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cranberry gingerbread bundt bake on a platter

Easy Cranberry Gingerbread Bundt Cake

5 from 7 votes
This cranberry gingerbread bundt cake is so easy thanks to box cake mix and store-bought caramel sauce. No one can resist the classic holiday flavors, and you hardly broke a sweat!
Prep Time:10 mins
Cook Time:35 mins
Total Time:45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas, vegetarian
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 325kcal
Author: Sip + Sanity | Linda Feller


  • cooking spray
  • 1 box Trader Joe's Gingerbread Cake & Cookie Mix*  14 oz box
  • 1 large egg
  • cup vegetable oil
  • ¾ cup water
  • ½ cup sea salt caramel sauce warmed slightly in microwave
  • 1 tbsp whiskey
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a bundt pan with cooking spray.
  • Prepare the gingerbread cake batter per the box instructions using the appropriate amount of water, eggs and oil.
  • Combine the prepared caramel sauce and whiskey in a small mixing bowl. Pour this into the bottom of the bundt pan. Sprinkle the fresh cranberries on top of the caramel. Finally, pour the cake batter into the pan trying not to disturb the caramel and cranberries too much.
  • Bake the cake for the amount of time listed on the box PLUS an extra 5-10 minutes.** The caramel sauce and cranberries in the bottom of the pan add moisture and bubble up through the cake. Therefore, you'll need to bake the cake longer than the box instructs. Use a cake tester or toothpick to help determine when the cake is done. When inserted, it should come out clean and the cake should not jiggle.
  • Let the cake rest for a few minutes, then carefully turn it out onto a cake plate.


*Gingerbread cake mix is a seasonal item. Trader Joe's and Betty Crocker brands are both about 14 oz and the size needed for this recipe. The amount of water, oil + eggs differs between brands; use the amounts called for on the box. Betty Crocker can be found in grocery stores as well as department stores like Walmart + Target.
**Trader Joe's instructs baking for 25-30 minutes, Betty Crocker for 38-43 minutes.


Calories: 325kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 330mg | Potassium: 81mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 54IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutritional values are estimated and provided as a general guideline only. I earn a commission from Instacart from qualifying ingredient purchases.

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