Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. For the Topping:

  2. 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

  3. 1 tablespoon cornstarch

  4. 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  5. 1 1/2 cups cranberries, fresh or frozen, thawed, chopped (see Tip)

  6. 1 1/2 cups finely chopped peeled tart apple, such as Granny Smith (about 1 large)

  7. 1/2 cup cranberry juice cocktail, orange juice or apple juice

  8. For the Cake:

  9. 1 cup all-purpose flour

  10. 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour

  11. 1 teaspoon baking powder

  12. 1/4 teaspoon salt

  13. 1/8 teaspoon baking soda

  14. 1/4 cup canola oil

  15. 3 tablespoons butter, slightly softened

  16. 3/4 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest

  17. 3/4 cup granulated sugar, plus

  18. 1 tablespoon for sprinkling

  19. 1 large egg

  20. 3/4 cup low-fat milk

  21. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  22. Kitchen tip

  23. To make quick work of chopping cranberries, place whole berries in a food processor and pulse a few times until the berries are coarsely chopped.

  24. Kitchen note

  25. A nonreactive pan-stainless steel, enamel-coated or glass-is necessary when cooking acidic foods, such as cranberries, to prevent the food from reacting with the pan. Reactive pans, such as aluminum and cast-iron, can impart an off color and/or off flavor in acidic foods.

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat a 9-inch springform pan with cooking spray.

  2. To prepare topping: Whisk brown sugar, cornstarch and cinnamon in a medium nonreactive saucepan (see Kitchen note) until combined. Stir in cranberries, apple and juice. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring. Continue to cook, stirring, until the mixture thickens and the berries soften, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool.

  3. To prepare cake: Whisk all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda in a medium bowl.

  4. Beat oil, butter and lemon zest in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer, first on medium speed, then on medium-high, until well combined, about 11/2 minutes. Gradually add 3/4 cup sugar, beating until the mixture is light in color and well blended. Add egg and beat until the batter is smooth, about 1 minute longer. With the mixer on low speed, beat in half the flour mixture until just incorporated. Gradually beat in milk and vanilla until just incorporated. Add the remaining flour mixture and beat until a smooth batter forms, about 1 minute, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.

  5. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan, spreading to the edges. Spread the topping in an even layer over the batter; do not stir.

  6. Bake the cake on the middle rack until the top is puffed in places and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (the fruit topping will still be moist), 40 to 50 minutes. Sprinkle the remaining 1 tablespoon sugar over the top. Transfer the pan to a wire rack; let stand until cooled to warm, about 20 minutes. To serve, run a knife along the edge of the pan, remove the pan sides and cut the cake into wedges.


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