Orange Cranberry Loaf Recipe

18 Mar

Here is a vibrant colored moist, low-sugar cake/loaf idea for your Easter brunch with a citrus burst. If you want a low sugar version then just skip the orange sugar glaze at the end. Allergic to nuts than skip them and the cake/ loaf will be equally delicious. The flavor is more from the orange. Depending on the type of pan you use the baking time might vary. On my first try I had used a rectangle larger pan the cake baked in 25 minutes but when I used the 9×13 it took about 40 minutes.


I tried this recipe after  my husband wanted me to buy the orange-cranberry scones they sell at the costco.  But the day I went shopping they were not available and so I convinced him that I would make them at home minus the preservatives. The reason being I love cakes more than scones. I also enjoy dessert with nuts in them and on my first try I used walnuts.



Serving Size: 9×13 loaf pan


Cake batter:

2 cups all-purpose flour

3 tsp of baking powder

1/2 cold cup milk

1/2 cup orange juice

3 eggs

3 tbsp of melted butter

1/4 cup oil

3/4-1 cup sugar

2 tbsp of orange zest

1/3 cup cranberries

1/3 cup almonds/ walnuts/ pistachios

1/8 tsp salt

Sugar Icing:

1 cup powder sugar

1 tbsp of lemon zest

3 -4 tbsp of orange juice



Heat oven to 350F

Grease a cake pan with oil.

Beat eggs, sugar,melted butter, oil and salt. Next add the milk, juice and mix it together.

Strain and mix the flour & baking powder together and add it to the wet mixture.

Next add the nuts and cranberry fold it in carefully and then pour  in the pan and bake for 30-45 minutes till the toothpick comes out dry.

Let the cake cool. Then pour in the icing sugar or enjoy it without for a low-sugar dessert.



138 Responses to “Orange Cranberry Loaf Recipe”

  1. mkbakerblog March 23, 2016 at 8:34 pm #

    I”m a pastry chef and am always looking for some fun new breakfast treat. I’ll let you know how it turns out. Thanks!

    • Nandini March 28, 2016 at 3:19 pm #

      That is so awesome to know. Will look forward to it 🙂

  2. Aquileana March 23, 2016 at 10:16 pm #

    Great recipe… truly delicious… Sending best wishes. Aquileana

    • Nandini March 28, 2016 at 3:20 pm #

      Thank you so much Aquileana. Wishing you the same 🙂

  3. Cynthia Reyes March 24, 2016 at 1:40 pm #

    This sounds marvelous. I’m hungry now!

    • Nandini March 28, 2016 at 3:21 pm #

      Thank You Cynthia so much 🙂

  4. elle March 24, 2016 at 3:31 pm #

    Oh I bet this was miles better than anything at Costco! Looks absolutely divine!

    • Nandini March 28, 2016 at 3:24 pm #

      Thank You Elle so much.Definitely sweeter and no-preservatives 🙂

  5. Agatha Chocolats March 24, 2016 at 8:34 pm #

    This looks scrumptious! I have to try your recipe (I may be tempted to add chocolate chips. Just because I can’t help myself.)

    • Nandini March 28, 2016 at 3:25 pm #

      Thank You so much Agatha. No wrong is ever done with chocolate chips 🙂

  6. Jacqueline Bennett March 26, 2016 at 4:22 pm #

    Hi Nandini,
    Orange Cranberry Loaf is very tasty!
    Thanks for the “Harkness Park” like.
    Happy Easter to you & your family.

    • Nandini March 28, 2016 at 3:29 pm #

      Thank You Jackie. Wishing you too a Very Happy Easter.

  7. mommermom March 26, 2016 at 8:39 pm #

    This looks delicious!

    • Nandini March 28, 2016 at 3:32 pm #

      Thank You so much 🙂

  8. avofoodies March 28, 2016 at 5:49 pm #

    It’s always a good thing when you can recreate the same store-bought or restaurant foods back at home. I’ve been trying to persuade my family that we can eat at home without compromising taste or cost.

    Recently, I’ve been making smoothies on my own after my family couldn’t let go of the Naked smoothies. I knew I could make smoothies at home with less sugar and more nutrients.

    Once again, amazing recipe! This is going in for the books for next Easter!


    My smoothie recipe:

    • Nandini April 4, 2016 at 12:16 pm #

      Thank You Stephanie for sharing the link for your smoothie recipe. Home made is always better without the preservatives that I cant even pronounce. Have a great week 🙂

  9. Camera with An Appetite March 28, 2016 at 7:34 pm #

    i just make an orange loaf as well!!

    • Nandini April 4, 2016 at 12:32 pm #

      That is awesome. I love orange flavor in desserts 🙂

  10. allatimoshka March 30, 2016 at 9:15 am #

    This is amazing!

    Looks yummy! 🙂

    Thank you for sharing this recipe 🙂

    • Nandini April 4, 2016 at 12:44 pm #

      Thank You so much for your kind words 🙂

  11. quirkywritingcorner April 11, 2016 at 6:52 pm #

    Reblogged this on quirkywritingcorner and commented:
    Looks so good! ~ Connie

    • Nandini April 11, 2016 at 7:07 pm #

      Thank You so much for the re-blog Connie 🙂

  12. dkzody April 12, 2016 at 10:39 am #

    I’m trying something with your recipe. I have a cranberry/orange muffin boxed mix that only requires water. I took some of your ingredients–egg, oil, orange juice, almonds–and am baking it in a loaf pan.

    • Nandini April 15, 2016 at 12:51 pm #

      Oh Wow! sounds very yummy 🙂

  13. Kloesunny @ Kloe's Kitchen April 12, 2016 at 6:29 pm #

    Wow! This looks absolutely amazing! I don’t even know where to start…..I want a piece right now!!!!!! 🙂

    • Nandini April 15, 2016 at 12:56 pm #

      Thank You so much Kloe 🙂

  14. susanenholm32 April 17, 2016 at 4:23 pm #

    Thanks. I love to bake. Just did a copy/paste. I know the orange-cranberry loaf will be great.

    • Nandini April 18, 2016 at 11:48 am #

      Thank You Susan so much 🙂

  15. newsandviewsjb May 6, 2016 at 2:49 am #

    Hi Nandini, Thanks for the “Danzing Candy” like – much appreciated! – Jackie

    • Nandini May 10, 2016 at 12:10 pm #

      You are very welcome Jackie 🙂

  16. newsandviewsjb May 10, 2016 at 2:36 am #

    Hi Nandini,
    Thanks so much for the like on the :Nyquist, Danzing Candy & More Than Coincidences”! Hope you enjoyed Mother’s Day.
    – Jackie

    • Nandini May 10, 2016 at 12:33 pm #

      Thanks Jackie, I did, my kids and husband made it special.

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