Saturday, November 16, 2019

Cranberry Orange #Cake #Recipe @PegCochran #Thanksgiving

Cranberries and Thanksgiving are nearly synonymous! What's a Thanksgiving feast without cranberry sauce?  But cranberries are good for other things as well, as you will see with this cake hubby termed "a perfect blend of sweet and tart."

Although cranberries are harvested in late September or early October and processed and shipped to stores for your pleasure at Thanksgiving, maintaining a cranberry bog is a year-long job.  Fall is harvest time; in winter the bogs are flooded and frozen over.  Farmers spread sand over the ice so that it will filter onto the vines when the ice melts and nourish the plants and choke out weeds.  Spring is a time for weeding and cleaning up the beds and in summer, bees are brought in to pollinate the cranberry blossoms.

There is a lot of information on cranberry growing in my Cranberry Cove series along with intriguing murders, investigations and tantalizing recipes!

Cranberry Orange Cake

1 box yellow cake mix
1 box vanilla instant pudding and pie mix (4 serving size)
1 cup water (or water combined with orange juice) **
1/2 cup softened butter
1 to 2 tsp. grated orange peel (I used at least 2 tsp. for a stronger flavor)
4 eggs
1.5 cups fresh cranberries

** I squeezed 1-1/2 oranges and replaced a 1/4 cup of the water with the juice for one cup total.

Cinnamon Ribbon

1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup chopped nuts (pecans, walnuts)
1 to 2 tsp. cinnamon 


1 cup confectioner's sugar
2 to 3 tablespoons orange juice
1 teaspoon orange peel

Heat oven to 325 degrees and grease and flour a bundt pan or tube pan. 

Mix the sugar, chopped nuts and cinnamon for the cinnamon ribbon.

Beat cake mix, pudding mix, water, butter, orange peel and eggs on low speed for 30 seconds.  Blend on medium speed for two minutes.  Stir in cranberries.  Pour half the mixture in the pan.

Sprinkle sugar/nut/cinnamon mixture over batter and cover with remaining batter.

Bake 57 to 65 minutes until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Cool well before removing from pan.

To make glaze:
Heat juice over low heat and stir in confectioner's sugar and orange peel.  Add a splash of milk if necessary to create a glaze that can be poured but isn't too runny.

Drizzle glaze over cake.

 Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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New York City, 1939. A rising star at the Daily Trumpet, Elizabeth “Biz” Adams has been sent to the World’s Fair—billed as the “World of Tomorrow,” a look toward a brighter future even as the drumbeats of war grow louder—to cover a robbery. What she stumbles upon instead is a dead woman, dumped into the Aquacade’s pool with a nylon stocking wrapped around her neck.

Elizabeth snaps a photo as the police arrest Joey Dorman, a gentle young hot dog vendor who made no secret of his obsession with the murder victim. Even though she’s thrilled that her photo makes the front page, the fear and confusion evident on Joey’s face are haunting. So Elizabeth vows to prove his innocence—or his guilt—with her partner at the Daily Trumpet, Ralph Kaminsky. Meanwhile, her romance with Detective Sal Marino is heating up, and Elizabeth is more determined than ever to follow her heart.

But when Kaminsky’s efforts to expose the real killer land him in the hospital, Elizabeth is forced to continue the investigation on her own. And as she tries to narrow down the long list of suspects, she discovers a dark secret running through the Fair—a secret some would kill to protect.


  1. Orange and cranberry is an inspired combination.

  2. I love the idea of a cinnamon ribbon with nuts. Thanks, Peg!