Cranberry Orange Breakfast Cake

This Cranberry Orange Breakfast Cake is perfect for brunch or snacking!  A tender vanilla cake with flavours of orange, and bites of tart cranberries.  So delicious.


  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • zest from 1 orange
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 2 tbsp sugar for garnish


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, use a mixer to cream together the butter and sugar until smooth.
  4. Add the eggs, and one at a time. Mix until smooth.
  5. Add the vanilla and orange zest.  Mix well.
  6. To the butter mix, add 1/3 of the flour mix, then 1/2 of the buttermilk. Repeat until all combined.
  7. Gently stir the whole cranberries into the cake batter. Don’t use a mixer, just hand mix it with a spoon, being careful not to mash the cranberries.
  8. Line a 9×9 baking pan with parchment paper, then press the batter into the pan.
  9. Sprinkle the top of the cake with 2 tbsp of granulated sugar.
  10. Bake for 50 – 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.
  11. Let the cake rest for at least 30 minutes before cutting.
  12. Enjoy!

Keywords: breakfast cake, cake, cranberry orange