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Cranberry Buckle is a cake baked in a cast iron skillet with fresh cranberries. It is an easy Christmas dessert that the whole family will love.

Cranberry buckle baked in a cast iron skilletCranberry Buckle

It’s cranberry season, and this Cranberry Buckle is an easy cake recipe you can make from Thanksgiving, to Christmas, all the way through New Year’s. I love using cranberries in recipes add a little sugar and they have the perfect mix of sweet and tart.

We’ve share all sorts of cranberry recipes with you like our Cranberry Orange French Toast, Cranberry Jello Salad, Cranberry Sweet Potato Casserole, and one of my favorites, Cranberry Fluff. This Cranberry Buckle may be the easiest one of all.  It starts with a simple cake batter, and fresh cranberries, everything is poured into a hot skillet and it is baked in the oven until you get this rustic, cake that is a little sweet, a little tart, and totally delicious.

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I keep talking about this Cranberry Buckle, and if you guys are anything like me you’re wondering, what exactly is a buckle?

What is the Difference Between a Buckle, a Cobbler, and a Crisp?

A buckle is made with a more traditional cake batter that is put in the pan first. The fruit is add on top of it and as the cake bakes the cake rises around the fruit making it look buckled in the center. A cobbler is made with fruit in a baking dish that is topped with drop biscuits that bake on top the sugared fruit beneath it. Lastly, a crisp (sometimes called a crumble) is similar to a cobbler in that the fruit goes in first, but it is topped with a streusel that is crumbled on top of the fruit and bakes along with it.

fresh cranberries and a abaked Cranberry buckle

The cake batter is made with a mix of flour, baking powder, milk, and sugar. I like to make my buckle in a skillet so I melt butter in my skillet then pour the batter in and sprinkle cranberries over the top. Sprinkle a little extra sugar over the top and put the whole thing carefully in the oven to bake at 350 degrees F for about an hour, or until a toothpick poked into the middle of the cake comes out clean.

When it comes out of the oven this rustic cake smells so good! Cut it into a wedge and serve it on a plate with a scoop of ice cream and you’ve got yourself the perfect winter dessert!

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Servings: 10
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Cranberry Buckle

This Cranberry buckle is a simple skillet cake filled with tart cranberries.
Cranberry buckle baked in a cast iron skillet
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  • 1/2 cup Butter
  • 3 cups Cranberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup Sugar , plus more for sprinkling
  • 1 cup Flour
  • 2 teaspoon Baking powder
  • 1 cup Milk , whole milk preferably
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Heat a 10 inch skillet over medium high heat and melt the butter in it.
  • While the butter melts make your batter. In a large bowl combine sugar, flour, and baking powder. Whisk to thoroughly combine.
  • Add milk to the dry mixture whisking it together.
  • Add the vanilla stirring until mixed.
  • Pour the melted butter into the mixture, stirring until fully combined. Then pour the mixture into the skillet.
  • Sprinkle the cranberries over the top of the mix going all the way out to the edges. The cake will puff and the cranberries will move inwards as it bakes.
  • Sprinkle the top with a little more sugar and then place the skillet in the oven.
  • Bake cake for 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted int he center comes out clean.
  • Serve warm with a scoop of ice cream and enjoy!


Calories: 231kcal, Carbohydrates: 34g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 26mg, Sodium: 93mg, Potassium: 152mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 22g, Vitamin A: 325IU, Vitamin C: 4mg, Calcium: 70mg, Iron: 0.7mg
Nutrition Disclaimer: We are not certified nutritionists. Nutrition facts are an estimate and are provided as a courtesy. They are generated by an online API which recognizes ingredient names and amounts and makes calculations based on the serving size. Results may vary.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American