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Orange Cranberry Pound Cake with Vanilla Glaze Recipe

Orange Cranberry Pound Cake with Vanilla Glaze Recipe

For me, pound cake is both comforting and delicious. This buttery cake combines the tastes of both orange and cranberry and tops it off with a sweet vanilla glaze. — Angela Spengler, Clovis, New Mexico
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling YIELD:16 servings


  • 1-1/4 cups butter, softened
  • 2-3/4 cups sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen cranberries, halved
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • GLAZE:
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons hot water


  • 1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in orange peel and extract. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to the creamed mixture alternately with milk. Beat just until combined. Fold in cranberries and walnuts.
  • 2. Transfer to a greased and floured 10-in. fluted tube pan. Bake at 350° for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • 3. For glaze, in a small bowl, combine confectioners' sugar, butter, vanilla and enough water to achieve desired consistency. Drizzle over cake. Yield: 12 servings.

Recipe Note

ORANGE-CRANBERRY MINI POUND CAKES WITH VANILLA GLAZE: Make batter as directed; fill 16 greased and floured 4-in. fluted tube pans. Bake at 350° for 17-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 658 calories, 30g fat (16g saturated fat), 153mg cholesterol, 293mg sodium, 92g carbohydrate (66g sugars, 1g fiber), 8g protein.

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Susanmw User ID: 4914346 218335
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2015

"Very good cake and glaze. My daughters made it for our Happy Birthday, Jesus cake - it was nice in that it's not real sweet with all the other Christmas goodies around. Unfortunate that it doesn't stay fresh long so we have to gobble quickly. : )"

Cynthia Ann User ID: 3350877 214069
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2014

"this cake is outrageous-- 658calories for 1 slice with 30 grams of fat, 1/2 of which is saturated ....92 carbs would be 2 meals for a pre-diabetic person. I don't think those calories are correct. it doesn't look like it has that much butter..."

Jodyleighton User ID: 6297501 131905
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2012

"I sent mini bundts out in my Christmas treat boxes this year... I received many compliments!"

Spit User ID: 1573611 191983
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2011

"This cake is delicious and makes a nice cake to take to a gathering. It was a hit at our dinner 8!!!"

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