sugared cranberry and rosemary bundt cake

This year flew by and with Thanksgiving this week, Christmas purchases and planning has commenced in my house.  Today, I woke up with a strong desire to use my bundt pan in a very Christmasy way, so I headed to the store for ingredients that remind me of the magical holiday.  Of course, cranberries came first to mind and I knew I would incorporate rosemary as well, but I found myself throwing coconut in my cart as well.  Coconut cake reminds me of the holidays because it is something my family would make at Christmas gatherings.  My dad would eat the whole thing (sorry dad, but its true) and therefore it is on my Christmas menu this year.

I’ve also got a yummy snacking mix to share as well… because what else is there to do while you wait for a cake to bake other than snack?!

cranberry toffee snack mix #wincocheer

I love the way sugared cranberries look on top of a cake, so I got those going right away.  They take some time, so they really need to be addressed before anything else.  While they are going on top of the cake, I first made a Christmas snack mix with them, some Rice Chex cereal and other ingredients.  I wanted to stick with the same flavors as the cake, so I threw in toasted coconut, nuts, a bit of finely chopped rosemary, salty pretzel pieces and toffee bits.  Feel free to swap out ingredients for whatever you have in your pantry – that is the beauty of a snack mix.

cranberry toffee coconut snack mix #wincocheer

sugared cranberries #wincocheer

The key parts of any good mix are :sweet, salty, tart and savory with all kinds of textures.  In this mix, the tart cranberries pop in your mouth, which is definitely the highlight of the mix.  The white chocolate drizzle adds the sweetness and the surprising rosemary, a savory pop.  Rice Chex, the pretzels and nuts provide the perfect crunchy texture, which is probably most important – everyone loves a good crunch!

sweet and salty chex snack mix #wincocheer

Sweet and Salty Party Mix

  • 1/2 cup Chex Cereal
  • 1/2 cup pretzels, broken
  • 1/3 cup toasted coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/4 cup toasted walnuts, broken
  • 1/4 cup toffee bits
  • 1 Tbl rosemary, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate
  1. Assemble every ingredient except the white chocolate in a bowl.
  2. Melt white chocolate.  Drizzle over dry ingredients and mix with hands to combine.

Okay, so let’s get to the main event – the cake!  I used a Betty Crocker SuperMoist Yellow Cake Mix today, which was really great since I didn’t have a lot of time.  Not all boxed cake mixes are created equal but I always have good luck with Betty Crocker, so I stick with her.  This mix made the perfect cake for me – moist and fluffy.  If you want an even moister cake, you can always use milk instead of water – that’s a good trick – and of course, be super careful not to overbake!

For this bunt, I used a spiral or swirl bundt pan and on top of the cake I schmeared on a bit of white icing.  I chose Betty Crocker icing since this was a cake of convenience and simply warmed it up a bit so it was easier to spread.  Then came the coconut flake snow and the rosemary trees in between each cake peak with a sugared cranberry.  Sugared cranberries also went in the middle and around the edge because every slice needs many yummy cranberries!

I cannot get over the festive colors of this cake – the deep cranberry red, the fresh green and the pure white.  Technically, you could serve this cake any time of year but it definitely says “Christmas” without beating you over the head with the holiday.  I think this cake is a very elegant one and it is just right for any event during the winter season!

sugared cranberries holiday recipes #wincocheer

I bought every ingredient used in these two recipes at WinCo.  This was my first trip ever to WinCo (it is in a neighboring city and I didn’t realize it was there until now) but not my last.  Actually, now that I know how amazing WinCo is, I’ll be more prepared next time with a bigger list! One of my favorite parts about the store, besides it being open 24 hours, is the convenient bulk bins that allow you to get the exact amount of your ingredients, from quinoa to coffee.

Before you head out to WinCo, download these coupons:
Save $1 on Bulk Foods when you buy four Better Crocker SuperMoist Cake Mix or Ready to Spread Frosting (any flavors / varieties)
Save $1 on Bulk Foods when you buy any two boxes of Chex cereal (any flavors / varieties)

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sugared cranberry and coconut bundt cake

  • 1 Betty Crocker SumperMoist Yellow Cake Mix
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 2/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • buttermilk frosting
  • sugared cranberries
  • rosemary sprigs
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes
  1. Prepare the cake per instructions, subbing in coconut milk and oil.
  2. After the cake has cooled, smooth icing over the top, sprinkle on coconut flakes, apply rosemary sprigs and sugared cranberries.


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  1. Lisa L
    November 24, 2015 at 4:12 pm — Reply

    My fave is Tres Leches Cake

  2. November 24, 2015 at 8:53 pm — Reply

    Your recipes look so festive. never thought to put cranberries in a Chex Mix.

  3. SueSueper
    November 26, 2015 at 3:21 pm — Reply

    My favourite Holiday cake is Cherry Cheesecake.

  4. trixx
    November 27, 2015 at 9:47 pm — Reply

    My favorite is Chocolate-Mint cake. YUM!

  5. Jaime
    November 28, 2015 at 1:37 pm — Reply

    Old family recipe: Chubby Choco

  6. Shannon K
    November 28, 2015 at 4:45 pm — Reply

    German Chocolate

  7. November 29, 2015 at 7:37 am — Reply

    My favorite holiday cake is pumpkin cheesecake

  8. Cynthia C
    November 29, 2015 at 8:17 am — Reply

    My favorite is a butterscotch nut torte that I make for holidays.

  9. Elena
    November 29, 2015 at 1:59 pm — Reply

    I like chocolate cake

  10. Ann Fantom
    November 29, 2015 at 4:18 pm — Reply

    I like red velvet cake during the holidays

  11. November 29, 2015 at 6:57 pm — Reply

    I like pumpkin or gingerbread cake during the holidays.

  12. Ashley
    November 30, 2015 at 5:56 am — Reply

    red velvet!

  13. Natalie
    November 30, 2015 at 8:12 am — Reply

    My favorite Holiday cake is a cherry vanilla buttercream cake.

  14. November 30, 2015 at 8:26 am — Reply

    I like carrot cake for the holidays

  15. Carol Nine
    November 30, 2015 at 8:37 am — Reply

    My favorite holiday cake is fruitcake.

  16. Lisa
    November 30, 2015 at 8:40 am — Reply

    I like a spice cake.

  17. Sharon Cubic
    November 30, 2015 at 8:54 am — Reply

    I love chocolate cake with candy canes crushed on top.

  18. Allyson Bossie
    November 30, 2015 at 9:52 am — Reply

    Tipsy Parson cake is my favorite holiday cake!

  19. Amie George
    November 30, 2015 at 10:08 am — Reply

    That cake looks AMAZING! I’m going to have to try it. My favorite all time cake is Pineapple Upside Down Cake.

  20. Cindy Peterson
    November 30, 2015 at 10:17 am — Reply

    Angel food with a chocolate icing is my favorite cake for the holidays. Something called Angel food fits this holy season.

  21. LaTanya
    November 30, 2015 at 11:33 am — Reply

    german chocolate cake

  22. Deborah Wellenstein
    November 30, 2015 at 1:03 pm — Reply

    I do like a chocolate layer cake with whipped cream frosting.

  23. November 30, 2015 at 1:04 pm — Reply

    Angel Food Cake for the win!

  24. Ty
    November 30, 2015 at 1:37 pm — Reply

    My favorite holiday cake is sweet potato cheesecake!

  25. Sarah Sobocinski
    November 30, 2015 at 3:20 pm — Reply

    I love chocolate cake.

  26. Laura J
    November 30, 2015 at 7:02 pm — Reply

    Oh I love chocolate cake with chocolate frosting!

  27. Kelly Nicholson
    November 30, 2015 at 8:04 pm — Reply

    What is your favorite holiday cake?

    I like a nice carrot cake thanks

  28. Ashley C
    December 2, 2015 at 6:01 am — Reply

    My favorite holiday cake is german chocolate cake!

  29. Stacy
    December 9, 2015 at 1:06 pm — Reply

    My favorite holiday cake is cheesecake.

  30. richelle bowers
    December 10, 2015 at 8:24 am — Reply

    My favorite Holiday cake is Cherry Cheesecake

  31. December 10, 2015 at 10:53 am — Reply

    My favorite Holiday Cake is Red Velvet Cake.

  32. sandra
    December 11, 2015 at 6:05 pm — Reply

    a pumpkin spice bundt cake

  33. Mary Songer
    December 11, 2015 at 6:23 pm — Reply

    My favorite is a Tres Leches Cake. Sooooo good.

  34. Tasha Wilkerson
    December 11, 2015 at 11:01 pm — Reply

    My grandmas german chocolate cake!

  35. December 12, 2015 at 12:16 am — Reply

    My favorite is mint chocolate cake! But I love pie more… especially cream cheese pie. Yummm!!

  36. Mary Gardner
    December 12, 2015 at 6:10 am — Reply

    My favorite Holiday cake is coconut cake!

  37. Candie L
    December 12, 2015 at 11:23 am — Reply

    I really like Red Velvet cake. Thank you

  38. Bonnie Clyne
    December 12, 2015 at 8:02 pm — Reply

    My favorite holiday cake is ice cream cake….any kind!

  39. December 14, 2015 at 12:16 pm — Reply

    I like Angel Food Cake!

  40. Richard Hicks
    December 14, 2015 at 8:46 pm — Reply

    I like fruit cake

  41. Daniel M
    December 14, 2015 at 9:28 pm — Reply

    chocolate is always my fav

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