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Cranberry Orange Cornmeal Pound Cake

Cranberry Orange Cornmeal Pound Cake is a perfect holiday dessert. It’s a twist on your average pound cake, made with cornmeal, buttermilk, and orange zest.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10
Calories: 395kcal
Author: Sandra


  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup orange zest save orange for juicing

Cream Cheese Glaze

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 2 teaspoons milk
  • 1 orange, juiced


  • dried cranberries
  • orange slices


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In the bowl of your mixer, add butter, sugar, and cream on high speed for 3-4 minutes until light and fluffy.
  • Turn mixer down to medium speed and add in eggs and egg yolk one at a time beating after each incorporation.
  • Next, turn mixer down to low speed and add in cornmeal, flour, and baking soda until well blended into batter.
  • Add buttermilk and vanilla extract and continue to mix until batter is smooth and well incorporated.
  • Spray a loaf sized baking pan with non-stick baking spray.
  • Add batter to loaf pan and bake in oven for 30-40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean.
  • Take loaf pan from oven and cool for 10 minutes, while making glaze.


  • Place powdered sugar and cream cheese in a bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended. 
  • Beat in 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Add orange juice, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating well after each addition. 
  • Drizzle warm cake with glaze. 
  • Cool completely on wire rack. Garnish with cranberries and orange sections, if desired. Serve, and enjoy!


Recipe adapted from Grandbaby Cakes Cornmeal Pound Cake Cream Cheese Glaze from MyRecipes.com


Calories: 395kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 96mg | Potassium: 133mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin A: 620IU | Vitamin C: 10.2mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 1.1mg