Vegan Orange Cranberry Loaf

Vegan Orange Cranberry Loaf

Did you get a chance to catch The Wellness Show this past weekend? It’s been pretty amazing to start to feel like life is going back to some form of normal, which includes events again!

Rebecca Coleman Vegan Orange Cranberry LoafRebecca Coleman Vegan Orange Cranberry Loaf

I had a blast on stage making this vegan Orange Cranberry Loaf. It’s a riff on a recipe in my new cookbook, Vegan Baking Made Easy. The idea behind it was to veganize an old-fashioned pound cake. A traditional pound cake was so called because it was made with a pound of butter, a pound of eggs, a pound of sugar and a pound of flour. It has more dense texture and is great to have with afternoon tea.

This recipe is a vegan version of that, and this variation combines orange and tart dried cranberries for a real pop.

Orange Cranberry Loaf

Vegan Orange Cranberry Loaf

Rebecca Coleman
A pound-cake like loaf made vegan, and with the added flavors of orange and cranberry.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Canadian
Servings 6


  • stand mixer or hand beater


  • 1 cup vegan butter
  • 1 cup dairy free milk
  • 3 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice (about half an orange)
  • zest of one orange
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp applesauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 1/2 cups icing sugar


  • Preheat your oven to 350 and prepare a large loaf pan by lining it with parchment.
  • In the bowl of your stand mixer, add the vegan butter and the sugar and beat on low for about 3-5 minutes, until very fluffy.
  • While the butter and sugar are beating, in a small bowl, add the non dairy milk and the orange juice and mix them well together. Set aside. Reserve a tablespoon or two of the orange juice for the glaze later.
  • Once the butter and sugar mixture is fluffy and light, beat in the applesauce and the vanilla.
  • Combine the salt, baking powder and flour together in a separate bowl and mix.
  • Beat in the flour mixture in 2-3 batches, alternating with the milk mixture. Beat it only until the flour is just incorporated.
  • Fold in the dried cranberries.
  • Scrape the batter into the prepared loaf pan and smooth the top.
  • Bake in preheated oven for about 75-90 minutes, or until a skewer poked into the cake comes out clean.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pan.
  • Remove from the pan and place on a plate.
  • Place the icing sugar in a bowl, and add about a tablespoon of leftover orange juice to it. Mix well, adding more juice if needed, until the glaze has a ribbon texture. Drizzle this all over your finished cake, and zest some extra orange over the top if you like. Slice and serve.
Keyword vegan

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