Cranberry Eggnog Espresso Chocolate Chip Cake

No need for a mixer to make this easy and delicious Cranberry Eggnog and Espresso (Chocolate) Chip Cake. It’s sweet, tart and full of chocolate goodness, too! The perfect dessert for Christmas and New Year.

No need for a mixer to make this easy and delicious Cranberry Eggnog and Espresso (Chocolate) Chip Cake. It's sweet, tart and full of chocolate goodness, too! The perfect dessert for Christmas and New Year. | manilaspoon.com

This is my 13th cranberry recipe in the blog, can you believe it? I only realized that when I counted yesterday. That really shows how much we love cranberries in this family. It’s such a great ingredient to use whether for a savory or sweet dish as it imparts a tangy and fresh taste that contrasts, enhances or compliments other flavors. Of course, it is a natural holiday favorite too because of its vibrant red color which makes anything you add it to look festive and gorgeous.

No need for a mixer to make this easy and delicious Cranberry Eggnog and Espresso (Chocolate) Chip Cake. It's sweet, tart and full of chocolate goodness, too! The perfect dessert for Christmas and New Year. | manilaspoon.com

I do love cranberries in cake and that is why I decided for our holiday cake to use cranberries. I still had some eggnog so I added that to the mix to provide some flavor and moisture, too. To give a lovely contrast in colors, I also added some chocolate espresso chips – also great  for a little caffeine kick! After all this is a coffee cake too that would pair so well with your favorite cup of Joe. I am so happy that it turned out so well – very moist, pretty and really delicious!

No need for a mixer to make this easy and delicious Cranberry Eggnog and Espresso (Chocolate) Chip Cake. It's sweet, tart and full of chocolate goodness, too! The perfect dessert for Christmas and New Year. | manilaspoon.com

I used a 6-cup bundt pan here which I buttered and floured and, thankfully, the cake came out nicely.

No need for a mixer to make this easy and delicious Cranberry Eggnog and Espresso (Chocolate) Chip Cake. It's sweet, tart and full of chocolate goodness, too! The perfect dessert for Christmas and New Year. | manilaspoon.com

You can use a regular round bundt pan or something a bit more fancy. I found this pretty bundt in a goodwill store and it looked like new so I bought it right away.

No need for a mixer to make this easy and delicious Cranberry Eggnog and Espresso (Chocolate) Chip Cake. It's sweet, tart and full of chocolate goodness, too! The perfect dessert for Christmas and New Year. | manilaspoon.com

What makes the cake even more special is the delicious eggnog glaze/frost on top. This is optional but I think it not only adds extra sweetness but truly makes the cake yummier. Hope you try it this Christmas and enjoy it either as a snack or as part of your holiday dessert table!

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Cranberry Eggnog Espresso Chocolate Chip Cake

By: Manila Spoon
December 16, 2015

No need for a mixer to make this easy and delicious Cranberry Eggnog and Espresso (Chocolate) Chip Cake. It's sweet, tart and full of chocolate goodness, too! The perfect dessert for Christmas and New Year. | manilaspoon.com

Sweet-tangy, chocolaty with a hint of espresso and eggnog, this pretty, moist and delicious Cranberry Eggnog Espresso (Chocolate) Chip Cake is the perfect sweet treat for Christmas and New Year. Great with your favorite coffee, too.

Ingredients

    • 2 cups all purpose Flour
    • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
    • 3 eggs
    • 1 1/3 cup Sugar
    • 1 cup (8 oz) Eggnog
    • 1/3 cup Vegetable or Coconut Oil
    • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
    • 1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped Cranberries (coated/mixed with 2 tablespoons flour from the 2 cups flour)
    • 1 cup Espresso Chocolate Chips

For the Glaze

  • 1 cup Confectioner’s (powdered) Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 3 teaspoons Eggnog

 

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F/180C. Butter and flour a 6-cup bundt pan. Make sure to grease all the nooks and corner of the bundt pan especially if using a fancy one.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. In another large bowl, beat the eggs. No need for a mixer to do this; a sturdy whisk should do. I made this without using one and it came out fine. Add the sugar, eggnog, oil and vanilla extract and mix until combined. Alternately add the flour and the eggnog mixing everything after each addition until everything is blended. I divide the flour mix into three parts when I do this and then pour eggnog in between. Fold in the chopped cranberries (previously mixed with flour) and whatever remaining flour and the espresso chocolate chips. Transfer to the bundt pan ensuring every corner is properly filled. Smooth out the surface of the batter. Tap the cake on the counter top to release any remaining air bubbles (to prevent cake from falling). Bake in the preheated oven for 45-55 minutes or until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
  4. Leave it to cool in the bundt for about 10 minutes. Release the cake onto a rack to cool completely. Glaze the cake if desired.
  5. For the glaze: In a medium bowl, combine all the ingredients for the glaze. Mix well until you reach a glaze consistency. Drizzle the glaze all over the cake. Enjoy!

Yield: 8-10 slices
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cooking Time: 45-55 Minutes
Total Time: 1 Hour

 

No need for a mixer to make this easy and delicious Cranberry Eggnog and Espresso (Chocolate) Chip Cake. It's sweet, tart and full of chocolate goodness, too! The perfect dessert for Christmas and New Year. | manilaspoon.com

 

No need for a mixer to make this easy and delicious Cranberry Eggnog and Espresso (Chocolate) Chip Cake. It's sweet, tart and full of chocolate goodness, too! The perfect dessert for Christmas and New Year. | manilaspoon.com

28 Comments

  1. December 17, 2015 / 2:40 am

    I have bundt pan envy. Wow, that mold is so cool.

    • December 18, 2015 / 4:18 am

      Thanks Jameson! I do love this bundt pan!

  2. December 17, 2015 / 2:56 am

    13 cranberry recipes??? That is so awesome, we love 'em around here too. I love what you did here with the flavors of this cake…delicious!!! It did come out of your pan beautifully, gotta love Goodwill. Gorgeous cake Abby, hope you and your family are enjoying the Christmas season! xo

    • December 18, 2015 / 4:19 am

      I know…always look at goodwill first before buying anything new! Thanks Allie!

  3. December 17, 2015 / 7:46 am

    This cake is so cheery and festive, it just looks like Christmas! I'm sure it tastes amazing too!

    • December 18, 2015 / 4:20 am

      Thanks Sara! It tastes really good if I may say so.

  4. December 17, 2015 / 12:24 pm

    This is such a stunning looking cake. I really love the icing dripping down it too. You have just made me realise that I really need some more cranberry recipes on my blog.

  5. December 17, 2015 / 1:50 pm

    I love all the flavors in this cake. It screams Christmas and it is absolutely gorgeous

  6. December 18, 2015 / 11:51 am

    Dear Abigail, your bundt is absolutely beautiful! What a perfect dessert to get into the holiday spirit. I wish I had a slice of this right now. xoxo, Catherine

    • December 18, 2015 / 4:36 pm

      Thanks Catherine! I would love to pair my cuppa Joe with this everyday! Ha. 🙂

  7. December 18, 2015 / 6:33 pm

    This looks awesome! So festive and so beautiful. I love the eggnog glaze on the top as well. And, the pan that you baked it in is lovely.

  8. December 19, 2015 / 3:27 pm

    There's a lot of gorgeous flavors and colors going on in that cake. I'd love a big slice!

  9. December 20, 2015 / 6:37 am

    This cake looks and sounds like the perfect Christmas table choice!

  10. December 20, 2015 / 9:17 pm

    I have been pinning this recipe and I just love it!!

  11. December 20, 2015 / 10:16 pm

    Oh this looks amazing & love that you've used eggnog, delish!

  12. December 21, 2015 / 5:05 am

    What a pretty, festive bundt cake. I love the bundt form you're using! These ingredients are calling me. Love the cranberries, eggnog and expresso chips! Great combo for the holidays!

  13. December 21, 2015 / 7:24 am

    This looks absolutely fantastic! A gorgeous centrepiece for any dessert table. 🙂

  14. December 21, 2015 / 2:40 pm

    What a beautiful cake! This looks perfect for the holidays.

  15. December 21, 2015 / 10:03 pm

    We love cranberries too. This cake looks so festive and beautiful! Love the bundt pan you have used. 🙂

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