What to do with all that Left-over cranberry sauce from thanksgiving... bake it into a cake!
It was Thanksgiving, you made the classic cranberry sauce. You love it, you know there are some others who love it too, so you make a whole bunch thinking you would be giving some away. But nobody took home any leftover turkey, so now you have a ton of cranberry sauce and no one to give it to, because nobody has any turkey to go with it! Well, that was my experience this thanksgiving (that, and I was trying to use up all the cranberries in my freezer). I made waaaay too much and needed some way to use it, besides the usual... In fact, I think I'll just need to make another turkey anyway to use it all up! haha.
Anywho, this is my little invention, Orange and Cranberry Cake, layered, with orange glaze and cranberry glaze and cranberry drizzle/piping on top. Enjoy!
Preheat Oven to 350 F
- Prep Time 40 minutes
- Cook Time 25 minutes
- Total Time 65 minutes
For the Cake:
All (wet&dry, but not the separated flavors, orange and cranberry) cake ingredient preparations have to be doubled. Dry ingredients and wet ingredients listed are the amounts needed for each cake, there are TWO different flavored cakes in this recipe!
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup sugar
Pinch of salt
3 tablespoons milk
1/2 cup oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the first tin, Orange Cake
3/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice from about 3 oranges
5-6 tablespoons orange zest from about 3 oranges
And for the second, Cranberry Cake...
1 cup cranberry sauce
You will have to keep in mind that the amounts in the directions above are the amounts for each cake, the ingredients have to be DOUBLED when getting the ingredients together because you will be make two different cakes! I just want to make it clear so the flavors don't get mixed (it would still be good, don't worry). See the Pictures if you get confused as to what I am referring to. There are two separate layers, and they complement each other.
Spray your 2 round cake tins, making sure the sides are paid attention to, and line the bottom on the tins with wax paper. Set aside.
Shave zest from 2 large oranges, set aside. Mix Wet Ingredients together in one bowl and Dry Ingredients together in another, keeping in mind you will be doing all of them separate (2 separate bowls of wet ingredients and 2 separate bowls of dry ingredients). Add Orange cake ingredients to one wet ingredient bowl and the Cranberry sauce, for the cake, in the other wet ingredient bowl. Add the contents of a dry ingredient bowl into each wet ingredient bowl, the orange and the cranberry. Once thoroughly mixed, pour into sprayed and lined round cake tins. Make sure cakes are even on top. If the oven is preheated, place your cakes in the oven and set the timer for 25 mins! If the cake is not quite done, you should set the timer for another 5 mins. after that and keep an eye on the cakes for those last 5 mins.
While your cake is cooking, check out the glaze recipes below, then get your butt back up here for the last steps.
When cakes are done, let them stand for 10 mins. then turn upside down and empty cake from pan, let the cakes cool for an additional 30 mins. before putting in fridge to cool longer (easier to cut in half).
Recipes for the Glazes:
1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
2-3 tablespoons fresh orange juice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup cranberry sauce, strained (no chunks)
1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
(Add extra powdered sugar to thicken in need be, but if you are having trouble thickening, add a little cornstarch. Remember though, it will thicken as it stands and a little cornstarch goes a long way!)
Wait to do the glazes until the cakes are almost done, that way the glaze doesn't set until it is on the cake. It will come out clumpy otherwise. Do cranberry glaze first, it will take a little while to strain the cranberry sauce and will take more time to set. When jelly is done on stove, cool to room temperature. Once it is not hot anymore, place in the fridge to finish setting. Its ok if it is a little too jelled, because you can (and I have) used it, or leftovers of it, to pipe over the cake! I put in a sandwich bag (or hey, if you are out, I bet you have a fruit/veggie bag from the store! That will do!) and cut the tip. I like to make tiny lines :] Note how mine looks, I did not chill the cranberry jelly (ran out of time!), so it did not come out of the bag as thick as it should and therefore it did not 'pipe' on, it jellied!
Cranberry glaze directions:
Strain cranberry sauce, you don't want any chunks for what we are going to do next (tiny lines!). Mix with powdered sugar, slowly, adding a little bit more powdered sugar and mixing until you use all 1 and 1/4 cup powdered sugar and it is smoooooth. If need be, you can cook the mixture to make it smoother/jelly more, or at least just sift the mixture through a strainer again after adding the powdered sugar. Set aside (and if you cooked it again, let cool, stirring occasionally).
For the orange glaze...
Mix all the wet ingredients together, then add the powdered sugar a little bit at a time until smooth.
Pour orange glaze over the top of the cranberry layers and the cranberry glaze over the orange. Stack the cake layers, making sure all remaining orange glaze is poured on top. Put all remaining cranberry glaze into bag and pipe in pattern over top.
Tip: If you want to make it look like more layers but don't want to make anymore cake, try slicing your cakes in half, horizontally, like I have. See Pictures. Enjoy!
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