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Orange Cranberry Chocolate Cake

Orange Cranberry Chocolate Cake - easy chocolate cake packed with my favorite fruits of the season: cranberries and orange! This dairy-free, vegan cake will easily become your favorite!

This recipe makes 12 pieces.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cake
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 12 people
Calories 214 kcal
Author Anna


  • 1.5 c all-purpose flour
  • 1 c granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/3 c unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 c vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 c water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider or red wine vinegar
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries (see note)
  • 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour , for coating berries
  • juice of half of orange
  • zest of one orange
  • powdered sugar for dusting
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  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line a 8"x8" square pan with parchment paper. Grease the paper. Set aside.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, soda, salt and cocoa).
  4. Pour orange juice into a measuing cup. Add enough water to make 1 cup of liquid.
  5. In another mixing bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients (oil, water with orange juice, vanilla and vinegar).
  6. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and whisk together until smooth.
  7. Add orange zest and mix well.
  8. Pour the batter into prepared pan.
  9. Toss cranberries with two teaspoons of flour. Arrange on top of the batter. Gently press into the batter but do not cover.
  10. Bake for 30 to 33 minutes, OR until the toothpick inserted into few place in the cake comes out clean. (Out of toothpicks? Use an uncooked spaghetti noodle!)
  11. Cool in pan for 2 minutes. Transfer onto a cooling rack to cool completely before dusting with powdered sugar.

Recipe Notes

*If using frozen cranberries, place them in a heat-proof dish, pour the freshly squeezed orange juice over the berries and microwave for 20 seconds. Gently mash the berries so they will release the juice. Drain the berries, reserving the juice.

Nutrition Facts
Orange Cranberry Chocolate Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 214 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Sodium 300mg13%
Potassium 60mg2%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 5IU0%
Vitamin C 1.1mg1%
Calcium 5mg1%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.