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Cranberry Orange Pound Cake

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I often make cranberry orange bread during the holiday season. I have been making it for many years. Recently my husband saw a recipe for cranberry orange pound cake and wanted me to give it a try. I was skeptical how it would be different then the traditional cranberry orange bread, but it turned out amazing.

Like the cranberry orange bread, you can also bake this pound cake ahead of time and freeze it for the holidays.

Cranberry Orange Pound Cake Recipe


1 cup butter
1 3/4 cups sugar
2 tablespoons orange zest
3 eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup buttermilk*
2 1/2 cups fresh cranberries
2 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt


1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 tablesoon orange juice
1 tablespoon milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

*If you don't have buttermilk, you can make your own buttermilk by adding 1 tablespoon lemon juice to 3/4 cup milk.

cranberry orange pound cake recipe

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, cream together butter, sugar, and orange zest for several minutes.

Add eggs, mixing for another several minutes.

In another bowl, mix dry ingredients together, and then mix flour alternately with buttermilk to butter mixture. Stir in cranberries.

Grease and flour 2 large loaf pans or 3 mini loaf pans.

Pour batter into prepared loaf pans and bake for about 55 minutes for large loaves or 35 minutes for mini loaves, or until toothpick comes out clean. Let loaves cool in pan for 10 minutes. Run a butter knife around the edges of the pans to loosen the bread before you remove them from the pans.

Remove loaves from pans and finish cooling on wire racks. Stir glaze ingredients together and pour over cooled loaves.

This cranberry orange pound cake is great to give away to family and friends during the holiday season. They also freeze well if you want to make them ahead of time. Just place the loaves in ziploc freezer bags and place them in the freezer until you need them.

If you are planning on giving away loaves for the holidays, you can purchase these great Easy Bake Paper Mini Loaf Pans from Amazon and bake the loaves right in the pans to give away.

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