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Grandma's Cranberry Orange Cake


"A moist, flavorful cake that is perfect for impressing company at your family's Thanksgiving feast! This recipe has been in my family for ages, and I make it every year to wide acclaim."
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2 h servings 408 cals
Original recipe yields 12 servings (1 - 10 inch tube cake)


  • Calories:
  • 408 kcal
  • 20%
  • Fat:
  • 15 g
  • 23%
  • Carbs:
  • 64.7g
  • 21%
  • Protein:
  • 4.8 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 32 mg
  • 11%
  • Sodium:
  • 218 mg
  • 9%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 10 inch tube pan. Sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together 1 cup of white sugar, 1/3 cup of orange juice, eggs, buttermilk, cranberry liqueur, and vegetable oil using an electric mixer. Add the dry ingredients and mix just until moistened. Fold in the chopped dates, cranberries and orange zest. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly.
  3. Bake for 1 hour in the preheated oven, or until a knife inserted into the crown of the cake comes out clean. Let the cake cool in the pan set over a wire rack for 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Remove the cake from the pan and place on a serving plate. In a small saucepan, stir together 1 cup of orange juice and 3/4 cup of white sugar. Bring to a boil, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Use a turkey baster or large spoon to drizzle the sauce over the cake. Poke the cake with a fork or skewer to help it absorb all of the sauce, or until the cake is thoroughly moistened.

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So moist and delicious and my entire family loved it! The recipe was also very easy to make. I'm a huge cranberry fan so I added an extra 1/3 cup of cranberries. The cake is very sweet, so do...

My husband says this is in my top 3 cakes ever. I too hate for people to judge a recipe when they didnt make it correctly, BUT just to let you know an OPTION, I used all cranberries (no dates), ...

One of my favorite recipes--only difference is that mine calls for 1 tablespoon soda in place of 1 teaspoon each soda and baking powder. Even people who do not like fruit cake usually like this...

This was delicious! So moist and flavourful. Like another reviewer, I didn't have any cranberry liqueur so I simmered a handful or so of cranberries in water and sugar then mooshed the cranberri...

First of all I have been making a recipe very similar to this one, with a few exceptions for over 30 years (yet ours didn't have any alcohol or liqueur in it not even vanilla, it called for a cu...

My mom made this for a church potluck and only half of the cake made it out because the kitchen helpers helped themselves over and over. We had to make a substitution as did not have any cranber...

I didn't change a thing and it was superb! The cake was moist and, between my husband and I, it took us 5 days before finishing and it was still delicious, not dry at all. I didn't have cranberr...

So moist! I did not have the oj, orange or orange liquer or dates. But I did have my homemade cranberry apple orange relish with walnuts left over from Thanksgiving the day before. I just added ...

Moist and delicious, even without the glaze!