Orange Cake with Dried Cranberries
- Vegetable oil spray for misting the pan and flour for dusting it
- 1 package (18.5 ounces) yellow cake mix with pudding
- 1 cup fresh orange juice (either from about 5 medium oranges or from a carton)
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 4 large eggs
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup dried cranberries
- 1 cup confectioners sugar
- 3 tablespoons fresh orange juice
- 1 teaspoon fresh grated orange zest
Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees. Lightly mist a 12-cup Bundt pan with vegetable oil spray and then dust with flour. Shake out excess flour. Set pan aside.
Place the cake mix, orange juice, oil, sugar, vanilla, and eggs in a large mixing bowl. Blend with an electric mixer on low speed for about 1 minute. Stop the machine; scrape down the sides of the bowl. Increase the mixer speed to medium and beat for 2 minutes more. The batter should look thick and well-blended. Stir in the dried cranberries, if using and pour the batter into the prepared pan. Place it in the oven.
Bake the cake until it is golden brown and just starts to pull away from the side of the pan – about 45-47 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and place it on a wire rack to cool about 20 minutes. Run a long, sharp knife around the edge of the cake and invert it onto a rack to cool complete – at least 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, prepare the glaze. Combine the confectioners’ sugar, fresh orange juice, and orange zest in a small bowl and stir until smooth.
Pour the glaze over the top, letting it drizzle down the sides and into the center. Let the glaze set for a few minutes before slicing.
(I served this cake to a group of people, some of whom have health issues with seeds and things. Instead of adding the dried cranberries to all of the batter, I poured all of the batter into the Bundt pan and then stirred 1/2 cup dried cranberries into one side. The dried cranberries would have been more evenly distributed if I added them to the batter before pouring into pan)
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