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~ Cranberry Mayonnaise Cake With Cranberry Cream Cheese Frosting ~

Submitted by: | Source: Michigan Consolidated Gas Company cook booklet titled Holiday Feastings, circa 1971

~ Cranberry Mayonnaise Cake with Cranberry Cream Cheese Frosting ~
2010-11-23 Other
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I inherited a huge collection of these utilities company's cook booklets ~ apparently, they used to be distributed by gas and electric providers' Consumer Services departments to their customers at Christmas-time. The collection of booklets that I have ranges from the late 1940's through the 1980's and includes many different states. These little booklets feature the sweetest graphics, and some of the best recipes ever! Here's one that I haven't tried yet, but plan to for this Thanksgiving.

  • Servings: one 9" tube cake


1 can (1 Lb.) Whole Cranberry Sauce
3 cups Unsifted All-purpose Flour
1 cup Sugar
2 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Salt
1 cup Chopped Nuts, optional
1 cup Mayonnaise
Grated Rind of One Orange
½ cup Orange Juice
2 Tbsp Butter or Margarine
2 cups Confectioners Sugar
¼ cup Reserved Cranberry Sauce
3 oz Cream Cheese, softened



Preheat oven to 350F; grease well a 9 x 3.5" tube pan or spring-form pan.

Reserve 1/4 cup of the cranberry sauce for frosting.

Sift flour, sugar, soda, and salt together. Add remaining cranberry sauce, nuts if using, mayonnaise, and orange rind; mix well. Stir in orange juice.

Pour into prepared pan and bake at 350F for about 1 1/4 hours.

Remove from pan, cool completely, and frost.


Combine all ingredients and beat with mixer until creamy.

**For a drizzle-type of frosting, I'm going to try mixing the frosting ingredients and then thinning with some milk or cream...I'm never that neat when it comes to completely frosting a tube cake and so drizzling an icing over the top of one is way easier for me.

**A festive garnish could maybe be whole fresh cranberries (choose small ones) arranged in little "star" bunches on top of the cake.