Cranberry Orange Bundt Cake

For easy sugared cranberries, toss fresh berries lightly in water then immediately toss in granulated sugar.

Cranberry Orange Bundt Cake
Yields: 1 (10-cup) bundt cake
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • Zest of 1 large orange
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ⅓ cup whole buttermilk
  • 2 cups fresh or thawed frozen cranberries
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 5 tablespoons orange juice
  • Garnish: orange zest, sugared cranberries
  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Spray a 10-cup Bundt pan with baking spray with flour.
  2. In a large bowl, beat butter, granulated sugar, and orange zest with a mixer at medium speed until fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes, stopping to scrape sides of bowl. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in extracts.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together 2 cups flour, salt, and baking soda. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture, beating just until combined after each addition.
  4. In a small bowl, toss together cranberries and remaining 2 tablespoons flour. Fold cranberries into batter. Spoon into prepared pan.
  5. Bake until a wooden pick inserted near center comes out clean, about 1 hour. Let cool in pan for 15 minutes. Remove from pan, and let cool completely on a wire rack.
  6. In a small bowl, whisk together confectioners’ sugar and orange juice until smooth. Pour over cooled cake. Garnish with orange zest, if desired.
Bake mini Bundt cakes for wrapping up as a festive treat. Spray 2 (6-well) mini Bundt pans with baking spray with flour. Make batter as directed through step 4, and fill each well two-thirds full with batter. Bake until a wooden pick inserted near center comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes and remove from pan. Let cool completely and glaze as directed in step 6.




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