I guess there is no secret that I'm a dessert boy. Love everything sweet. I was asked a while back to create a christmas cake for a magazine. So I came up with this Orange and cranberry cake. It turned out really nice.So I want to share it with all of you now. Let me know what you think.
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Serves 8 
3/4 cup dried cranberries 
3/4 cup dried apricots, coarsely chopped 
1 cup orange juice 
1 1/2 stick (150g) butter, softened 
1 cup sugar 
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
4 large eggs 
2 cups plain flour 
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup milk 
grated zest of 1 orange 
powdered sugar 

  1. Heat oven to 350F, 180C.
  2. Place cranberries, apricots and orange juice in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  3. Let me mixture simmer until almost all the orange juice is gone.
  4. Cool.
  5. Beat butter and sugar until light and creamy.
  6. Add vanilla and the eggs, one at a time.
  7. Add flour and baking powder, stir well.
  8. Stir in the milk and the cranberry/apricot mixture.
  9. Spoon the batter into a buttered bundt pan.
  10. Bake for about 45-50 minutes, or until set.
  11. Cool and turn the cake over on a large platter.
  12. Mix powdered sugar and water to a frosting and pour it over the cake.
  13. Sprinkle with orange zest and serve.


Photography by Frances Janisch

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