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Christmas Orange Cranberry Pound Cake Recipe

Indulge in the perfect holiday treat with this Christmas orange cranberry pound cake recipe. A festive twist on a classic bundt cake!

Orange Cranberry Pound Cake Recipe

Do you associate certain flavors with specific times of the year? I think most of us do. Fall is all about pumpkin spice and caramel apples. Berries mean summer to me. And Christmas tastes like peppermint, chocolate, and cranberries.

Today I am sharing a cranberry and orange dessert that fits the last category. This delicious pound cake is loaded with fresh fruit and topped with a simple glaze, and it is so easy to make.

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This orange cranberry pound cake, made in a bundt pan instead of the more common loaf pan, is the perfect dessert for the holiday season. If you are unfamiliar, bundt cakes are made in a special type of pan that leaves a hole in the center of the cake.

Orange Cranberry Bundt Cake

These pans are often quite decorative too, giving you a beautiful cake without any effort. That is a major win for me! For an extra festive touch, decorate the top of the cake with sugared cranberries. You could even add white chocolate chips to the batter to create an even more decadent pound cake.

Orange Cranberry Pound Cake Recipe

While the flavor combination in this cranberry orange cake is ideal for Christmas time, it can be enjoyed any time of year. You can also customize the base recipe by switching out the fruit in your cake.

How about blueberries and lemon zest or cherries and almond extract? Give it a try and let me know what your favorite combination is.

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Supplies:

Orange Cranberry Cake Ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 1 box vanilla cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup frozen cranberries (Fresh cranberries work too. You could even use dried cranberries, but you will lose the tartness.)
  • 2 tsp orange zest

Icing:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-4 Tbsp milk (Add a little at a time, until you get the right consistency.)
  • 1 tsp orange extract (You can substitute vanilla extract if you prefer.)

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Coat the inside of a bundt pan with non-stick baking spray.

Orange Cranberry Pound Cake Ingredients

2. In a large bowl, combine box mix, eggs, oil, and milk.

Orange Cranberry Pound Cake Ingredients

3. Fold in cranberries and zest.

4. Pour cake batter into the prepared bundt pan.

Orange Cranberry Pound Cake Ingredients

5. Bake at 350 F for 40 mins or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Orange Cranberry Pound Cake Ingredients

6. Allow to cool on a wire rack, then drizzle with icing mixture and serve.

Orange Cranberry Bundt Cake

Tips and Tricks:

  • This recipe works equally well with an electric mixer or in a stand mixer.
  • To ensure that your cake comes out of the pan cleanly, be sure to spray it thoroughly with baking spray. Alternately, you could both grease and flour the pan.
  • Instead of the orange glaze, try adding a cream cheese frosting to your cake.
  • For even more orange flavor, switch the milk in the icing with orange juice.
  • For best results, use room temperature ingredients when baking.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container or wrapped tightly in plastic wrap.
Orange Cranberry Bundt Cake

Wow your family and friends with a delicious cranberry orange pound cake this Christmas season. They will never know how easy it was to make!

Orange Cranberry Bundt Cake

For more delicious orange and cranberry recipes, try these cranberry orange cinnamon rolls, orange cranberry muffins or a cranberry orange coffee cake.

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Orange cranberry Pound Cake

Christmas orange cranberry pound cake

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Indulge in the perfect holiday treat with this Christmas orange cranberry pound cake recipe. A festive twist on a classic bundt cake!

Ingredients

  • 1 box vanilla cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup frozen cranberries (Fresh cranberries work too. You could even use dried cranberries, but you will lose the tartness.)
  • 2 tsp orange zest
  • Icing:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-4 Tbsp milk (Add a little at a time, until you get the right consistency.)
  • 1 tsp orange extract (You can substitute vanilla extract if you prefer.)

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Coat the inside of a bundt pan with non-stick baking spray.

2. In a large bowl, combine box mix, eggs, oil, and milk.

3. Fold in cranberries and zest.

4. Pour cake batter into the prepared bundt pan.

5. Bake at 350 F for 40 mins or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

6. Allow to cool on a wire rack, then drizzle with icing mixture and serve.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 292Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 350mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 1gSugar: 30gProtein: 4g

All values are approximate and based on ingredients used by the recipe writer. Always calculate your own individual nutritional values for the most accurate calculation.

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I'm an active mom of twin boys who is always looking for opportunities to inspire creativity through fun crafts, do-it-yourself projects and delicious recipes. This blog has been an integral part of supporting my little family and I am so grateful to have you become a part of our journey! Let's create together... Read more...

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