Orange Cranberry Torte Recipe
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Orange Cranberry Torte Recipe

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“Around the holidays 45 years ago, a friend gave me this recipe; it’s been a favorite ever since.” —Bertha Palamar, Fulton, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 55 min. + cooling
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 55 min. + cooling
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 4 teaspoons grated orange peel
  • GLAZE:
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons orange juice

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 269 calories, 10g fat (1g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 147mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (25g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein .


  1. Coat a 10-in. fluted tube pan with cooking spray and sprinkle with flour; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the sugar, buttermilk, applesauce, oil and eggs until well blended. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into sugar mixture until blended. Stir in the walnuts, cranberries, dates and orange peel.
  3. Pour into prepared pan. Bake at 350° for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Combine glaze ingredients; drizzle over cake. Yield: 16 servings.
Originally published as Orange Cranberry Torte in Healthy Cooking December/January 2011, p16

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beckihomecki 176587
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2012

"This recipe was good but I didn't think it was a wow recipe. Simple and basic. I will probably make this again."

beckihomecki 176410
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2012 Edited Dec. 12, 2012

"This cake was simple and basic. It was good. I made it for church and there was none left. I used orange extract in the glaze instead of orange juice. I just wouldn't rate this oh my! I have to make this again, kind of recipe."

itschnerkl 113454
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2011

"I added sub'd canned cherries instead of cranberries. So good!"

whitie13 176585
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2010

"Excellent, I made it without the nuts as I had a friend coming over that has an allery to nuts, I used dried cranberries and plumped them up with a little bit of boiling water. Will make this again and again."

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