Cranberry and Orange Loaf

February 28, 2020Sew White

My cranberry and orange loaf is a delicious, fruity and moist loaf. Perfect for enjoying freshly baked warm from the oven on a winters day.

My cranberry and orange loaf is a delicious, fruity and moist loaf perfect for enjoying freshly baked warm from the oven. It mixes together two perfect winter flavours. the rich sharp cranberries and the fruity and juicy orange really do work well together in a light and fluffy cake.

I never really know if this is a loaf or a cake. Or even what the difference is. All I know is that it’s fruity and cakey and absolutely delicious. I use vanilla extract and sometimes a pinch of cinnamon or ground ginger to add that extra Christmas flavour.

the soft golden bake of the cranberry and orange loaf
cranberry and orange loaf surrounded by fresh cranberries and orange slices

It is such a great golden bake and the kitchen and house will smell incredible as the cranberry and orange loaf is cooking. You can cut the cranberries in half if you want but leaving them hole worked really well. They had popped and gone soft in the cake so as you cut through they squish and the juice comes out. The mix of sharp and sugar really works very very well.

Golden caramelised orange slice on top of a cake dusted with icing sugar.

I added thin slices of orange and studded the top with cranberries too. The cooked loaf really looks beautiful. The orange slices most of all really looked stunning. With a dusting of a icing sugar the cranberry and orange loaf was ready to serve.

Step by step – how to make the cranberry and orange loaf

step by step how to make cranberry cake

Heat oven to 180ºC (160ºC fan). Grease and line a 1lb loaf tin with greaseproof paper. Cream the butter and sugar together until smooth (by hand or electric mixer).

grating orange zest into the cake mix
mixing fresh cranberries into the cake mix

Add the eggs one at a time and stir in well. Sift in half the flour with the bicarbonate of soda and salt, and mix. Add in the zest and juice of half an orange. Stir in the cranberries.

Add in the milk and stir in followed by the remaining flour and vanilla. Fill the loaf tin with the mixture. Thinly slice the left over orange into slices and add three to the top along with a few cranberries.

Oven ready orange and cranberry cake ready to be baked in the oven.

I love how the cranberries and orange slices look on the loaf as it’s ready for the oven. It looks so joyeous and fruity. Definitely better cooked though.

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5 from 6 votes

Cranberry and Orange Loaf

My cranberry and orange loaf is a delicious, fruity and moist loaf. Perfect for enjoying freshly baked warm from the oven on a winters day.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Bakes, Cakes
Cuisine: American, British, International
Keyword: christmas cranberry cake recipe, Christmas cranberry sponge, Cranberry and Orange Loaf, Fresh cranberry cake
Servings: 8 large slices
Calories: 200kcal
Author: Sisley White

Ingredients

  • 125 g butter
  • 175 g soft brown sugar eg light muscovado
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 300 g plain flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • tiny pinch of salt
  • zest and juice of half an orange Save the other half for the decoration
  • 125 ml milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 150 g fresh cranberries dried will work too but fresh are best

Instructions

  • Heat oven to 180ºC (160ºC fan). Grease and line a 1lb loaf tin with greaseproof paper.
  • Cream the butter and sugar together until smooth (by hand or electric mixer).
  • Add the eggs one at a time and stir in well.
  • Sift in half the flour with the bicarbonate of soda and salt, and mix.
  • Add in the zest and juice of half an orange.
  • Add in the milk and stir in followed by the remaining flour, cranberries and vanilla.
  • Fill the loaf tin with the mixture.
  • Thinly slice the left over orange into slices and add three to the top along with a few cranberries.
  • Wrap in silver foil and bake for 50 minutes until golden brown and until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cover the top with foil if it starts to brown too quickly.
  • Allow to cool in the tin for at least 10 minutes before turning out. To serve, cut into thick slices and serve warm or at room temperature.
cranberry and orange loaf with baked orange on top dusted with icing sugar ready to serve surrounded by fresh cranberries.
A slice of golden baked cranberry and orange loaf

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10 Comments

  • Lottie

    February 28, 2020 at 9:03 pm

    I love cranberries and oranges I will very much enjoy making this for my family.5 stars

    1. Sew White

      February 28, 2020 at 9:16 pm

      That is so nice of you to say. A love of cake and family is two of the best joys.

  • Tawnie Kroll

    March 1, 2020 at 8:40 pm

    Made this for brunch this weekend and it was such a hit, than you!!5 stars

    1. Sew White

      March 9, 2020 at 7:52 pm

      Yay I’m so glad you liked it.

  • Cathleen @ A Taste of Madness

    March 1, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    Cranberry and Orange is one of my favourite combos EVER! Love this loaf! It will definitely be on rotation in my house 🙂5 stars

    1. Sew White

      March 9, 2020 at 7:52 pm

      Aww that is so sweet to hear. I hope you enjoy it

  • Tonje

    March 1, 2020 at 10:09 pm

    Looks so good! Such a nice flavor combination, will be making this for sure.5 stars

    1. Sew White

      March 9, 2020 at 7:52 pm

      I hope you enjoy it!

  • Amy Chung

    March 1, 2020 at 11:27 pm

    Oh these look so delicious! I’d love to try them so i can also have a little treat for my daughter’s lunchbox! Yum!5 stars

    1. Sew White

      March 9, 2020 at 7:52 pm

      Thank you, It definitely works well for lunch boxes.5 stars

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