Need a festive, holiday season dessert? This tasty white chocolate cranberry cake features moist sponge cake alternated with cake cream & cranberry sauce.

A slice of white chocolate cranberry cake.

There’s nothing quite like the flavor combination of creamy white chocolate and puckery cranberries. This cake not only combines the two but also features a light and fluffy sponge cake. If you’re on the fence about what to bring to your holiday party, look no further.

Kitchen Tool Recommendations

While not completely necessary, there are a couple of kitchen tools we like to use to put this tasty cake together.

  • KitchenAid Stand Mixer – A stand mixer makes whipping up the batter and frosting super simple. If you’ve ever tried making whipped cream by hand, you know exactly what we’re talking about!
  • Round Cake Pans – These 9-inch round cake pans are perfect for creating proportional cake layers.
  • Medium Saucepan – A sturdy, heavy-bottomed saucepan is just what you need to make the cranberry filling.
  • Cake Frosting Spatula – To get a perfectly smooth finish on your frosting, nothing compares to a cake spatula. You can use a standard butter knife, but it will not get anywhere near as smooth.

How to Prepare White Chocolate Cranberry Cake

Preparing this Christmas-worthy white chocolate cranberry cake requires you to make two sponge cake layers, a quick cranberry sauce, and some creamy white chocolate cream cheese frosting.

Baking the Sponge Cake

  • Prepare Sponge Cake: This recipe will need two 9 inch sponge cakes. Prepare according to sponge cake instructions.
a sponge cake on a counter

Whipping Up the Cranberry Filling

  • Simmer the Sauce: Simmer the fresh cranberries, sugar, and lemon juice in a small saucepan for 10 minutes. Remove it from heat and allow it to cool to room temperature.
  • Spread the Sauce: Spread the cranberry sauce onto each cake layer.
Cranberries with sugar in a pot.

Making the White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Prepare the Frosting Ingredients: Soften the butter and cream cheese at room temperature. Melt the white chocolate chips in the microwave and stir them until smooth in consistency. Cool the chocolate to room temperature.
  • Whip the Butter & Cream Cheese: Whip the unsalted butter and cream cheese together, followed by the white chocolate. In a separate bowl, beat the cold heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks form. In small portions, add it to the butter and cream cheese mixture.

Assembling the Cake

  • Frost the Cake: Place the first layer of cake on a plate. Spread the cream cheese frosting on each layer of the cake, stacking them one on top of the other as you go. Frost the remainder of the cream all over the outside of the cake.
  • Decorate the Cake: Decorate the cake with sugared cranberries and pine needles if you wish. Slice, serve, and dig in!

Tips & Tricks for the Tastiest White Chocolate Cranberry Cake

Use the following tips and tricks to take your cake to the next level.

  • Use the toothpick test to gauge doneness. If you’re unsure if your sponge cake is fully-cooked, stick a toothpick into the center. If it comes out clean, the sponge cake is ready!
  • Soak your cake layers to make them extra moist. If you like moist cakes, soak the cake layers with some cranberry juice before adding the cranberry sauce. This will give them that extra “oomph” you’re looking for.
  • Allow the cake to sit overnight. To lock in the flavors and moisture, let the cake refrigerate overnight before serving it. This will also make it more sturdy.
White chocolate cranberry cake.

Storage Best Practices

To keep your cake fresh for up to a week to a week and a half, keep it stored in an airtight cake container in the fridge. As it sits, it will continue to develop and deepen its flavors, making for some pretty incredible leftovers. Avoid leaving the cake out at room temperature too long, as it’s prone to melting.


What ingredient keeps white chocolate cranberry cake moist?

The cranberry filling is what keeps white chocolate cranberry cake so moist. As it sits, the filling seeps into the cake layers, keeping them perfectly hydrated and making for one incredible slice of cake.

Can you use frozen cranberries in white chocolate cranberry cake?

Yes, you can use frozen cranberries to make the cranberry filling for white chocolate cranberry cake. To prevent the sauce from turning out too watery, allow the frozen cranberries to thaw completely at room temperature. Then, drain them of any excess moisture before cooking them down in the saucepan.

Can you freeze white chocolate cranberry cake?

It’s not a good idea to freeze white chocolate cranberry cake. Upon thawing, the cream cheese frosting gets gritty and loses its fluffiness. If you want to, you can freeze the sponge cake to speed up the assembling process.

Can you omit the butter in the frosting for white chocolate cranberry cake?

Yes, you can omit the butter in the frosting for white chocolate cranberry cake if you don’t like that white chocolate buttercream frosting flavor. Instead, replace it with equal parts cream cheese for a more tangy frosting.

Where can you find pine needles for white chocolate cranberry cake?

You can find pine needles for decorating white chocolate cranberry cake outside from a tree itself! If there aren’t any pine trees in your area, you can typically find pine tree stalks in crafting stores and grocery stores during the holiday season.

What kind of flour should you use for white chocolate cranberry cake?

Regular, old-fashioned all-purpose flour is all you need to make the sponge cake for white chocolate cranberry cake. Avoid using cake flour, as it will affect the texture of the sponge cake and make it less fluffy.

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Natalya founded Momsdish to demonstrate that placing a homemade meal on the table is not hard at all. Natalya makes cooking easier and approachable, by simplifying the ingredients, while still producing the same great taste.