Cranberry Orange Cornmeal Cake Recipe

Each year when we travel to Salem we head straight to a little grocery store there to buy a piece of this wonderful cake they sell year round. This year I decided it was time for me to try to recreate it. And I did just that. This is such a good, dense, moist, flavorful cake which is perfect for Thanksgiving.

This recipe is for an 8 inch round pan. I doubled it and baked it in a 12 X 9. I would double it if I were you because people will eat this like crazy! I refrigerate mine which makes it even denser.

For the single recipe:

Start by pouring 1/2 cup of corn oil or vegetable oil in the bowl of your mixer.

Sorry about these pics but I had my camera on the wrong setting. Next add 2 eggs.

Then add 1 cup of sugar. Beat this for a minute.

Add the grated zest from 2 oranges.

Then 1/2 cup of orange juice. Beat this for another minute.

Put the paddle on your mixer.

Then add 1 1/4 cups of flour and 1/2 cup of yellow cornmeal.

Beat in 2 tsp. of baking powder and 1 tsp. of salt.

Add 1 tsp. of vanilla extract. Beat this for a couple minutes and then add a bag of fresh cranberries. Beat just until they are combined.

If you made the single recipe above you will be using an 8 inch round pan. Spray the pan with cooking spray, line it with parchment then spray the parchment with spray. Pour the mixture into the pan.

Then sprinkle the top with 1/3 cup of sugar. I used vanilla sugar on mine.

Bake it at 375 degrees for about 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick stuck in the middle comes out clean.

This is the perfect combination of crunchy, chewy, orange/cranberry, cornmeal goodness.

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how funny I was just talking about craving something orange and cranberry for the season... you tempt me so...
Chaotic_Dreamer said…
This looks so yummy, I may have to try it out this thanks giving.
Anonymous said…
It does sound delicious. But we don´t use cranberries over here. We do however use lingonberries to almost anything and I think they taste similar to cranberries.

Have a great day now!
faerwillow said…
~i l♥ve cornbread...this sounds perfect for the weekend as it is cold gray and rainy...will have to be making this recipe over the weekend...mmmmmmm the scent of orange and cranberries baking...oh so yummy! thank you so for sharing this with us...warm wishes and brightest blessings~
This looks fabulous but I have no time to make this today. I'm making Wild Rice Soup, and starting yet another loaf of No Knead Bread. Made Curried Chicken last night and not one bite was left. I need a vacation from your blog. But I'm not taking it. You are working me way to hard.
Incipient Wings said…
this looks so good!
i think it would be perfect for Thanksgiving!
Great idea and good job! My daughter will be here Sunday. Preparing baked ham and potato salad and green bean casserole. Also, the famous Rosemary bread, a BIG hit!

This will make a fine dessert.

Happy day.

xoxo to Teddy Autumn Fluffs!
Anonymous said…
Guillaume said…
Cranberries are the fruit of the coming winter...
i am making this tomorrow

YUM! I cannot wait to try this. Thank you so very much. :) Theresa
Ann said…
sure looks delicious
BelladonnasJoy said…
This is a very nice twist to a Johnny cake as we called a sweet bread made with cornmeal. I love them but I haven't made one in awhile. Thanks for the great ideas to make basic recipes seem so much more interesting.

I found the no bake rosemary bread. I was surprised about letting it sit for 18 hours. Wow, this is all new to me. Although, I've made homemade bread before.

Thanks again, and xoxo for pretty Teddy!!
Joane said…
I'll have to try this recipe for Thanksgiving. Actually, I'll end up trying it sooner than Thanksgiving for a little taste test. I've left an award for you on my blog. Part of the award is a buy one get one free at my etsy store. Just let me know in the message to seller area that you've won the "Carlos thinks you're awesome award" then email me the additional piece of jewelry you'd like. Have a wonderful weekend and thank you for all of the wonderful recipes!
Teresa said…
That does sound like it would be perfect for Thanksgiving!
petoskystone said…
gorgeous autumn colors! def. a thanksgiving keeper :) thanks!
SistaSolstice said…
Sound Yummy. Can't wait to try it. Wonder how well they'll hold up in the freezer?
Pricilla said…
That looks yummy!
Mantis Hugo said…
Hey Jaz, thanks for posting Cranberry Orange Cornmeal Cake Recipe. I am dying to try it at home. My friends are coming at my house to celebrate my birthday, I think I should prepare this dish for them. Lets see if they like it or not.

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