Cran-Orange Coconut Cake Recipe
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Cran-Orange Coconut Cake Recipe

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I am sharing this popular dessert as part of my Easter menu, but it's a recipe I use throughout the year. The bundt cake serves a group and is always well received at parties and potlucks.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling
MAKES:12-16 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12-16 servings


  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons grated orange peel
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1-1/2 cups flaked coconut
  • Confectioners' sugar


  1. In a small saucepan, combine cranberries and orange juice. Cook over medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes or until juice is absorbed. Remove from the heat. When cool enough to handle, finely chop cranberries. Place in a small bowl; add pecans, orange peel and brown sugar. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the dry ingredients; add to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream, beating well after each addition. Fold in coconut.
  3. Spoon a third of the batter into a greased and floured 10-in. fluted tube pan. Spoon half of the cranberry mixture over batter. Repeat layers. Carefully spread remaining batter over cranberry mixture.
  4. Bake at 325° for 50-60 minutes or until toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Dust with confectioners' sugar. Yield: 12-16 servings.
Originally published as Cran-Orange Coconut Cake in Taste of Home February/March 2004, p33

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Reviewed Apr. 3, 2013

"I love this cake, it always turns out very nice. This cake has a very mild and delicate flavour, so I always make an orange glaze from concentrated orange juice and icing sugar to coat the cake. It keeps the cake moist and adds the extra flavour that I like."

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