Cut them in the classic triangle Starbucks shape or into squares! It won't matter, they taste the same, only better than bought! Isn't homemade always better?
Last week when I was in Albany we went to the Barnes & Noble at the Colonie Center mall. While there I got my first eggnog latte (pretty darn good!) and eyed the Cranberry Bliss Bars. The baker in me looks at these goodies and thinks to myself - I can't eat that storemade dessert - I can make that and it would probably be better! lol. Is that food snobish?
These were so good, it would be easy to eat more than just one if you have a hot cup of coffee to wash the sweetness down.....they are pretty darn sweet! I have a few things to mention about the recipe.
- Everything seemed fine while mixing the recipe together and it spread in the 9x13 pan just fine. However, when it came out of the oven I thought it was going to stick terribly to the pan. I worked some prying magic however and was able to salvage the cake. I would maybe bake it 5 minutes less than called for and put parchment paper in the cake pan to help alleviate the sticking.
- The recipe mentions using shortening. Shortening is a solid - its not the same thing as oil. It needs to be melted but the recipe does not state that. I also suggest using a disposable pastry bag to pipe the drizzles over the cake. The suggestion to drizzle it in a sweeping motions is NOT going to work. The icing drops off in big clumps when you do that and its not as pretty!
- For the Cake:
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
- 1 ¼ cups light brown sugar, packed
- 3 eggs
- 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
- 1 teaspoon ginger
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- ¾ cup diced dried cranberries
- 6 ounces white chocolate, cut into chunks
- For the Frosting:
- 4-ounces cream cheese, softened
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 4 teaspoons lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ cup diced dried cranberries
- For the Drizzled Icing:
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 2 teaspoons vegetable shortening
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Make cake by beating butter and brown sugar together with an electric mixer until smooth. Add eggs, vanilla, ginger, and salt and beat well. Gradually mix in baking powder and flour until smooth. Mix ¾ cup diced dried cranberries and white chocolate into the batter by hand. Pour batter into a well-greased 9x13" baking pan. Use a spatula to spread the batter evenly across the pan. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until cake is light brown on the edges. Allow cake to cool.
- Make frosting by combining softened cream cheese, 3 cups powdered sugar, lemon juice and vanilla extract in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until smooth. When the cake has cooled, use a spatula to spread frosting over the top of the cake.
- Sprinkle ¼ cup of diced cranberries over the frosting on the cake.
- Whisk together ½ cup powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon milk, and shortening. Drizzle icing over the cranberries in a sweeping motion or use a pastry bag with a fine tip to drizzle frosting across the top of the cake.
- Allow cake to sit for several hours, then slice the cake lengthwise (the long way) through the middle. Slice the cake across the width three times making a total of eight rectangular slices. Slice each of those rectangles diagonally creating 16 triangular slices.
I just made these and posted them recently, too. Very good! A newer "trick" I always do now, no matter what I'm baking, is foil line the pan and spray lightly. It's so easy to just lift things right out of the pan to cut them and they never stick!
You are a non-stop goodie making machine! I can just imagine how delicious your home must smell at the holidays!
Yep, I agree. Homemade is def better than Starbucks anytime!
Move over Starbucks is absolutely right! These look even better than the storebought.
These look delicious-I'm certain they rival the ones at Starbucks! I must try these out-yum!
These look delicious!!!
Oh yeah these are nice...love them! I know your are better.
These sound good...and a gold star for trying it yourself. No problem being a food snob...I do the same thing myself! That is the beauty of knowing you CAN do it yourself!!
These look super schweet! I love things with cranberries and white chocolate.
I love these!! Yours look so much more beautiful than Starbucks. I'll take these over theirs anyday! YUM!
I know I could easily eat more than my share of these! Well done!
Shelby-these look absolutely beautiful! I just saw these yesterday at Starbucks, but didn't want to spend the $$$ on a little sliver of "sweetness"! Thanks for posting the recipe, I can't wait to try these from my own kitchen. 🙂
Just too awesome for words. I love it when homemade trumps the big boys' version! Very pretty.
i made these last year and love them. they're not exactly like the starbucks version, but i actually like the homemade version better 🙂
The Food Librarian
I've seen these at Starbucks but never had...and yours look 100 times better!!!
Oh yum, those look so delicious!
Oh how fabulous, I love these at Starbucks and it bums me out they only have them at the holidays!
I have never eaten one of these--I am afraid I react similarly to Starbucks' baked goods! Yours, on the other hand, looks quite yummy.
Thanks for the recipe! Can't wait to try this one!
Looks delicious. Just like the ones at Starbucks. When I see cookies and cakes in bake shops I always think how much cheaper it would be to make it rather than buy it already made....and fresher!