Cranberry Orange Cake With Orange Whipped Cream

cranberry orange cake

Cranberry Orange Cake

 Not only is it the prime orange season, but I also have a lot of baking ingredients and fresh cranberries for the holidays and I love the combination of oranges with cranberries in baked goods.   This is a perfect Christmas dinner dessert!  My favorite part is the macerated cranberries that have soaked in orange liqueur.  It’s a great kick for the tart cranberries.

This is also a perfect dessert to serve for brunch, a shower, or any event where you want to bring a sweet treat.

This cake calls for extra light olive oil, but vegetable oil works just as well if that’s all you have on hand.  I do not recommend using extra virgin olive oil as it would alter the taste of the cake.

Cranberry Orange Cake Recipe


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup Extra Light Olive Oil
  • 3 Tbs buttermilk
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 1 cup Zest of 1 orange
  • Fresh whipped cream, for topping (See below for Citrus Spice Whipped Cream recipe)
  • For Macerated Cranberries
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1/4 cup orange liqueur
  • Sugar, to taste


  • Prepare macerated cranberries by mixing ingredients in a bowl, and refrigerate for 1-2 hours.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F, and coat a 9 in. round baking pan with cooking spray.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together sugar, flour, baking soda, and salt.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs until light and frothy. Then beat in oil, followed by the buttermilk.
  • Add flour mixture, orange zest and cranberries, and mix until just incorporated.
  • Pour batter into pan, and place in oven. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until the cake is springy to the touch.
  • Remove from oven, and let rest on a wire cooling rack for 5 minutes, then remove from pan.
  • To serve, slice into wedges and top with macerated cranberries and whipped cream.

Citrus Spiced Whipped Cream:

  • 2 cups cold Lucerne® Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 2 tsp fresh orange zest
  • 4 Tbs brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves

In a bowl, add all ingredients. Beat on medium speed until soft peaks form, scraping down the sides. Do not overbeat.   Refrigerate until ready to use.


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