Cranberry Spice Cake with Maple Glaze

Last night my son and I got a little creative in the kitchen.  I am trying to teach him how to smell different spices and teach him to taste how they can change different foods.  A fun way to work with this is to make a spice cake.  I let him pick out the one additional spice to add to the cake.  (of course, I helped narrow the selection quite a bit)  Even his little 3 year old  nose could smell how wonderful the cardamom is.  This bundt cake would make a beautiful addition to your Thanksgiving or Christmas buffet and, speaking from recent experience, it goes wonderfully with a cup of coffee in the morning.  Yes……we eat cake for breakfast sometimes……on Saturdays……or Sundays……or Mondays…..or…..

This cake is extremely easy because we based it off of a box spice cake mix.  We combined that with the eggs that the box calls for, applesauce, amaretto liquor, fresh cranberries and the mystery spice of cardamom.  We topped the cake off with a quick and easy to make maple glaze.  Every bite of this cake tastes like the holidays!


Cranberry Spice Cake with Maple Glaze

1 box spice cake mix

1.5 teaspoons ground cardamom

3 eggs

1/4 cup amaretto liquor

1/4 water

3/4 cup applesauce

1 lb bag of fresh cranberries, washed and dried.



Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine the cake mix, cardamom, eggs, amaretto, water, and applesauce in a large mixing bowl.  Using a hand mixer, beat ingredients on low speed for 1 minute.   Gently fold in cranberries. Pour batter into a prepped bundt pan.  Bake for 35 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean.  Remove cake from the oven and let cool slightly.  Transfer cake to serving platter.  Top with glaze.

For the glaze:  Combine maple syrup and powdered sugar in small bowl.  whisk until smooth.  Pour over cake.