Cranberry-Orange Bundt® Cake

I bought the cutest little 4.5-cup capacity Bundt® pan to bake smaller cakes for just me and my husband. This recipe fit perfectly in it, and was just the right amount for us. Cranberries and orange peel are finely chopped and beat into the batter, so you get those flavors throughout the cake. Decorating with the sugared cranberries is optional, but makes for a beautiful presentation.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
4 servings


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable shortening, melted

  • 2 tablespoons cake flour

  • 1 medium orange

  • ½ cup fresh cranberries

  • cup white sugar

  • ¼ cup butter, softened

  • 1 large egg

  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract

  • 1 ¼ cups cake flour

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ cup buttermilk

Sugared Cranberries (optional):

  • ¼ cup fresh cranberries

  • 5 tablespoons sugar, divided

  • 3 tablespoons water


  • ½ cup powdered sugar

  • 1 tablespoon orange juice

  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Using a pastry brush, thoroughly brush the insides and center tube of a 4.5-cup fluted tube pan (such as Bundt®) with the melted shortening. Sift 2 tablespoons cake flour over the greased pan, making sure that all surfaces are well coated. Shake out any excess flour over the sink. Set the pan aside.

  2. Using a sharp paring knife or vegetable peeler, remove the orange part of the orange peel, leaving behind the white bitter pitch. Place the strips of orange zest in the bowl of a food processor. Add cranberries and process until finely chopped. Set aside.

  3. Cream sugar and butter together in a bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and almond extract. Add 1 1/4 cups cake flour, baking soda, and salt and mix until just combined. Beat in buttermilk and chopped cranberries and orange zest. Spread batter evenly into the prepared pan.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, 35 to 37 minutes. Cool for 20 minutes and invert onto a serving platter.

  5. While cake is cooling, combine cranberries, 3 tablespoons sugar, and water in a small glass bowl. Microwave on high for 1 minute to dissolve sugar and soften cranberries. Stir until all of the cranberries are coated with the sugary mixture. Remove the cranberries with a slotted spoon onto a waxed paper-lined baking sheet. Allow to dry for 30 minutes. Roll the cranberries in the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar.

  6. Combine powdered sugar, orange juice, and orange zest in a small bowl. Drizzle glaze over the cooled cake and garnish with the sugared cranberries.

Cook's Note:

You can scale the recipe to fit a larger pan, if needed.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

614 Calories
17g Fat
112g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 614
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 21%
Saturated Fat 9g 43%
Cholesterol 78mg 26%
Sodium 420mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 112g 41%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 70g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 28mg 140%
Calcium 55mg 4%
Iron 4mg 22%
Potassium 199mg 4%

* 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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