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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and I’m so ready for all the holiday parties, gatherings, get togethers, and nights spent cuddling by the fire. We recently had a little holiday dinner party and I wanted to share it with you, along with the most delicious recipe for an orange cranberry bundt cake.
Every year I make a yummy orange cranberry sauce. Orange and cranberry make the perfect combination, and I wanted to combine the two flavors into a dessert for our dinner party. This orange cranberry bundt cake has a fresh, bright orange flavor with juicy fresh cranberry pieces inside and sugared cranberries on top. You really need to try it. Keep reading for the recipe!
I knew the orange cranberry bundt cake would pair well with the smartwater sparkling I bought at Albertsons. It’s not just your average sparkling water because it’s vapor distilled with electrolytes for taste. It’s a great beverage for entertaining and has 0 calories! You can find it in the water aisle.
Keep reading for the orange cranberry cake recipe!
I served our yummy cake at our winter dinner party. My husband and I built a huge 14-foot farmhouse table this year to throw dinner parties and for entertaining, so it was the perfect spot for some holiday entertaining.
I pulled out our red dinner plates, white salad plates, gold silverware, and glasses to set the table for the party.
Down the middle of the table I placed two of our very large green garlands with red berries and pinecones on them that I love. They really gave the table the holiday feel that I was going for. I also added two small table trees, one on each side of the table.
I served ham, rosemary potatoes, my cranberry orange sauce, bread, and the orange cranberry bundt cake for dessert. To display the food, I used some of my red bowls and a couple of mercury glass serving plates.
Each plate had their own small loaf of bread on it.
To add more green and personality to them, I tied a fresh sprig of rosemary onto each roll with a piece of string. They look so fancy and elegant now!
We drank smartwater sparkling for the party. I filled up each glass with the beverage, then added some sugared cranberries to a green Christmas tree swizzle stick to the top of each glass.
Such a cute little addition!
Guests could fill their glasses with smartwater sparkling that was sitting on the table so they don’t run out. It’s a great way to keep your guests hydrated and happy!
And now for the cake recipe. Seriously, you need to make this cake!
Orange Cranberry Bundt Cake Recipe
- 3 cups flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup sugar
- 4 eggs
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1/2 cup fresh orange juice (2-3 oranges)
- Zest from oranges used for the juice
- 1 cup oil
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries, chopped
- Powdered sugar (optional- for dusting on finished cake)
- Sugared cranberries to garnish (optional)
STEP 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour the bundt cake pan.
In medium bowl whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together. Set aside.
STEP 2. In a mixing bowl, mix together the sugar, eggs, milk, orange juice, zest, vanilla, and oil.
STEP 3. Slowly mix in the dry ingredients to the set ingredients, being careful not to overmix. Pour the batter into the bundt cake pan and bake for about 45 minutes or until lightly golden.
Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack before carefully turning cake pan upside down to remove the cake.
For nice presentation, I sifted some powdered sugar on top of the cake, then placed some sugared cranberries on top and around the sides and middle of the cake. Not only do these sugared cranberries look pretty and snowy with their sparkly sugar coating, they taste sooo good!
This was my first time making (and eating) sugared cranberries, and I love them! They’re a great way to snack on cranberries without them being too tart. The sugar balances out the tartness and makes eating cranberries raw quite enjoyable!
I followed the directions here to make sugared cranberries. Basically you add fresh cranberries to a hot mixture of water and sugar, let them dry on a drying rack for about an hour, then roll them in sugar and let them dry again. They’re pretty much fool-proof!
I added some of the sugared cranberries in the dips of the top of the cake so the cranberries wouldn’t roll around. I love how pretty and festive this orange cranberry bundt cake turned out! It has an amazing orange flavor, which partly has to do with all that tasty orange zest that was added to the batter.
The cake is incredibly moist, too, and will keep moist and delicious for a few days. That is, if there is any left after you share it… 😉 Recipe adapted from here.
I hope you enjoyed our winter dinner party. Give the orange cranberry bundt cake a try! It really is so moist and flavorful. You never know, it just might become one of your favorite holiday traditions.