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Cranberry Eggnog Loaf Cake

Cranberry Eggnog Loaf Cake

If you're tired of your traditional Christmas sweet bread, why not mix it up with this festive Cranberry Eggnog Loaf Cake? 
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 250 kcal


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup eggnog divided
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Tablespoon orange zest
  • 2 cups flour divided
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar sifted


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Thoroughly grease and flour a loaf pan. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar until creamy, about 5 minutes.
  3. Reduce speed and add eggs, one at a time, mixing well between each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, then carefully add 1/2 cup eggnog, sour cream, vanilla extract and orange zest. Mix until fully combined.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together 1 3/4 cups of flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  5. At a low speed, carefully add flour mixture to butter mixture. Continue mixing until fully combined.
  6. Toss cranberries in 1/4 cup of flour and evenly coat. Fold cranberries into batter. Spoon batter into the prepared loaf pan.
  7. Bake for 45-55 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes, then remove from the pan and cool completely.
  8. In a small bowl whisk together remaining 1/4 cup eggnog and 1/4 cup sifted powdered sugar. Continue adding powdered sugar until you get the glaze consistency you want (I went for a thin glaze) Pour glaze over the top of the loaf.
Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Eggnog Loaf Cake
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 250 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Sodium 137mg6%
Carbohydrates 35g12%
Sugar 19g21%
Protein 4g8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.