Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Dan Becker
YieldsMakes 12Total Time1 hr 15 mins
You will need a mini Bundt pan with 12 cups, each holding 6 tbsp.; we like Wilton's mini fluted tube pan ($12; walmart.com). You'll have leftover berry sauce, which you can use to spread on a turkey sandwich or add to a smoothie.

How to Make It

Step 1
1

Bring cranberries, 3 tbsp. juice, and 1/4 cup granulated sugar to a boil in a small saucepan. Reduce heat; simmer mixture, stirring often, until most of berries pop, about 4 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes. Stir in remaining 3 tbsp. juice and purée in a food processor. Let cool completely.

Step 2
2

Preheat oven to 350°. Coat mini Bundt pan with cooking spray.

Step 3
3

Beat butter, 3 oz. cream cheese, and 1 cup plus 2 tbsp. granulated sugar in a bowl with a mixer on medium speed until smooth. Scrape down sides; add eggs, vanilla extract, and salt. Beat on medium until blended, scraping down bowl as needed.

Step 4
4

Whisk together flour and baking powder in a medium bowl. Gradually add flour mixture to batter and beat on low speed just until blended.

Step 5
5

Fill each Bundt cup with 2 tbsp. batter. Dot each with 1/2 tbsp. cranberry sauce, then dollop 1 tbsp. batter on top of sauce, leaving some of it exposed. With a toothpick, swirl sauce and batter together.

Step 6
6

Bake cakes until a toothpick inserted in thickest part comes out clean, about 18 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes. Invert cakes from pan, using a small spatula if necessary to loosen them. Trim cake edges if you like.

Step 7
7

Beat remaining 2 oz. cream cheese in a bowl with a mixer until smooth. Add powdered sugar. Slit vanilla bean pod lengthwise and gently scrape out seeds with a small spoon into cream cheese mixture. Add 5 tsp. water and beat until smooth and creamy. Drizzle over slightly warm cakes.

Step 8
8

Note: Nutritional analysis is per cake.

Ingredients

 5 ounces frozen cranberries
 6 tablespoons cranberry juice cocktail, divided
 1 cup plus 6 tbsp. granulated sugar, divided
  Cooking-oil spray
 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
 5 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature, divided
 3 large eggs
 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
 1/4 teaspoon salt
 1 cup flour
 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
 1 cup powdered sugar
 1 vanilla bean pod

Directions

Step 1
1

Bring cranberries, 3 tbsp. juice, and 1/4 cup granulated sugar to a boil in a small saucepan. Reduce heat; simmer mixture, stirring often, until most of berries pop, about 4 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes. Stir in remaining 3 tbsp. juice and purée in a food processor. Let cool completely.

Step 2
2

Preheat oven to 350°. Coat mini Bundt pan with cooking spray.

Step 3
3

Beat butter, 3 oz. cream cheese, and 1 cup plus 2 tbsp. granulated sugar in a bowl with a mixer on medium speed until smooth. Scrape down sides; add eggs, vanilla extract, and salt. Beat on medium until blended, scraping down bowl as needed.

Step 4
4

Whisk together flour and baking powder in a medium bowl. Gradually add flour mixture to batter and beat on low speed just until blended.

Step 5
5

Fill each Bundt cup with 2 tbsp. batter. Dot each with 1/2 tbsp. cranberry sauce, then dollop 1 tbsp. batter on top of sauce, leaving some of it exposed. With a toothpick, swirl sauce and batter together.

Step 6
6

Bake cakes until a toothpick inserted in thickest part comes out clean, about 18 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes. Invert cakes from pan, using a small spatula if necessary to loosen them. Trim cake edges if you like.

Step 7
7

Beat remaining 2 oz. cream cheese in a bowl with a mixer until smooth. Add powdered sugar. Slit vanilla bean pod lengthwise and gently scrape out seeds with a small spoon into cream cheese mixture. Add 5 tsp. water and beat until smooth and creamy. Drizzle over slightly warm cakes.

Step 8
8

Note: Nutritional analysis is per cake.

Cranberry-Vanilla Mini Bundts