Simply Satisfying – Orange Cranberry Breakfast Cake

Orange Cranberry  breakfast cake slicedAs soon as I saw this recipe on a food blog I knew that it would turn out wonderful.  Especially since I had orange flavored cranberries at home.  I didn’t have brandy but substituted with over proof rum.  Okay, so it was a little bit stronger but nonetheless tasted excellent.


1 cup of dried cranberries

½ cup of brandy (I used overproof Rum)

½ cup (1 stick) of unsalted butter, room temperature

2/3 cup of sugar

zest of 1 orange

1 egg, room temperature

1 tsp. vanilla extract

½ cup of milk, room temperature

juice of 1 orange (mine rendered 1/3 cup)

2 cups of all-purpose flour

2 tsp. of baking powder

1 tsp. salt

turbinado sugar to sprinkle on top


 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease a 9-ince square baking pan.

In a small sauce pan add cranberries and brandy (or rum).  Warm through over medium heat, about 5 minutes.  The brandy should evaporate. Turn off heat and set it aside to cool.

Using a standing mixer, cream butter, sugar and orange zest until light and fluffy.  Add egg and vanilla extract and beat until combined.  Then add in milk and orange juice and continue mixing until combined.

In a medium bowl whisk flour, baking powder and salt until combined.  Slowly add in the flour mixture into the wet ingredients.  The batter will be thick.  Fold in ¾ of the boozy cranberries into the batter and spread it evenly into the greased pan.  Sprinkle the remaining ¼ of the cranberries on top.  Then sprinkle some turbinado sugar evenly on top of everything else (batter and cranberries).

Bake for 30-40 minutes or until toothpick/tester inserted into the center comes out clean.  Let the breakfast cake cool in the pan on the cooling rack.

Adapted from “For the Love of Cooking” by and then by

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