This Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cake is the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving or Christmas menu.

Moist chocolate cake studded with cranberries and chocolate chips, served with a delicious cranberry sauce over the top.

Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cake

It’s day 2 of Cranberry Week and we are already in full swing. Great cranberry recipes abound.

Just follow #cranberryweek on social media and you will find all kinds of delicious recipes using cranberries!

I brought this Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cake to the table for the event today.

It’s a favorite at Thanksgiving and Christmas around here.

It’s a pretty easy, fool-proof recipe that is a big hit anytime I serve it.

Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cake

I have used both regular baking cocoa, AND dark baking cocoa for this cake.

Your choice. 

I also usually opt for mini chocolate chips, rather than full size chocolate chips, so you can do what you like.

Because this cake is so rich, we don’t usually top it with anything.

But a smooth chocolate ganache would be amazing on it.

We simply top it with the very easy Cranberry sauce that I have included for you.

It looks beautiful when served.

Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cake

You can make this cake in a 9×13 pan like I did, or you can make it in 2 9″ round pans, and create a ganache layer for in between. Adjust cooking temperatures accordingly.

The best part of this cake, is how completely versatile it is.

More Delicious Cranberry Recipes

It’s Cranberry Week! See all the other delicious cranberry recipes being shared today (and follow #cranberryweek to see even more):

In case you missed yesterdays recipe, I shared Cranberry Butter.

Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cake

Are you ready to make Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cake?

Don’t forget

Make sure to toss the cranberries in the tablespoon of flour.

The reason you do this, is to keep the cranberries from sinking to the bottom.

It works!

Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cake

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Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cake

Nicole Cook
Moist chocolate cake studded with cranberries and chocolate chips, served with a delicious cranberry sauce over the top. This Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cake is the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving or Christmas dessert menu.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 18
Calories 283 kcal


For Cake:

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 ¾ cups cake flour
  • ¾ cups cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 ½ teaspoons almond extract
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 ½ cups fresh cranberries
  • 1 Tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

For Cranberry Sauce

  • 8 ounces fresh cranberries
  • ½ cup orange juice freshly squeezed
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar


For the Cake:

  • Heat your oven to 350°F. I use a 13"x9" pan and greased it.
  • In a large bowl, mix the sugar, cake flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • Add the eggs, milk, oil and extract; beat on medium for 2 minutes.
  • Next, stir in the warm water.
  • In a bowl, combine the cranberries + 1 tablespoon of flour coating the cranberries in flour.
  • Add the floured cranberries and chocolate chips and gently stir.
  • Pour the batter into your prepared pan.
  • Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow to cool in pan for an additional 10-20 minutes after pulling out.

For the Cranberry Sauce:

  • Add all the ingredients to a medium sauce pan. Cook over medium heat until cranberries pop and mixture is thick.
  • Spoon over individual slices of cake.


Calories: 283kcalCarbohydrates: 47gProtein: 3gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.04gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 271mgPotassium: 155mgFiber: 2gSugar: 33gVitamin A: 79IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 56mgIron: 1mg
Keyword easy cake recipes, easy holiday recipes
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