Grandma’s Cranberry Orange Cake

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  • Published Jun 16th
  • Ready In2h
  • Servings12
  • Calories408
A moist, flavorful cake that is perfect for impressing company at your family's Thanksgiving feast! This recipe has been in my family for ages, and I make it every year to wide acclaim.

Grandma’s Cranberry Orange Cake Ingredients

The following are the ingredients needed to make delicious Grandma’s Cranberry Orange Cake for 12 servings:

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons cranberry-flavored liqueur
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons grated orange zest
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 3/4 cup white sugar

Grandma’s Cranberry Orange Cake Cooking Instructions

  • Prep40m
  • Cook1h 5m
  • Ready In2h

To cook Grandma’s Cranberry Orange Cake, you need about 40 minutes of preparation time. The time needed to cook this Grandma’s Cranberry Orange Cake is about 1 hour 5 minutes , and you can serve your Grandma’s Cranberry Orange Cake within 2 hours . The following are the steps to cook Grandma’s Cranberry Orange Cake easily:

  1. 1 Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 10 inch tube pan. Sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; set aside.
  2. 2 In a large bowl, mix together 1 cup of white sugar, 1/3 cup of orange juice, eggs, buttermilk, cranberry liqueur, and vegetable oil using an electric mixer. Add the dry ingredients and mix just until moistened. Fold in the chopped dates, cranberries and orange zest. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly.
  3. 3 Bake for 1 hour in the preheated oven, or until a knife inserted into the crown of the cake comes out clean. Let the cake cool in the pan set over a wire rack for 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. 4 Remove the cake from the pan and place on a serving plate. In a small saucepan, stir together 1 cup of orange juice and 3/4 cup of white sugar. Bring to a boil, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Use a turkey baster or large spoon to drizzle the sauce over the cake. Poke the cake with a fork or skewer to help it absorb all of the sauce, or until the cake is thoroughly moistened.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 408 calories; 15 grams of fat; 64.7 grams of carbohydrates; 4.8 grams of protein; 32 milligrams of cholesterol; 218 milligrams of sodium.

  1. Dec 21st 2014

    First of all I have been making a recipe very similar to this one, with a few exceptions for over 30 years (yet ours didn't have any alcohol or liqueur in it not even vanilla, it called for ...

  2. Feb 3rd 2014

    Loved it. I did not have cranberry-flavored liqueur so I upped the OJ to 1/2 cup. Added the zest from two navel oranges. I also added 1/2 tsp orange extract, but I may skip it next time. Oh ...

  3. So moist! I did not have the oj, orange or orange liquer or dates. But I did have my homemade cranberry apple orange relish with walnuts left over from Thanksgiving the day before. I just ad ...

  4. I didn't change a thing and it was superb! The cake was moist and, between my husband and I, it took us 5 days before finishing and it was still delicious, not dry at all. I didn't have cran ...

  5. Oct 27th 2012

    My husband says this is in my top 3 cakes ever. I too hate for people to judge a recipe when they didnt make it correctly, BUT just to let you know an OPTION, I used all cranberries (no date ...

  6. Jan 2nd 2012

    This was delicious! So moist and flavourful. Like another reviewer, I didn't have any cranberry liqueur so I simmered a handful or so of cranberries in water and sugar then mooshed the cranb ...

  7. Dec 23rd 2011

    My mom made this for a church potluck and only half of the cake made it out because the kitchen helpers helped themselves over and over.We had to make a substitution as did not have any cra ...

  8. Jan 1st 2011

    Moist and delicious, even without the glaze!

  9. Dec 22nd 2010

    One of my favorite recipes--only difference is that mine calls for 1 tablespoon soda in place of 1 teaspoon each soda and baking powder. Even people who do not like fruit cake usually like ...