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Baked and sliced loaf of orange cranberry bread drizzled with orange glaze.
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5 from 9 votes

Orange Cranberry Bread with Glaze

This orange cranberry bread is incredibly moist, dense, and full of orange and cranberry in every bite. It's even topped with a sweet orange glaze that puts it over the top. We think it's the best orange cranberry bread around!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr 15 mins
Cool Time30 mins
Total Time2 hrs
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Sweet, Holiday Dessert, Thanksgiving Recipe, Christmas Recipe, Dessert Loaf, Dessert Bread, Citrus Bread
Servings: 10 Servings
Calories: 346kcal



  • 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Orange Zest
  • 1/2 Cup Buttermilk
  • 1/2 Cup Canola or Vegetable Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Orange Juice
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 1/2 Cups Fresh Cranberries


  • 1 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 2-3 Tablespoons Orange Juice



  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and grease a 9 x 5 - inch loaf pan. 
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt until well combined. Set aside.
  • In a separate small bowl, use a spoon to mix the sugar and orange zest until the sugar becomes light orange in color. Set aside.
  • Add to the bowl of a stand mixer (or a large bowl and hand mixer), the buttermilk, oil, orange juice, eggs, and vanilla. Mix on low speed until the ingredients are combined.
  • Add the flour mixture and the orange zest/sugar mixture. Continue to mix on low speed until all the ingredients are smooth like muffin batter. 
  • Next, add the cranberries and use a wooden spoon or spatula to stir until well incorporated.
  • Transfer the batter to the greased loaf pan. Place in the oven and baked for 70-75 minutes. If the bread begins to become too brown, place a piece of aluminum foil loosely over the top to prevent burning.
  • The bread is done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a very light crumb. Remove the bread from the oven and allow to cool for 5-7 minutes before transferring from the pan to a cooling rack.


  • While the bread cools, make the glaze.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the powdered sugar and orange juice. 
  • Whisk or use a hand mixer on low until the glaze is smooth and creamy. Adjust the amount of orange juice to reach desired consistency.
  • After the bread cools completely, drizzle the glaze over the top, slice, and serve. 
  • Store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.



*Calories listed are an approximate based on ingredients used and serving size listed. 
*Bread bakes with a light brown crust which was removed for the photos and the video to show the inside and cranberries.
*Please be sure to see the post and the comments section for additional tips, substitutions, and baking variations. Our readers have provided several wonderful comments regarding changes they've made to this recipe that might be helpful for others.


Calories: 346kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 144mg | Potassium: 141mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 115IU | Vitamin C: 10.7mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 1.4mg
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