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Cranberry Bread with orange. A moist pound cake sweet bread with fresh cranberries and an orange glaze.

Cranberry Orange Bread with Glaze

The most incredibly moist Cranberry Orange Bread with a delicious Orange Icing Glaze. A classic iced Christmas pound cake made with real cranberries, and fresh citrus oranges. Slice and serve little bite-size pieces in cupcake liners for a holiday party dessert table.
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Citrus Bread, Cranberry Orange Bread, Loaf Bread, Pound Cake, sweet bread
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 14 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 29 minutes
Servings 12 slices
Calories 302kcal


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 6 tbsp sour cream
  • tbsp milk can use heavy cream or half and half
  • ½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice (you'll need 2 navel oranges for this total recipe)
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • tsp almond extract
  • cups fresh cranberries
  • tbsp all-purpose flour

Orange Icing Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered confectioners' sugar
  • ½ tsp orange zest
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice
  • ½ tsp almond extract


  • Combine sugar and orange zest. Mix until sugar takes on an orange color; set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, beat sour cream, milk, orange juice, vegetable oil, eggs, and almond extract on low just until combined.
  • Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • Add dry ingredients plus orange sugar mixture to wet ingredients.
  • Mix on low until smooth.
  • Toss 1½ tbsp flour with cranberries. This will prevent the cranberries from moving too much.
  • Fold in cranberries with bread batter.
  • Grease and lightly flour a 9x5 loaf pan.
  • Evenly spread batter into pan.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Bake for 70-85 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (mine took 79 minutes). Tent with foil last 15 minutes of baking.
  • Allow to cool 10 minutes then flip upside down to remove. Place on a cooling rack.
  • Mix together orange glaze ingredients. Once completely cool, drizzle over bread. Slice into 12 slices.


Cranberry Bread may be made in advance. Simply allow to completly cool then wrap in plastic wrap and place in freezer-safe bag.
If baking with a dark non-stick loaf pan, place a silver baking sheet under it to prevent the bottom from burning.


Calories: 302kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 118mg | Potassium: 127mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 120IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 1mg