The season of cakes and bakes is here! Have you started your holiday baking or are you yet to soak the dry fruits? If you remember, I try to post a non traditional fruit cake recipe for Christmas. You know, just in case if you aren’t a big fan of traditional fruit cake. Also, making fruit cakes is a bit of lengthy process, compared to the regular cakes.
So, this year my search for a good alternative to the traditional fruit cake ended with this one. It seems Orange and Cranberry cake is a holiday favourite. Well, if you ask me, there is nothing to vote against it. It’s a perfectly good buttery moist cake with fine crumbs. Add to that the flavour of orange and small bite from the cranberry. You’ve a winner!
I recently posted another Orange Pound cake, the main difference between these two is the texture. The other one had a dense texture compared to light and fluffy texture of this cake. If you ask me to choose between these two, am stuck. I loved both these cakes, well I love cakes, period ;)
Here’s a list of cakes that you can bake during this season:
I dont want to confuse you more, so I’m stopping with these for now ;)
Here is the recipe…
Recipe from here
In a large bowl, cream butter, sugar and orange zest together for 3 to 5 minutes…
Add eggs one at a time and beat an addition minute per egg…
Add vanilla and mix in…
Add dry ingredients alternatively with the buttermilk to the butter/sugar/orange zest/egg mixture. Starting with flour…
Followed by buttermilk…
Fold in cranberries…
Grease and flour and line with parchment/baking paper, either 2 large loaf tins or 3 small loaf tins. Pour batter and bake in preheated oven 55 to 60 min…
Please read the “notes” section before proceeding with the recipe.
- 1 cup Butter (@room temp, I used unsalted)
- 1 3/4 cups Sugar
- 2 tbsp Orange zest
- 3 Eggs
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract / essence
- 3/4 cup Buttermilk (refer notes for substitute)
- 2.5 cups Fresh cranberries (refer notes for substitute)
- 2.5 cups Flour
- 2 tsp Baking powder
- 1 tsp Salt
For Orange Glaze
- 1.5 cups Icing sugar
- 1 tbsp Orange juice
- 1 tbsp Orange zest
- 1 tbsp Milk
- ¼ tsp Vanilla
- Preheat oven to 180 C, 10 mins before baking.
- In a large bowl, cream butter, sugar and orange zest together for 3 to 5 minutes.
- Add eggs one at a time and beat an addition minute per egg.
- Add vanilla and mix in.
- In a separate large bowl, mix and combine dry ingredients together.
- Add dry ingredients alternatively with the buttermilk to the butter/sugar/orange zest/egg mixture. Fold in cranberries.
- Grease and flour either 2 large loaf tins or 3 small loaf tins.
- Pour batter and bake in preheated oven 55 to 60 min.
- Let loaves cool and pour glaze over them.
- Orange Glaze
- Whisk glaze ingredients together until smooth.
Buttermilk Substitute: 3/4 tbsp lemon juice or white vinegar + enough milk to make 3/4 cup. Let stand for 5 minutes
Fresh Cranberry Substitute: You can use same qty frozen cranberries, no need to thaw it. I used dried cranberries and used only 1 1/4 cup. I soaked the cranberries in warm water for 15 mins to plump it. After 15 mins, drain the water and use according to the recipe.
If you like a strong orange flavour, you can add 1-2 tbsp additional orange zest along with cranberries. I also added 2 tbsp fresh orange juice along with cranberries.
I got 2 big size loaves and 1 small loaf from the above qty.
If the cake begins to brown immediately, loosely cover it with aluminium foil and continue baking.
You can store the cake at room temp for 3-4 days in an airtight container.