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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Cranberry Orange Nut Cake


Few weeks back, while we were on a trip, I happened to eat an orange-cranberry muffin. I was awe-struck by the richness of the cranberry and the tanginess of the orange and yet the simplicity by which the two flavors merged. Once we were back, I decided to make it. I thought of making a cake rather than a muffin. Searched in internet and got one simple recipe. I tried it was a hit. I tried the second time,even more applause. So here goes the recipe..


 
Adapted from seasonal recipes website.
 
All-purpose flour - 1-1/2 cup

Butter, softened - 1 cup

Sugar - 1 cup
Eggs - 4

Baking powder - 2 tsp

Salt - 1/2 tsp

Vanilla extract - 1 tsp

Almond extract - 1 tsp

Milk - 1/3 cup

Cranberries halved - 2 cups
Almonds toasted - 1/2 cup
Grated zest of 1 orange
Icing sugar

  • Pre-heat oven to 300 F. Grease and flour a cake pan.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the cranberries, almonds, orange zest and 1/2 cup flour. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat together butter and sugar until creamy. Beat in vanilla, almond, and eggs, one at a time. Set aside.
  • In another mixing bowl, stir together remaining flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients. Stir in cranberry mixture.
  • Bake for 55 to 65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the the center of the cake comes out clean.
  • Cool cake on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then turn out onto the rack to cool completely.
  • When completely cool, wrap cake in aluminum foil and store in a cool place for a few days to allow it to soften and the flavors to mingle.
  • Before serving, dust with icing sugar.
  • For best flavor, make this cake a few days before serving.

7 comments:

Velva said...

Awesome! Like you, I love the flavor combination of orange and cranberry. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

Jj said...

Cranberry and orange makes such a tasty combination and this cake sounds awesome!

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Kathryn said...

Mmm looks good! :)

Meghna said...

Hey Velva,Jj,Kathryn - Thank you all for your lovely comments :)

Lisa said...

Cranberry and orange is such a great flavor combo, and that cake looks amazing. Whatchoo talkin' about when you say you have a lot of hard work to do when it comes to opening a bistro? Your skills rock! Happy New Year!

Amy B. said...

Cranberries! I love them, thanks for posting! Looks really good and easy to make, thanks! :)