The holiday flavors cranberry and orange come together in this delicious yogurt cake! Top the tender cake with vanilla orange glaze for a festive dessert or sweet addition to your brunch menu!
One of my favorite holiday flavor combinations is cranberry and orange. I love the tartness of the cranberries paired with the sweet citrus flavor of orange, it’s a flavor duo that’s hard to beat! The great part about this flavor combination is that it can be used in both sweet and savory dishes. Cranberries and oranges can be used in salads, a wild rice pilaf, chutney to serve alongside meat, or even a vinaigrette. On the sweet side you can add them to cookies, muffins, sweet rolls, pies and of course this Cranberry Orange Yogurt Cake.
While I call it a cake I could definitely eat a slice of this for breakfast. Since it’s made with whole wheat pastry flour and a generous amount of Greek yogurt it’s basically healthy…right? I’m trying to justify the two thick slices I inhaled not too long ago after my early morning Saturday long run.
The yogurt cake is baked in a loaf pan which makes it super simple. No layers to frost or difficulty cutting that perfect slice only to have it fall over on it’s side when you serve it. It’s a casual cake, almost quick bread-like in nature. Making this loaf cake to bring to a brunch or party would be the perfect sweet addition to the table. I baked this one in an 8.5 x 4.5 standard loaf pan, but if you have mini loaf pans you could bake multiple cakes to share with friends and neighbors. I always love receiving fresh home baked goods this time of year.
The cake itself can be made ahead of time and frozen until you are ready to eat it, just be sure to leave the glaze off if you are going to do this. Speaking of the glaze, let’s talk about this magical sweet goodness that I could eat with a spoon. It’s simply made up of powdered sugar, a pinch of salt, fresh squeezed orange juice and vanilla extract. The orange of course gives it that citrusy flavor that you’ll find in the cake and the vanilla, well vanilla makes anything a little more special. When I helped myself to a spoonful of it which I’m sure you will too, it reminded me of a creamsicle! Be sure to treat yourself, family or friends to this sweet holiday flavored cranberry orange yogurt cake this year!
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