Favorite Holiday Dessert: Orange Cranberry Cake

Nothing says Christmas like an Orange Cranberry Cake with sugared cranberries.

Orange Cranberry Cake by FamilySpice.com
I went berserk baking and cooking over the holidays. I made goodies for teachers at school, countless appetizers for the work potlucks and holiday parties, and not to mention dinners galore for visiting family members. One of my most favorite creations, was an Orange Cranberry Cake I made for our annual Christmas Eve dinner party. It was so delicious and aromatic I ate a slice everyday until it was gone. My neighbor across the street usually receives care packages of my creations (nothing like sharing the calories and the fat with your very best friends!). But, the cake was so good, and I was totally possessed that I couldn’t part with one crumb. Literally. When the cake was finally finished, I grabbed my fork and mashed all the crumbs together for the last bite. I found the recipe in my December issue of Family Circle Magazine.

Orange-Cranberry Bundt

Bursting with orange flavor, studded with cranberries, this bundt cake is perfect for the holiday parties. Recipe adapted from Family Circle, Dec. 2008


  • 1 cup butter, unsalted, room temperature
  • 2 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs, large
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tsp orange zest, grated
  • 2 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cup cranberries, fresh, chopped
  • 1 TBS all-purpose flour
  • 2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 TBS water
  • 1 tsp orange extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Apply non-stick spray to a 12-cup bundt pan and set aside.
  3. Using a paddle attachment on your stand mixer, cream until light and fluffy:
    • 1 cup butter, unsalted , room temperature
    • 2 cup granulated sugar
  4. In a separate small bowl whisk:
    • 4 eggs, large
  5. Whisk egg mixture into creamed butter mixture.
  6. Add and mix in:
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 3 tsp orange zest , grated
  7. Add and mix in:
    • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  8. Add and mix in:
    • 1/2 cup sour cream
  9. Add and mix in until smooth:
    • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  10. In a small bowl, combine:
    • 1 1/2 cup cranberries, fresh , chopped
    • 1 TBS all-purpose flour
  11. Fold cranberries into batter.
  12. Pour into prepared pan. Bake at 350ºF for 45 minutes.
  13. Reduce temperature to 325ºF and bake 20 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean
  14. Remove to a cooling rack to cool.
  15. To glaze, blend until smooth in a medium-size bowl:
    • 2 cup powdered sugar
    • 1 TBS water
    • 1 tsp orange extract
  16. If glaze is too thick, add more water sparingly.
  17. Place the cake on the cooling rack and place thecooling rack over a baking sheet.
  18. Spoon the glaze over the cake, allowing it to drip down sides.


Serving Suggestions: Great as cupcakes or use a mini-loaf pan and give away as gifts.

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Yield: Serves 12

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Orange-Cranberry Bundt  Detail

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One Response to Favorite Holiday Dessert: Orange Cranberry Cake

  1. Annabell at #

    This looks SO tasty!!! I will be heading on over to check out your site and attempt to duplicate it. Great picture.

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