Once a year, the grocery stores start stocking their produce shelves with these delicious red little sour berries. Cranberries are the perfect addition to your turkey dinner or your muffins and other baked goods. While eating them straight can pucker up your face, when made with tender love and care cranberries create a delicious taste that reminds you of the holidays and the autumn time of year.
If your one use for cranberries is cranberry sauce, this recipe will give you a new way to look at these nutrient-packed berries. Below we’ll share the steps to make cranberry orange cake that can wow your family and friends. It’s a crowdpleaser that you can add to your Thanksgiving table or just break out at any point during the holidays. Below we’ve included both the written recipe and a video version so all your questions about making cranberry orange cake can be answered. Get baking this autumn delight tonight!
Are you ready to make this delectable dessert? Then go to the grocery store and pick up the following items. You won’t regret it:
Ingredients for cranberry orange cake – the perfect addition to any autumn dinner:
-3 large eggs, room temp.
-2 cups granulated sugar
-3/4 cups (6oz) unsalted butter, room temp.
-1 tsp. vanilla extract
-1/4 tsp. table salt
-zest of one orange
-2 cups all-purpose flour
-12 oz fresh cranberries
Now that you have all your ingredients gathered and you’re ready to create, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
Then in your stand mixer, combine the room temperature eggs and the granulated sugar. Combine them gently with a whisk. You’ll know you’ve whipped them enough when the mix turns a pale yellow and has thickened. When the volume in the bowl has doubled, you’re done. This takes about three to five minutes.
Now add your softened butter to the bowl. Then pour in the vanilla and the orange zest. Mix this deliciousness until all the ingredients are incorporated.
Now it’s time to add the flour. Fold this in with a spatula. Then pour your little delicious cranberries into the stand mixer bowl. Now stir it all up with a spatula.
When that’s all combined evenly, pour it into a coated 9 inch by 13 inch baking pan. You can either spray it with cooking oil or line it with aluminum foil and spray that with cooking oil. The aluminum foil option makes it much easier to remove from the pan once it’s done baking.
With your oven preheated, bake your cranberry orange cake for 45-50 minutes. You’ll know it is done when the top has browned and a toothpick or butter knife stabbed into its center comes out clean.
Remove your cake from the oven and then let it cool for a few minutes. Then cut it into 16 even squares. Serve when it is no longer piping hot. You can store any leftover cake in your refrigerator – if there is any leftover that is. Remember, this is a crowd favorite.
Watch the video below for a visual on how to bake this.