Tuesday, November 26, 2013


I just adore cranberries and can't resist making an Orange Cranberry Tea Cake about this time each year.  This cake is a tea cake in the truest sense of the word because it has TEA in the cake!

I like to double this recipe and make 2 cakes.  You will need:
1 1/4 cups water, 1 cup orange juice, 4 tea bags/black tea, 3 cups of flour, 1 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 cup sugar, 4 Tb soft butter, 2 eggs, 1 cup chopped cranberries, 1 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour your cake pan.  In a small saucepan, bring the water and juice to a boil. Drop in the 5 teabags, remove from burner and let brew 5 minutes. Remove tea bags from liquid.

In another bowl, combine the flour, soda and salt.  In a large mixer bowl, mix sugar and butter until blended.  Beat in  the eggs and cooled tea mixture.  Add the flour and soda mixture until blended and stir in the chopped cranberries and walnuts.  (In high altitude add a little more orange juice if batter is too dry)

Turn batter into a large loaf pan or tube pan and bake 50-60 minutes testing with a toothpick.  Cool when done.  Turn out cake and brush with orange juice and sift with confectioners sugar.

This past week we have had cold weather and light snow on several days.  It has been so pretty and put me in the mood for Christmas music in the background.  Baking this cake is sure to put you in the Holiday mood! I doubled this recipe making one larger and one smaller cake which gave me one to take to my new neighbors.  I also got an opportunity to pull out many of my Christmas decorations.


  1. Your cakes sound yummy and are so pretty too!

  2. Dear Bernideen,
    your Orange Cranberry Tea Cake looks delicious. The recipe sounds very good. I love all your decorations for Christmas. Makes a warm feeling. Oh my, your pretty garden ist decked out by a layer of snow. You had really a short time for gardening this year. Thank you for sharing this yummy recipe and for hosting this sweet event.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  3. Your tea cake sounds yummy, Bernideen. Cranberries and orange go so well together and it looks very festive with the angel standing in the center of it. You have more snow than we have at the moment but it won't be long and we'll be digging out a pathway to the car again. Thank you for hosting and joining me for Tea Time. Have a Happy Thanksgiving, my friend!


  4. Hello Bernideen,
    I agree with you, an early dusting of snow really sets the mood for Thanksgiving and Christmas. It always makes me want to bake : ) Here in Raleigh, it is a real treat to get snow.
    Your tea cake looks so very delicious! I would love to try your recipe. It even looks festive! Thank you so much for sharing with us how to make it.

  5. oh, you already have snow! It does make pretty pictures! Here in Brittany, it rarely snows, so when it does, the roads are a nightmare... But it's so pretty!

  6. Look simply divine... can have cake at the moment though... Maybe soon I can try it.. Happy Holiday with love Janice

  7. That cake looks so beautiful and it simply must be delicious! Thank you for sharing your recipe with us!

  8. You're already in the Christmas spirit, dear Bernideen. I'm still in Autumn mode and don't know if I'll even put out much this year. Maybe I'll catch the spirit soon. Happy Thanksgiving. xo

  9. Hi Bernideen. I was wondering if you got some snow! That's a wonderful recipe! I haven't done much for Christmas yet...but am enjoying your decorating. I have Earl Grey cranberry sauce! Fun to find tea in recipies. Thanks for sharing, hosting and linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

  10. Another cranberry recipe I will be making ! That is the great thing about tea time blogging, the wonderful seasonal recipes and table-setting ideas to accompany tea.

    I have restrained myself and will not be getting out my Christmas decorations & dishes until after Thanksgiving but am loving seeing al the Christmas inspiration. Thank-you !

  11. I would love this cake.
    Thanks for recipe.

  12. Oh Bernideen,
    I love your wee angels and the snow looks so lovely in your once Tea in the Garden. It makes me in the Christmas spirit! I must try your fabulous recipe. Thank you for hosting Friends Sharing Tea today. Have a wonderful week!

  13. I will have to make this! Thanks, Bernideen.
    Happy Thanksgiving,
    Linda at Beautiful Ideas

  14. Hello Bernideen

    Oh your house is looking very welcoming for your tea party.
    I love angels but I only have a couple so far.
    I love these cakes - thank you for the recipe!
    Thank you for inviting us to your party!!

  15. Hi Bernideen, everything looks so lovely and Christmasy and I love that you have a little dusting of snow outside. I hope we get a little dusting of snow in England this year. Not a lot mind you...lol. Your cake sounds fabulous and I'll look at your recipe again when I'm in West Cottage, That might be the perfect thing to take around to some of our friends. :)

  16. Hi Bernideen. I just answered my own question. I had lost track of when you hosted your party. I don't have anything pertaining to tea in my post today but maybe next week. Your cake looks delicious and the fresh snow is so pretty..Happy Thanksgiving..Judy

  17. Hi Bernideen,
    I hope you and hubs have a blessed Thanksgiving! :)
    Thank you for hosting!

  18. It looks like a winter wonderland at your house. Beautiful. I love cranberry and orange anything so I know I will enjoy this recipe. Love your angels, too. Happy Tea Day and thank you for hosting.

  19. Your teatime is just perfect - and thank you so much for sharing that wonderful recipe. It takes us from fall all the way through Christmastime as a perfect accompaniment for teatime. YUM.
    God bless you this Thanksgiving and always.

  20. Your tea cake is pretty, and sounds good. I like your nativity and angels and the snow is lovely.
    Blessings, Beth

  21. Wishing you and your loved ones a Happy Thanksgiving, Bernideen! Thanks for the gift of your blog! Blessings, Phyllis


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