The Best Cranberry Orange Bread (VIDEO)

Sharing an amazing and easy recipe for The Best Cranberry Orange Bread Loaf. Soft and moist bread loaf with fresh cranberries, orange zest, and a simple lemon glaze. This bread loaf is so flavorful and perfect to bake around the holidays for gift giving to friends and loved ones. 

If you love sweet bread, try the Apple Bread Recipe, the Raspberry Chocolate Chip Banana Bread, or classic Best Lemon Blueberry Cake Loaf.

Cranberry Orange Bread Loaf slices stacked on top of each other next to cranberries, and a spoon.

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Moist and soft cake loaf with orange zest, lemon juice and fresh cranberries. The bread loaf is baked then topped with an easy lemon glaze that completes the bread loaf.

The batter is so amazing and fluffy, the bread feels more like a cake than bread. So perfect! I love the hint of citrus the orange zest and juice gives the bread and balances the tartness of the cranberries.

How to make the cranberry orange bread recipe with fresh cranberries and orange zest.

tips on how to make the best cranberry orange bread-

  • Be sure to use the zest of fresh orange. Just grate the orange using a zester.
  • Sifting flour is important when making bread. Combine the baking soda, baking powder, and flour and sift. Sifting the ingredients together helps to combine the ingredients, breaking up any lumps in the flour. The flour becomes lighter and is easier to mix in with the remaining ingredients.
  • When folding in the cranberries, fold gently careful not to overbeat the loaf.
  • Wait for the bread loaf to completely cool before drizzling the glaze and slicing the bread.
  • Dust bread loaf with powdered sugar if desired.

Whole loaf of orange cranberry bread with a lemon glaze on a board.


  • Though fresh cranberries work best, frozen cranberries may be substituted.
  • You can use blueberries, raspberries or even cubed strawberries as a substitute for the cranberries.
  • If you like nuts, walnuts or pecans, they may be added to the cranberry bread.


Yes, the Orange Cranberry Bread freezes wonderfully. Be sure the bread is cooled completely before placing in a Ziploc bag and freezing.

Sweet cranberry bread loaf cut into slices, topped with a sugar glaze and powdered sugar.

Enjoy this flavorful sweet cake loaf and don’t forget to share your creations with us! We would love to see your spin on The Best Cranberry Orange Bread. Tag us #ValentinasCorner.

Tools used to make this Cranberry Orange Bread: bread pan, whisk, hand mixer, sieve, zester.

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5 from 2 votes

The Best Cranberry Orange Bread Recipe

An amazing and easy recipe for The Best Cranberry Orange Bread Loaf. Soft and moist bread loaf with fresh cranberries, orange zest and a simple lemon glaze.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry orange bread
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 297kcal




  • 1/3 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp milk


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Prepare 9”x5” bread pan. Cover with parchment paper and lightly coat with baking spray, dust with flour. Set aside.
  • In a bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and baking soda, set aside. 
  • In a large bowl, beat the eggs, butter and sugar 2 minutes, the batter will triple in size.
  • In a small bowl, beat the orange zest, orange juice, lemon juice, sour cream and oil. Pour into egg mixture. Lightly mix.
  • Add half of the flour, mix. Add remaining flour and beat on low speed. Fold in fresh cranberries with a spatula.
  • Pour mixture into the bread pan. Bake 35-40 minutes (until toothpicks come out clean if inserted into the center of loaf).

Prepare glaze-

  • Meanwhile, prepare glaze. Mix sugar, lemon juice, and milk. Add more powdered sugar if a thicker consistency is desired.
  • Dust with sugar, if desired. Drizzle glaze over bread. ENJOY!
Nutrition Facts
The Best Cranberry Orange Bread Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 297 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 61mg20%
Sodium 118mg5%
Potassium 140mg4%
Carbohydrates 48g16%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 29g32%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 225IU5%
Vitamin C 4.6mg6%
Calcium 51mg5%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Bonnie 12/11/2019, 4:21 pm Link Reply

    Can I use small loaf pans

    • Valentina's Corner 12/11/2019, 8:07 pm Link Reply

      Bonnie, it sure can. Except, I’ve never tested it and am not sure about the adjustments of bake time. If you try it, please let me know how it turns out.

  • JoAnn 10/27/2019, 8:08 pm Link Reply

    sounded really good , my issue was that it was extremely dry and outside crust very hard

    • Valentina's Corner 10/28/2019, 10:50 am Link Reply

      I’m sorry to hear that, JoAnn. I actually have no idea how to troubleshoot that as I’ve never had that happen. The bread is really soft and moist. The wet ingredients to the dry are a perfect balance.

  • Alla 10/31/2018, 11:36 am Link Reply

    The kids loved this loaf so much, I baked it again last night! Again, thank you so much for such a delicious recipe! Def will be a staple in our household:)))))

    P.S. congratulations on your soon to arrive new addition! So exciting! God bless your pregnancy. (I’m due in 2 weeks myself :))

    • Valentina's Corner 10/31/2018, 1:06 pm Link Reply

      You’re so sweet! Thank you, Allka!
      Thanks so much for the congrats and congrats to you as well:). Wishing you God’s blessing during delivery and a speedy recovery!! <3

  • Alla 10/28/2018, 12:41 am Link Reply

    Valya, this recipe is amazing, if I could I’d attach a pic of one I baked today. May I just comment or suggest something? Could you do “slower” video versions in the future? Thanks so much! Love going by the video recipes 🙂

    • Valentina's Corner 10/29/2018, 6:14 pm Link Reply

      Thanks so much for sharing, Allochka! Truly appreciate the sweet comment.
      Definitely appreciate the tip for slower videos. We will see what we can do ;). Thanks for being a part of our online family.

  • Toria 05/12/2018, 12:38 pm Link Reply

    Love this bread recipe.

    • admin 05/13/2018, 1:02 am Link Reply

      That’s wonderful. Thanks so much for trying our recipe! 🙂

  • Z 03/07/2018, 9:31 am Link Reply

    Can I omit the orange zest or will it not taste the same?

    • admin 03/07/2018, 11:03 am Link Reply

      You may just omit it. ??

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