Orange & Cranberry Loaf Cake

This Orange & Cranberry Loaf Cake has the delicious flavours of Winter in the form of a moist cake topped with a tasty drizzle. It is perfect for any gathering, especially over the Christmas period. 

I love a loaf cake. They’re so simple to make and don’t need a lot of fiddling with once they have been baked to make them look pretty. My love of loaf cakes could also have something to do with my lack of affection towards buttercream. Yes, I said it. I’m not a fan of buttercream! 

Moving on from that bombshell…Loaf cakes are underrated and need to be celebrated more! This Orange & Cranberry Loaf Cake came about by wanting to make a cake with wintery/Christmas flavours. I say Christmas flavours, but this Orange & Cranberry Loaf cake should not only be made during the build up to Christmas! Although the flavours of orange and cranberry are often associated with Christmas, to me they remind me of Winter as a whole. 

I was telling my Mum about my plan to make this Orange & Cranberry Loaf Cake and it was her that gave me the idea to soak the cranberries. This step helps plump up the cranberries and make them juicier than in their original dried state. Soaking them also gives you the opportunity to use the soaking liquid in the drizzle which helps add even more flavour. 

As with a lot of my new recipes, I took this Orange & Cranberry Loaf Cake into work for the taste test. I got a resounding yes from everyone that this was definitely a recipe they liked. I know I can count on them to tell me the truth as a while ago I took in a cake which I already knew was a failed recipe. They all had no problem telling me that it tasted of flour, so their honesty means they’re still hired as my testers! 

5 from 7 votes

Orange & Cranberry Loaf Cake

This Orange & Cranberry Loaf Cake has the delicious flavours of Winter in the form of a moist cake topped with a tasty drizzle. It is perfect for any gathering, especially over the Christmas period. 

Course Cake
Cuisine British
Keyword Cranberry, Orange, Loaf Cake, Drizzle
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 359 kcal
Author Curly


  • 85 g dried cranberries
  • 70 ml orange juice approx 1 orange
  • 225 g margarine
  • 200 g caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 250 g plain flour
  • 1Β½ tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • ΒΌ tsp cinnamon ground
  • 1 orange zest
  • 120 g fat free yogurt

For the drizzle

  • 100 g icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp orange juice from the soaked cranberries
  • 1 tbsp orange juice


  1. Add the cranberries to a bowl with the juice of one orange (approx 70ml). Cover and allow to soak for one hour 

  2. Preheat the oven to 170ΒΊC (fan assisted 190ΒΊC non fan) and line a 2lb loaf tin 

  3. Cream the margarine and sugar together for a couple of minutes until pale and fluffy

  4. Add in the eggs one at a time mixing after each addition 

  5. Add in the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and orange zest and mix until completed combined

  6. Add in the yogurt and cranberries reserving the juice they have been soaking in. Mix until just combined 

  7. Pour the cake mix into the lined tin and level. Bake in the oven for 55-60 minutes until golden brown and a cocktail stick comes out clean. Allow to cool in the tin for 15 minutes or so before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely 

  8. Once the cake is completely cool, make the drizzle by mixing the orange juice that the cranberries were soaked in with the additional orange juice and icing sugar. Drizzle across the cake and serve 

Recipe Notes

You want the drizzle to be thin enough to actually drizzle but not too thin so it runs off the cake. Add more juice to thin it or a touch more icing sugar to thicken if needed. 

Nutritional information is given as a guide only.

Nutrition Facts
Orange & Cranberry Loaf Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 359 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 41mg14%
Sodium 201mg9%
Potassium 165mg5%
Carbohydrates 50g17%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 31g34%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 765IU15%
Vitamin C 9.5mg12%
Calcium 66mg7%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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16 thoughts on “Orange & Cranberry Loaf Cake

    1. Curly Post author

      Not specifically a benefit, but I’ve heard people struggling to find fresh cranberries in their local supermarkets. Dried cranberries are more readily available and probably cheaper I can imagine which hopefully means more people will be able to give this recipe a try πŸ™‚

  1. Jane Saunders

    I do love buttercream, but the older I get, the more I’m also enjoying loaf cakes like this with their much simpler icing. (All the cake for me, please). I think my husband, in particular, would adore this cake – I might just knock it up for him as a surprise this weekend.

  2. jacqui Bellefontaine

    OMG I so want to make this. I make an orange loaf cake that I love. I also love cranberries so I just know this is going to be delicious. Im pinning for later . as soon as i get a chance i shall be making this!


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