I’ve never tried fresh cranberries before. Here in London, they were in every superstore during Christmas and one day I finally decided to buy some. I didn’t know what to expect and I was quite disappointed when I tasted one and it was so bitter. That was when I remembered seeing a recipe in Laura in the kitchen for cranberry orange muffins. Well, I don’t have a muffin tin so I decided to bake the batter in a square cake pan.
While the cake was baking, I was thinking of ways to serve the dessert in order to make it a little bit special. I remembered that Annie from Annie’s eats had an article about sugared cranberries and I decided to include them in the final presentation. There’s something so festive about the way they look that I knew they were perfect for this cake.
Cranberry orange cake
200 grams flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
60ml fresh orange juice
60ml whole milk
115 grams soft butter
200 grams caster sugar
grated zest of 1 orange
150 grams fresh (or frozen) cranberries
Preheat the oven to 180°C.
Wash and dry the cranberries. They coat in 1-2 tablespoons of the flour.
Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt.
Beat butter and sugar until pale and creamy.
Add orange zest and eggs, one at a time, until well combined.
Add flour mixture alternating with orange juice and milk in 2-3 inclusions.
Start and finish with the flour.
Add the cranberries and fold gently.
Pour the batter in a greased 20×20 cake pan.
Bake for 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center, comes out clean.
Cool on a wire rack completely.
100 grams sugar
50 grams cranberries
sugar for coating
Put water and sugar in a saucepan.
Bring to a boil and cook until sugar is dissolved.
Set aside to cool completely.
Put the cranberries in the sugar syrup and let them soak for a while.
Drain and put on a parchment paper for 1-2 hours until they are dry and sticky.
Coat the one by one in the sugar and let them dry again.
For the cream:
4 tablespoons cream cheese
2 tablespoons sour cream
2 tablespoons powder sugar, sifted
Beat all of the ingredients until creamy.
Cut the cake into a squares, top each one with a spoonful of cream and add a few sugared cranberries