Thursday, June 20, 2013

Cranberry Pecan Orange Cake


Happy that the enthusiastic-baking me visited Minneapolis, the flour city and enjoyed our USA trip very much!

Happy that I'm now back home and started baking...

Happy too that I've baked this lovely Christmas-y cake.

Although Christmas is almost half a year away, the combination of cranberry and pecan in this cake plus our current wintery Melbourne weather remind me a lots of Christmas! This cake recipe is from the book, "Coffee Cakes" by Lou Seibert Pappas. It is chosen by Maria from Box of Stolen Socks for our 20th The Home Bakers bake and I reckon this is the best The Home Bakers coffee cake that I ever baked so far!

THB is an baking event organised by my friend, Joyce from Kitchen Flavours. With a group of gorgeous ladies, we are baking all recipes from the book, "Coffee Cakes" by Lou Seibert Pappas until every recipe from this book has been baked.

Baking with The Home Bakers has been a great experience for me but can like a roller coaster ride sometime: Up and down... Up and down... And this THB bake is all the way UP UP UP for me! 

I'm here back to the basic (and retro... LOL!) using a wooden spoon to bake this thin-layer cranberry streusel cake. I'm very happy that this cake is very easy to bake and very moist, tender and delicious to eat. Happy too that I baked the full amount of this cake. Without much to say, the photographs of this cake will tell you what I mean...

Cranberry pecan orange cake - one of my best THB bakes!
Sorting the nuts - Will the real good pecan please stand up?
Making the cake - the bad nuts were used as chopped pecans
Assembling the cake
Easy to bake! *Happy*
Can't have enough... Need another slice!

Update on 13 Dec 2016: This recipe is so good that I'm baking this Christmassy cake again! And here is my version of the recipe. Happy Baking!

cranberry pecan orange cake
Another Cranberry Pecan Orange Cake that I have baked recently :)
Equally delicious!!!

Here's the recipe.

Makes one 20 cm cake

For the cake:
60g unsalted butter, soften at room temperature
50g caster sugar - this is the reduced amount and the cake is not sweet!
1 large egg, roughly beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
150g all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup orange juice
1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries, not dried - please do not thaw
50g pecans, roughly chopped and pre-roasted at 180ºC for 5 mins

For the streusel topping:
38g all purpose flour
30g cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
50g caster sugar, can be raw or white
50g pecan halves (yes... these are the good pecans that are nice and intact!)

Preheat oven to 180ºC. Line a 20 cm round pan with baking paper.

To make the streusel topping: Using your fingertips, rub butter into flour and sugar until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Place streusel in a fridge to chill while making the cake batter.

For the cake:
Using a wooden spoon or an electric mixer with paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Then beat in the egg and vanilla.

Combine flour, baking powder and salt and sift half of the flour mixture into the butter mixture. Use a spatula or wooden spoon to mix until the flour mixture is incorporated. Stir in half of the orange juice until just combined. Repeat the flour-mixture-sifting-plus-mixing and the mixing-in-orange-juice steps with the remaining ingredients. Then, stir in the cranberries and nuts. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan.

Sprinkle the chilled streusel evenly over the batter and arrange the pecan halves over the streusel.

Bake at 180ºC for 40-45 mins or until the cake is golden brown and a skewer inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool slightly in the pan for about 10 mins. Then transfer to cool on a wire rack to cool completely.

Cut and serve. Store the uneaten cake in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Happy Baking
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  1. It is fun to enjoy baking with your favorite group of food bloggers-very cool.

    The cranberry pecan cake would be delicious anytime of year.


  2. Very nice! Love the color of the cranberries!

  3. Oh it looks so yummy! I will have to have it on my endless list :D

  4. Never been to minneapolis but love to see..are you posting any of this trip photos? :)

    I can see why you love this... the cake looks fabulous!! Dying to try this out...maybe this weekend... drools...

  5. Zoe, welcome back!! Thanks for the reminder on the Cook like a Star ;)

    Btw your tips/notes for this cake are good. Now I'm thinking about where to get that orange concentrate.

    Your cake looks really good with the tinges of pink from the cranberries :)

  6. Welcome back, you and Joyce bake almost the similar cake today. I still have one pack of pecan nut in my fridge. May be I could bake this yummy cake.

    1. Hi Jozelyn,

      You are right that we are baking the same cake using the same recipe from the book, Coffee book for Joyce's baking club, THB.



  7. Haha I really need to start cooking/baking some Curtis Stone recipes. Still in my holiday mode. :P

  8. OMGosh love love this!

    Thank you so much for following, I'm following back :)

  9. Seen Joyce's version and already loving it, yours looks just as good! must give this a try too!

  10. This looks so delicious and moist. It is good to have you back blogging again :-)

  11. I love this cake very much as well, Zoe!

  12. Wow, the combination between the streusel and the pecans must be lovely :) I think I'll try this too.


  13. Must try this one sometime. look so delish! thanks for sharing Zoe:)

  14. This cake really looks amazing! It would be perfect for fall:)

  15. What a perfect combo, Zoe!
    This looks delicious

  16. Delighted you enjoyed the "flour city" Zoe. I just knew you would. Will you be sharing pictures, I hope, I hope:)

    It is so chilly in the house this morning that I wouldn't mind sinking my teeth into that Cranberry Pecan Orange Cake at all. It turned out just perfect!

    Thank you so much for sharing...

    P.S. I hope you do join us for the Picnic Game. Just pick any one of these letters (K-L-N-T-U-V-X-Y-Z) and join in! If you can't think of anything to make, just make up a sort of name that begins with one of the letters. Like you said, I bet you're still a bit foggy from that traveling. And yes, next time do visit me in PA!

  17. This looks delicious! Happy to be your 700th follower!

  18. Zoe , how was the trip ?! I bet 'twas wonderful ! What baking goodies did you buy in the land of milk and honey ? lol The cake looks pretty delicious ! Those pecans look good indeed ;D

  19. I have friends in Minneapolis who will be overjoyed that you consider their home a destination!

  20. Ah... I really have to find a company online that can send me pecans. Looked for them everywhere... nothing.

  21. Glad you are back.. Hadn;t seen your posts in a little bit and thought that our transition from google reader to feedly cut you off.. Actually checked yesterday and realized you hadn't posted....

    Love all the flavors going on in this cake!!! Glad your back....

  22. I always love the combo of orange and cranberry! And then if you throw in some pecans, it's even better! :)

  23. This looks so delicious. And I'm in need of a sweet snack at my desk right now. Can you teleport it to me? ;)

  24. I love holiday desserts especially anything with cranberries and pecans :) This looks delicious!

  25. Elegant cake, cant take my eyes from ur clicks.

  26. Wow.. Such a perfect & awesome looking cake :) Perfect evening snack with a cuppa tea !!

  27. Your cake looks gorgeous Zoe! I am happy that you liked it! I chose it a long time ago but it seems that it suits the weather in both the North (very hot and humid) and the South hemisphere :) :)

  28. Lovely cake & yummy too! I love this cake very much & planning to bake again soon for my friend to try. Thanks for the tips, will add some orange zest too! ;)

  29. pecan?! i love it!! i wanna try to do this also1 =D

  30. Hi Zoe,
    Welcome back! This is indeed one lovely cake, glad to hear that you like it!
    So jealous to hear of your trip to US!
    I can imagine how happy you are back in your own kitchen, your hands are just itchy to hold that whisk! Hahaha!
    Hope you have a great delicious weekend in your kitchen! **wink**

  31. Zoe, the cake looks yummy indeed! I love pecans, though expensive, I still splurge once in a while :)

  32. This looks really good. Love the pretty pink color.
    Thanks for following my blog. Love to follow you back.

  33. Its hard to find pecans or cranberries here. Love the look of this cake.

  34. Looks delicious and moist,great combo ingredients :)

  35. i'm still one bake behind current THB..catching up :) thanks for the link provided for curtis stone's recipes.

  36. I would be so happy if this cake was in front of me :D
    This is so delicious!

    Choc Chip Uru

  37. So when can I come over for tea- time?

  38. Ooo..this looks absolutely gorgeous!

  39. Thanks for the info on finding Curtis recipes.

    We loved this cake. Yours looks great. I did what you did and used orange juice. I am not even sure, I can get, concentrate anymore.

  40. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I love pecans and definitely i will try this one.