Cranberry Bundt® Cake

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I don't like fruit cake but I love this. We grew up with this every Christmas. It's a little tangy, very moist, and can be dressed up for company or kept simple if you want. It freezes well, but we've never had leftovers when there was only one cake around! (And no one has ever complained about "fruitcake"!)

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 35 mins
1 Bundt(R) cake



  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ¾ cup jellied cranberry sauce

  • 1 cup mayonnaise

  • ½ cup orange juice

  • 1 cup chopped nuts

  • 1 ½ oranges, zested


  • ¼ cup jellied cranberry sauce

  • ¼ cup orange juice

  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a fluted tube pan (such as Bundt®).

  2. Mix together flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt for the cake in a large bowl. Add mayonnaise and cranberry sauce; mix until well combined. Add orange juice and mix well. Stir in nuts and orange zest and pour batter into the prepared pan.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 60 to 75 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Tap the pan a few times to loosen the cake and invert carefully onto a serving plate.

  4. While the cake is cooling, combine cranberry sauce and orange juice for the glaze in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.

  5. Transfer cooled cranberry-orange mixture to a large mixing bowl. Gradually add powdered sugar and beat until glaze has a thin and pourable consistency; pour over cake.

Cook's Note:

Try this pretty frosting option instead of the glaze: Frost the top of the cake by mounding on cream cheese frosting. Mash 1/4 cup cranberry sauce with a tiny bit of orange juice (enough to make a thinner sauce) in a small bowl, and drizzle spoonfuls over the top of the frosted cake.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

392 Calories
18g Fat
55g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 14
Calories 392
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Sodium 352mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 55g 20%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 32g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 9mg 44%
Calcium 17mg 1%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 105mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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