Orange Cranberry Cake

We usually have drama practices at home almost every weekend and we take turns to feed the army. I get to try few recipes on them but rarely get to take pictures as it all vanishes within half an hour or less. I always look forward to my turn as I get few more guinea pigs ;) I wanted to make a simple snack cake for the troop and had cranberries sitting on the counter and whole orange tree with ripe oranges in the backyard.

I had my eye on this recipe for very long time as I love orange flavor. Substituting eggs, milk and butter was something I was very reluctant to try all in same batch. Just in case if that doesn't come all together as its supposed to be then it becomes difficult to finish. I like this orange cake so much that I make very often. Using cranberries in that orange cake was going to be my last option as I know it will come out great. But I wanted to try a new recipe(!) so went on searching for a different recipe. I had tried this maple pecan cake by Shyamala with walnuts and agave syrup, soy milk. Also had tried ET's take on the same recipe using agave syrup and almond milk. It is such a forgiving recipe that I wanted to alter it to suit with ingredients I had on hand.

Orange Cranberry Cake

Here is how I did it -

1.5 cups Whole Wheat Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
3/4 tsp Baking Soda
6 tbsp Turbinado Sugar
3 tbsp Agave Syrup
1/2 cup Oil
1/2 cup Dried Cranberries (I used orange flavored cranberries)
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
2 tbsp Lemon Juice (I used Meyer Lemon)
1/2 cup Orange Juice (I used freshly squeezed)
2 tbsp Orange Zest
1/4 tsp Salt

Preparation -
Orange Cranberry cake with orange tree in backyard

Preheat oven at 350F. Grease 8" baking and dust it with flour.
Mix together sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt to mix it thoroughly. Then add cranberries and mix well.
Mix orange zest, lemon juice, orange juice, agave syrup, oil, vanilla extract in food processor.
Add the flour mixture in 2 batches in the wet ingredients.
Mix for a minute and pour batter in the greased pan. Bake for 35 minutes or until the toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Let it cool for 15-20 minutes and then Take it off the pan and cut into pieces.

Tips -
  1. You can easily add 2 tbsp more orange juice and omit lemon juice.
  2. You can use white sugar but I like rustic taste of turbinado.
  3. As ET has mentioned this is pretty dry cake but works great with coffee/tea.

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  1. The orange-cranberry combination is my absolute fav. thanks for a vegan way to enjoy these flavours.

  2. Wonderful picture of the cake and tree! :)

  3. oh wow!. i love this tangy combo.

  4. Oh wow - what a way to veganize all the best flavors. I have to say Shammi's cake is just the best.

    That orange tree in the background looks very pretty too. What variety do you have? Our farmers markets are wrapping up some of the orange varieties now.

  5. hey the cake looks so great..moist and yummy..

  6. You have an orange tree in your backyard, wow. Check out my new event if you are interested -
    This could be an entry to my Bake-off if you are interested.

  7. TC, Priya, notyet100, Mallugirl, ET, Deepa - Thanks.

    ET, I think I have Valencia variety but not 100% sure.

    Champa - Welcome to my blog. You even looks great but this recipe is not from a book so I think will not qualify :) But it gives me opportunity to bake something else for the event :)

  8. swhat is agave syrup, where you get it?

  9. Anon, Agave syrup is made from agave cactus/succulent similar to aloe vera. You can read more about it here -

  10. Hi vadani kaval,

    I read your post on kitchen utensils. And you have mentioned that you were taking pottery lessons. WHere do you learn pottery making?

  11. Hi Mints, this cake sounds delicious, and the orange and cranberry flavors must be divine together. Your drama practice sessions also sound like a load of fun.
    Here's wishing you a very, very happy Diwali :)

  12. How much oil and salt?

  13. Anonymous, thank you for noticing. I have added oil and salt proportion.


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