clock clock icon cutlery cutlery icon flag flag icon folder folder icon instagram instagram icon pinterest pinterest icon print print icon squares squares icon

Cranberry Orange Spiced Loaf Cake



  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp cloves
  • ¾ cup milk
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest, about 1 large orange
  • ¼ cup fresh squeezed orange juice, about 1 large orange
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries, rinsed and sliced

For the Icing

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice, about 1/2 an orange
  • 1/2 Tbsp orange zest (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan and line with parchment. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl whisk together the flour, cinnamon, cloves, salt, baking powder, baking soda and sugar. Set aside.
  3. In a separate mixing bowl combine the cranberries and sugar. Add the orange zest and rub together with your fingers until the sugar is fragrant.
  4. Add the milk, melted butter, vanilla, orange juice and eggs. Stir together with a spatula or large spoon until fully mixed.
  5. In two additions, add the dry mixture to the wet mixture. Fold in with a spatula just until incorporated between each addition. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan.
  6. Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until light golden brown on top and a knife inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs (no wet batter).
  7. Cool the cake in the pan for 30 minutes, then move to a wire rack to cool completely.
  8. For the icing, whisk together the powdered sugar, orange juice, and zest until smooth. Drizzle over cooled cake.
  9. Slice and enjoy!