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The flavours of Thanksgiving and Christmas combine in this warmly spiced, fruit studded Cranberry Orange and Ginger Loaf Cake Recipe. It's perfect for entertaining, as a thoughtful foodie gift, or just to have on hand for snack emergencies!
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Cranberry Orange and Ginger Loaf

Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings 12 slices
Author Adapted from Passionate Perseverance


  • cups all-purpose flour all-purpose flour is plain flour in the UK
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • ½ cup butter, softened use unsalted butter if possible
  • 1 cup granulated or caster sugar
  • the grated zest of one orange
  • 3 large eggs
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1 generous cup fresh or frozen cranberries, washed and picked over to be sure they are all good
  • ½ cup crystallized ginger, finely chopped
  • Glaze
  • ¾ cup icing sugar Icing sugar is also known as confectioners or powdered sugar
  • the grated zest of one orange
  • 1 to 3 tablespoons fresh orange juice


  • Preheat the oven to 325°F (165C). Grease or line a 8½ by 4½ inch (2 lb) loaf pan.
  • Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and ginger. Set aside.
  • Using a mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the orange zest and beat in.
  • Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition.
  • Into the reserved flour mixture, toss the cranberries and crystallized ginger. Add this mixture to the wet ingredients. Blend together using a wooden spoon to avoid over beating.
  • Carefully blend in the buttermilk using the wooden spoon. The batter should be well blended, but try not to over mix it. (Like muffin batter, quick bread batters are better if you do not over mix them.)
  • Pour into the prepared pan. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre of the bread comes out clean.
  • Remove the pan from the oven and allow the loaf to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes. Then remove the bread from the pan and cool on a wire rack.
  • When the bread is completely cool, make the glaze.
  • Put the icing sugar in a small bowl with the orange rind. Gradually add the orange juice, a bit at a time, until a drizzle-able consistency is reached.
  • Drizzle the glaze over the Cranberry Orange and Ginger Loaf.
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