Orange and cranberry olive oil cake

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Orange and cranberry olive oil cake

An elegant cake that is perfect for breakfast, snacking or dessert

We love to bake with olive oil.  In part this is because growing up, our parents very rarely used butter in their cooking or baked goods.  This was not because butter is not delicious, but because of our mom’s dietary restrictions and the underlying philosophy that despite the fact that butter may makes things better, olive oil makes them best.  The other reason that we love baking with olive oil is that sometimes we find ourselves out of butter, but we can’t remember a day when we looked around our kitchens and discovered we were all out of olive oil.  Lucky, for sure.

This is not the first olive oil cake that we have posted, and it surely won’t be the last.  We’ve already shared a lemon olive oil cake with you that is light and scrumptious (and which was baked for a very special event).  We find that citrus and olive oil complement each other beautifully, and so here we have combined the zest and juice of oranges with the sharp tang of cranberries.  Married together, these flavours bring out the fruity notes of the olive oil and enhance its rich yet subtle flavour profile.  Also, we don’t really talk like that but we’ve been watching a lot of cooking shows on The Food Network, so we thought we would give it a try.  The truth is, oranges are in season, we’ve got bags of frozen cranberries in the freezer and we like ’em both.

Orange and cranberry olive oil cake

Helpful hints

Cakes made with olive oil are particularly delicious; the oil lends a beautiful colour, flavour and texture to these baked goods.  Because the olive oil is such a prominent ingredient, it is important to use the best quality olive oil you can find.  Because of the controversies surrounding the purity of olive oil, it is a good idea to do your research and try to find local distributors you know you can trust.  You may end up paying a little bit more for your oil, but remember, pure olive oil is liquid gold, and you get what you pay for.

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You can use either fresh or frozen cranberries for this cake.  We tend to use frozen cranberries because we like to stock up when they are readily available in the grocery store and freeze them for future use.

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Prior to zesting the oranges for the recipe, be sure to wash them thoroughly, and use organic oranges if possible.  We like to use a citrus zester to remove the zest from our oranges.  This little gadget is easy to use and ensures that you don’t get any of the white pith, which can be somewhat bitter, removed along with the zest.  The problem with the zester is that you can end up with long strips of zest.  Use a knife to chop them up more finely.  Alternatively you can use a box grater, if yours has a side with very small holes.

Looking for some more sweets you can bake in a bundt pan, try these:
Marble cake
Halva
Zucchini bread

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Orange and cranberry olive oil cake
Orange and cranberry olive oil cake
Orange and cranberry olive oil cake
Orange and cranberry olive oil cake

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Orange and cranberry olive oil cake

An elegant cake that is perfect for breakfast, snacking or dessert!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry cake, orange cake, easy cakes, easy desserts,, quick, easy,
Servings: 12 pieces
Author: Mia Kouppa

Equipment

  • Bundt cake pan
  • mixer

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp grated orange zest tightly packed
  • 1 1/2 cups (300 grams) granulated sugar
  • 2 3/4 cups (410 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 12 ounce bag cranberries (frozen is fine, see notes below)
  • 3 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 cup (250 mL) orange juice
  • 1 cup (250 mL) olive oil

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a medium sized bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Set aside
    2 3/4 cups (410 grams) all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • In a small bowl, combine the orange zest with the sugar and use your fingers to rub the two together.  This will help release the fragrant oils from the zest and will give the sugar a nice, light orange hue.
    2 tbsp grated orange zest, 1 1/2 cups (300 grams) granulated sugar
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the eggs together with the sugar and zest.  Beat for a few minutes and then slowly pour in the orange juice and then the olive oil.
    3 large eggs, 1 cup (250 mL) orange juice, 1 cup (250 mL) olive oil
  • With the mixer on low, slowly add in the flour mixture,  leave behind about 1/4 cup of the flour.  Add the cranberries to this 1/4 cup of flour and toss to coat.  Once the flour in the mixing bowl has been well incorporated with the wet ingredients, add in the flour coated cranberries.  Mix only until incorporated; do not over mix because doing so might crush your cranberries.  Alternatively, you can add and mix in the cranberries by hand using a rubber spatula.
    12 ounce bag cranberries
  • Grease a bundt pan with cooking spray or vegetable oil.  Pour in the batter and then use a knife to swirl the batter a bit, in order to help distribute the cranberries evenly.
  • Bake on the middle rack of your oven for approximately 60 minutes.  Remove from oven and let cool almost completely before removing it from the bundt pan
  • Enjoy!

Notes

If using frozen cranberries, no need to defrost first.  

22 thoughts on “Orange and cranberry olive oil cake

    1. Thanks so much Nancy. It is actually a great recipe! We think you’ll love it, especially when you see how easy it is to whip together 🙂 Have a great day!

    1. Apologies! We don’t have that available right now, but the next time we make this cake we’ll try to remember to weigh out our quantities and edit the recipe 🙂

    1. We don’t see why not!!! This would be delicious as cupcakes. Just be sure to reduce the cooking time; our guess is that it would take approximately 12 – 15 minutes for them to cook through, but of course that will depend on your cupcake pan, and how large your cupcakes are. Keep us posted!

  1. There are so many recipes I wish I got from my Mom. She’s 84 & can’t remember many of them now to give me. She lives with us. Now, thanks to Mia Kouppa & Greek Boston I make so many of the recipes I grew up on and my Mom is thrilled!
    Thank you!

    1. You’ve made us so happy with your comment Sophia. We are so happy that you found us, and humbled to be part of your lives – and that your Mom is pleased!!! Whew!! xoxo Helen & Billie

      1. Hi!
        I wanted to know if it’s ok to use dried cranberries as fresh/frozen ones are not easy to come by where I live. Thank you!

      2. Hi Mavis. We have never made this cake with dried cranberries, but assume it would work fine. You might want to try plumping them up in some warm water first. Let them soak for about an hour and then drain well. You can also use fresh or frozen blueberries, or even cherries, if those are easier to find. Happy baking! xoxo Helen & Billie

  2. Ladies, this is a definite 10 STAR **********

    Knowing how much I absolutely love this combination, I doubled the recipe. Made cupcakes and added chopped pistachios into the batter, and made the Bundt Cake as well. The house smells DELICIOUS!!!
    I always use olive oil in all my cooking and baking even when recipe calls for butter..always lighter and tastier, guess we found the reason us Greeks are healthier and live longer!!!!! Now for self-control and wait for everything to cool, that’s the toughest part of this recipe!!!

  3. This cake is delicious and moist !!! It looks so pretty too, beautiful. This impressive cake would be a lovely addition to any buffet or dinner table. The perfect cake to take to friends when invited for dinner too. My hubby loved it.
    I took exactly 1 hour to cook and needs no changes what so ever, it’s perfect as it.
    I am so happy to have found your recipe and your happy stories on your site.
    My thanks to Billie and Helen (and the parents :-)).

    Darlene
    Nova Scotia

    1. Oh that you Darlene for taking the time to share such a lovely comment! We’re so happy that you tried, and loved, our orange and cranberry olive oil cake – it’s one of our favourites too! We hope you continue to find much to love on our site, and we’re so happy that you found us too! xoxo Helen & Billie

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