I saw the origianl recipe in a Quick Cooking magazine. It called for fresh or frozen cranberries. I perfer the dried ones, but anyone can surely change it up a bit too. I've been making this cake every Holiday season now for about 4 years. It's always a huge hit. The cranberries make it look so festive, and taste oh so good. I've had many request for this recipe and I hope you enjoy it too!!