Cranberry Orange Vanilla Cake is an experiment when I needed a Christmas Cake recipe for an upcoming event and to create a new recipe for Christmas Cake for an upcoming Holiday Cake Roundup of blogger recipes. I knew that I have had cranberry bread with orange flavoring and orange peel in it and cranberries and oranges seem to naturally compliment each other. So I decided that Cranberry Orange Vanilla Cake would be a perfect cake and certainly be perfect for the holiday season.
On the day I was planning to make the Cranberry Orange Vanilla Cake I was asked to babysit for the “little sweet one” below and being the grammy that I am, of course I said yes. I had the cake made before she got there and all I had to do was make the cranberry sauce and the orange frosting and assemble the cake, the hard part but fun part.
Somehow when I wasn’t looking a piece of cake went missing ? What? I’m calling it “The Case of the Missing Piece of Cake”. I’m not saying she is guilty but she sure looks suspicious!!!
The cake is a three layer cake and with one piece of the cake missing it would not be easy to decorate but somehow I pulled it off by using extra orange frosting in the missing area.
First make the cake and let it cool. This cake recipe is an adaptation of The Best White Cake Recipe at Add A Pinch. While the cake is cooling make the cranberry sauce. Use a large bag of cranberries, sugar, water, orange juice and orange peel and let it cook until it is the consistency of jam. The cranberries will break apart as they cook and become jam like. You will be looking for a sweet and tart taste with a hint of orange.
It reminds me of homemade cranberry sauce that you would eat for Thanksgiving. It was so good that I ended up making another batch and using it for cranberry sauce for our Thanksgiving dinner. It was pretty popular.