Cranberry Orange Bread

Cranberry Orange Bread Recipe - Sweet, tart and delicious!

Fresh orange, tart cranberries… this Cranberry Orange Bread is packed with fresh holiday flavors!

This recipe starts with a perfectly moist and buttery orange and vanilla cake, then is studded with tart, fresh cranberries.

A simple glaze adds a final layer of flavor, and you have a beautiful loaf perfect to enjoy with family and friends… or in a quiet moment all by yourself.

I created this deliciously festive recipe in partnership with Challenge Dairy.

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Delicious Orange Cranberry Bread Recipe!

I’m quite sure this recipe will become a holiday staple in our house!

It’s just so bright and flavorful…. and it comes together quite easily!

A mini loaf of this pretty Cranberry Orange Bread would make a lovely little neighbor or hostess gift, just be sure to make a loaf for yourself too!  =)

This recipe would be perfect for a special holiday brunch or tea party too!

Cranberry Orange Bread Recipe - Sweet, tart and delicious!

As with most every recipe that comes out of my kitchen, this loaf cake includes one of my favorite kitchen staples, Challenge Butter.

I know when I use Challenge brand dairy products I can depend on consistent quality and fresh taste.

Challenge loves to let their fresh, high quality ingredients shine through in their products and this means you can depend on a pure taste and superior results!

No added flavors, dyes, or artificial preservatives…. just fresh and delicious ingredients that are the perfect foundation for successful recipes!

As a California girl, I love knowing that the milk used in Challenge Dairy products is from local, family-owned California dairy farms.

If you’re not sure where you can find Challenge butter (and cream cheese) near you, use this helpful map.

Cranberry Orange Bread Recipe - Sweet, tart and delicious!

How to Make Cranberry Orange Bread

Cranberry Orange Bread Recipe - Sweet, tart and delicious!

Cranberry Orange Bread

Moist, buttery and delicious orange quick bread, studded with tart, fresh cranberries.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 5 mins
Cool 30 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 5 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 230 kcal


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup Challenge unsalted butter melted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons fresh grated orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 tablespoons all-purpose flour


  • 2 tablespoons Challenge butter melted
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice


  • Preheat oven to 350*F and line a 9"x 5" loaf pan with parchment paper (or lightly grease with butter).
  • In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder and salt, and set aside.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, blend together the melted butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla, orange zest and orange juice.  Mix until well combined.
  • While slowly mixing, add flour mixture and milk in two batches (some flour, then some milk, then the rest of the flour and the rest of the milk).  Stop mixing as soon as it's just combined.
  • Rinse off the fresh cranberries so they have just a bit of moisture on them, then, in a small bowl toss the cranberries with 1 T. flour.  This flour coating will help prevent the berries from sinking to the bottom of your loaf while baking.
  • Add the flour coated berries to the batter and gently but quickly stir, by hand, to combine.
  • Immediately pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 55-65 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean.  Cool bread in the pan for 15-30 minutes, then move to a wire cooling rack with a baking sheet below (to catch the glaze you're about to add).
  • Prepare glaze by simply whisking together the melted butter, powdered sugar, and orange juice.  If needed, add an additional tablespoon of powdered sugar to reach the desired consistency.  Pour one layer of glaze over loaf and allow to set a few minutes, then add an additional layer of glaze.
  • Slice and enjoy!


For the orange zest and juice (in the cake and the glaze) you'll need just one large orange.
I have only made this recipe with fresh cranberries. I imagine frozen or dried would also work, but the results might not be identical to what's pictured.
I used Challenge brand butter in this recipe, please feel free to use any high quality brand of your choice.


Calories: 230kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 3gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 246mgPotassium: 59mgFiber: 1gSugar: 23gVitamin A: 288IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 39mgIron: 1mg
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Cranberry Orange Bread Recipe - Sweet, tart and delicious!

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Disclosure – I created this recipe as part of an ongoing partnership with Challenge Dairy.  Partnering with brands I love allows me to provide you high quality content at no cost to you.  I only work with brands I use and love.  All images, text and opinions are my own.



  1. Just made this, did not have cranberries but lots of redcurrants so used instead, Wow, thank you for the recipe, it’s the most delicious cake ever, so moist and tasteful, it’s for our charity shop cafe and I’m sure it will be a sell out, now on to your pear and almond sponge as I have lots of pears too

  2. This looks very moist. I have never used fresh cranberries in bread, muffins, or cookies. They are just so tart. This really looks good.

  3. I used a mix but it taste more like a custard..aI will try your recipe soon

  4. I made it and it was delicious! Thank you, Gloria! I’d like to make it again for a holiday party. How long would you say it can last for? I’d like to make it a day or two in advance…

    • Hi Deanna,
      So glad you gave the recipe a try and enjoyed it! I think I’d prefer to just bake this a day in advance, but you could probably get away with two days in advance. Just keep the loaf well wrapped, and do not add the glaze until the day you’ll be serving it. Happy baking!

  5. Can it be made in a Bundt pan? If so is baking time the same.


  6. What is the baking time for making small loaves?

    • I just finished making some mini loaves, and I can tell you that mine took around 40 minutes, maybe a little more. I checked with a toothpick a couple times between the 35 and 40 minute mark and they finished pretty quickly, so I’d just keep on eye on them around that time if you’re making them small. (I didn’t want them to overbake and also wasn’t sure about the time, so this was a bit of guesswork.) Good luck!

  7. This sounds terrific! I’ll be trying this recipe out this weekend! Love you!

  8. So pretty and festive looking!  Not to mention how tasty it looks!  Bookmarked to make soon! !  !  

  9. YUM! It looks so moist and perfect for Christmas ♥

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