cranberry duff

Cranberry Duff | @melaniebauer at Melanie Makes

Looking for an easy holiday dessert that’s not only pretty to look at, but is absolutely delicious as well?  This one is for you!  Cranberries take center stage in this New England spin of a cranberry upside down cake – otherwise known as Cranberry Duff.  Layers of cranberries, pecans and sugar followed by a not-too-sweet batter are baked and then inverted to create this showstopper.  Don’t be fooled!  You can have this ready for your holiday table in 60 minutes or less.

Cranberry Duff | @melaniebauer at Melanie Makes

This was one of the recipes that I made at the very first Thanksgiving I cooked on my own.  I had torn the page out of that year’s Martha Stewart Living magazine and was determined to serve this new-to-me dish.  It was gone in minutes and I guarantee it won’t last long at your home either!

Cranberry Duff

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes


1-1/2 cups cranberries

1/2 cup pecans, coarsely chopped

1/3 cup sugar

1 large egg

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

6 tablespoons butter, melted


Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Butter bottom and sides of 8" baking dish. Spread cranberries evenly over bottom of baking dish. Sprinkle with pecans and then 1/3 cup sugar.

In an electric mixer fitted with whisk attachment, whisk together egg and 1/2 cup sugar on medium-high speed for 1 minute. Reduce speed and gradually beat in flour and then salt. When combined, mix in butter.

Pour batter into pan, covering cranberries. Bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 45 minutes.

Let cool 10 minutes and then run a knife along the edge to loosen. Invert onto serving platter and serve warm or at room temperature.


Cranberry Duff | @melaniebauer at Melanie Makes

I’ve made this delightful dessert in both a round and square 8″ pan, depending on my intended serving platter, with great results.

To create the sugared cranberry garnish, simply wet cranberries and then roll in a shallow bowl filled with sugar.  Perfection.


  1. it looks yummy!

  2. your cranberry duff caught my eye / hmm / what is a duff ? we made it with the pie cherries from my tree that had been picked and put in the freeze to use for my 80th birthday party / so we had cherry duff and it was fantasmagoric / heaps of whipped cream / we had enough cherries for two duffs / they didnt exactly come out of the pans as yours did, so we served up with spoons / the duff part was nicely carmelized around the edges / everyone loved it

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