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Lemon Cranberry Loaves

Rating: 5 11 Comments

Be sure you use fresh cranberries and Duncan Hines Lemon Cake Mix to get the full impact of this delightfully tart Lemon Cranberry Loaf.


  1. Preheat oven to 350 ºF. Grease and flour two 8 1/2 x 4 1/2-inch loaf pans.
  2. Stir together cranberries, walnuts and granulated sugar in large bowl; set aside.
  3. Combine cake mix, milk and cream cheese in large bowl. Beat at medium speed with electric mixer for 2 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating for 2 minutes. Fold in cranberry mixture. Pour into prepared pans.
  4. Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool in pans 15 minutes. Loosen loaves from pans. Invert onto cooling rack. Turn right side up. Cool completely. Dust with icing sugar.


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dgood3347 on Nov 7, 2015 5:22 p.m.

I have made this as a loaf and as muffins, and I love it! I do leave the extra sugar, and don't dust with the icing sugar, but I do add a few cranberries and nuts on the top - it is a huge hit!

applepie on May 21, 2014 2:02 p.m.

I am very interested in trying this but my hubby is lactose intolerant. Could I sub the cream cheese for Yogurt?

sou1970 on Apr 4, 2013 4:14 p.m.

how does it taste how good does it taste?

emmyjr1 on Feb 9, 2013 12:14 a.m.

So easy! So yummy!

Muffin Maven on Dec 8, 2012 4:23 p.m.

Followed the recipe as written with one exception. I did not add sugar as there is sugar in the cake mix, and confectioners sugar added to the sweetness; Apart from that, two loaves baked perfectly. They will be sold, (along with other goodies) on Sunday during the Sunday School Children's bake sale.

Muffin Maven on Dec 8, 2012 4:25 p.m.

So sorry for the non-rated comments. Herewith rating for LEMON CRANBERRY LOAF..

georgina on Sep 21, 2011 3:11 p.m.

my thing is to cut down on fat and calories when i can. for this recipe, i used 3/4 c cranberries, left out the 1/4 c sugar as there is sugar in the mix, substituted skim milk and fat free cm cheese. last thing was 3 eggs. i don't know what the actual recipe tastes like but mine was really quite good. had the neighbours over for tea, they had seconds soooo, nuff said

Niomie on Aug 10, 2011 11:41 a.m.

I recently made this recipe and it turned out really nice. I actually had a hard time trying to find FRESH cranberries at this time of year. So i looked for frozen ones...couldn't find any either. So i bought some dried ones like u put into salads. I just soaked them in some cranberry juice for about an hour. then drained off the juice from them and used them that way. the only thing i FORGOT to do was to coat them with Flour so they wouldn't SINK to the bottom of the batter! lol. It still turned out really nice. would def make this one again.

Marieanne on Aug 3, 2011 9:22 a.m.

As for making muffins.. you can use this for cupcakes but muffins should be a thicker batter. I add 1/2 tsp lemon extract to batter.

Rndmacts on Jul 5, 2011 5:07 p.m.

Could this recipe easily be converted to muffins.

tracie on Jul 6, 2011 7:34 a.m.

Why not! I'm thinking of using a bunt pan.