Glazed Lemon-Cranberry Loaf Cake

by Shawnda on December 25, 2011

in Cakes, Cupcakes & Brownies,Christmas,Citrus,Fruit,Holiday Favorites,Lemon,Project Pastry Queen,Thanksgiving

Glazed Lemon-Cranberry Loaf Cake

Merry Christmas, y’all!

My week to host Project Pastry Queen fell during Christmas so I picked the most Christmasy recipe I could find: Glazed Lemon-Cranberry Loaf Cake.

It’s “just” a small loaf cake scented with lemon zest, studded with fresh cranberries, and topped with a lemon syrup that soaks into the cake. I brought the cake to Christmas Eve dinner and it “just” went over really well.

I stayed true to the recipe but have no doubt it would work as beautifully with orange instead of lemon.

Glazed Lemon-Cranberry Loaf Cake

A moist lemony cake studded with fresh cranberries and glazed with a lemon syrup.


  • For the cake:
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 2/3 cup flour + 1 Tbsp flour
  • 1/2 cup butter, at room temp
  • 1 cup sugar (I reduced to 2/3 cup)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp lemon zest
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup milk (I used 0% fage)
  • For the glaze:
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. Spray a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan with cooking spray.
  3. Toss the cranberries with 1 Tbsp flour and set aside.
  4. Cream the butter and sugar until fluffy, 2-3 minutes.
  5. Add the eggs and lemon zest and beat until thoroughly combined.
  6. Stir together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add half of the mixture and mix on low speed just until combined.
  7. Add half of the milk and mix on low speed just until combined.
  8. Add the remaining flour, mixing just until combined, and then the remaining milk.
  9. Add cranberries and mix a few seconds longer.
  10. Pour the batter into the pan and bake 45-60 minutes, until a skewer comes out with moist crumbs attached.
  11. Cool the cake for 15 minutes and then remove it from the pan.
  12. To make the lemon glaze, combine the sugar and lemon juice in a small saucepan.
  13. Bring the mixture to a boil for 30 seconds.
  14. Remove the pan from the heat.
  15. Gently pierce the top of the loaf cake many times with a toothpick.
  16. Use a pastry brush to apply the warm glaze evenly over the top of the loaf.
  17. Slice into ~10 slices to serve.
  18. Store leftovers tightly wrapped, will keep ~3 days.


Yields: 10 slices

Adapted from The Pastry Queen

Estimated time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Check out how the other Project Pastry Queen members fared with their cakes.

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