In a large, non-metallic bowl, combine sourdough starter, water, flour and powdered
Let ferment uncovered, for 2 to 3 hours in a warm place until bubbly and a
clear sour milk odor develops.
Heat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Coat a 9 x 13-inch pan with cooking
spray and, using a small sieve or shaker, dust lightly with cocoa powder.
In a separate large bowl, mix together sugar, oil, salt, vanilla extract, cinnamon
and baking soda.
Add eggs, melted semi-sweet baking chocolate, and cranberry sauce.
Combine the mixtures together and stir until well blended.
Pour into a 9 x 13-inch baking pan.
Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees F
(175 degrees C) for 30 to 35 minutes, or until knife inserted into center comes
Cool at least 10 minutes before serving, excellent served slightly warm.
Garnish by sifting confectioners sugar onto a paper doily or just dollop spoonsful
of whole berry cranberry sauce on top of each serving of cake. This cake can also
be baked in two- 8 inch round layer cake pans, baking time is decreased to 20 to
25 minutes or until knife inserted comes out clean.
Another can of whole berry cranberry sauce can be spread generously between and
on top of the unfrosted layered cake rounds for an impressive look during the holidays!