Cranberry’s are such a wonderful holiday ingredient.  Using dried cranberries in the filling of this Cranberry Orange Bottom Bundt Cake Recipe is a great way to get the flavor I was going for without using fresh.  Although using fresh cranberries as garnish is always nice.  Keep scrolling to see how this bundt cake comes together.

Cranberry Orange Bottom Bundt Cake Recipe featured by top US dessert blog, Practically Homemade

I have talked about my trip with the kids to Maui before and how the flavors of cranberry and orange remind me of that time.  It was seriously the best 9 days ever!  

Cranberry Bliss bars at Starbucks were a staple and so every year I try to recreate it to bring back some of the awesome memories.  A wonderful reminder of a Christmas we will never forget.

I have made this cake just like I did my Black Bottom Bundt Cake.  I used a cake mix and a simple cheesecake filling.  It is easy and delicious!

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Cranberry Orange Bottom Bundt Cake Recipe featured by top US dessert blog, Practically Homemade

How to make a Cranberry Orange Bottom Bundt Cake

To make the cake batter use a yellow butter cake mix, melted butter, eggs, water and sour cream.  I always use a hand held mixer but you always mix it by hand.

Cranberry Orange Bottom Bundt Cake Recipe featured by top US dessert blog, Practically Homemade

Pour about 2/3 of the batter into your prepared bundt pan.  Keep the other 1/3 of the batter reserved for the top.

Cranberry Orange Bottom Bundt Cake Recipe featured by top US dessert blog, Practically Homemade

Cranberry Orange Bottom Bundt Cake Filling

The filling is softened cream cheese, sugar, an egg, orange juice, orange zest and dried cranberries.  

Begin by mixing together the cream cheese and sugar {I use a hand held mixer}.  Once it is smooth, add the egg and orange juice.  Combine and then add orange zest and cranberries.

Cranberry Orange Bottom Bundt Cake Recipe featured by top US dessert blog, Practically Homemade

Spoon the filling over the batter in the pan.  Leave a little bit of an edge on each side of the batter.  The goal is to create a pocket of cheesecake filling inside the cake.

Cranberry Orange Bottom Bundt Cake Recipe featured by top US dessert blog, Practically Homemade

Now use the reserved cake batter and cover the cheese cake filling.  Use a spoon or spatula to be sure it is completely covered.

Cranberry Orange Bottom Bundt Cake Recipe featured by top US dessert blog, Practically Homemade

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.  

Cranberry Orange Bottom Bundt Cake Recipe featured by top US dessert blog, Practically Homemade

Cool in the pan for 10 minutes before inverting it onto a cake plate to cool completely.

Cranberry Orange Bottom Bundt Cake Recipe featured by top US dessert blog, Practically Homemade

Now is time to add the icing on the cake…literally.  You can make your own, I have a recipe here but I like to use a can of cream cheese frosting.  You can put it into a microwave safe bowl or keep it in the original container {be sure to remove all of the foil} and microwave it for about 20-25 seconds.

It should be just soft enough to pour over the top of the cake or at least spoon over the top.

Cranberry Orange Bottom Bundt Cake Recipe featured by top US dessert blog, Practically Homemade

To keep the orange and cranberry theme going, add some orange zest to the icing.

Cranberry Orange Bottom Bundt Cake Recipe featured by top US dessert blog, Practically Homemade

Followed by some fresh cranberries.  Doesn’t it look gorgeous!

Cranberry Orange Bottom Bundt Cake Recipe featured by top US dessert blog, Practically Homemade

The best part is cutting the first slice.  You can see that the cheesecake mixture has settled to the bottom {now top} of the cake.

That is where all of the wonderful goodness lies.

Cranberry Orange Bottom Bundt Cake Recipe featured by top US dessert blog, Practically Homemade

This cake would be a perfect addition to your holiday table.  It is so festive and the flavors are spot on for this time of year.

The combination of moist cake and creamy cheesecake filling {that partially bakes into the cake} is special enough for any occasion but still simple enough for everyday.

I am sure you and your families will love it as much as we have.  Happy Holidays.

Cranberry Orange Bottom Bundt Cake Recipe featured by top US dessert blog, Practically Homemade

Do you like bundt cakes?  Try these recipes…

Cranberry Orange Bottom Bundt Cake Recipe

Moist yellow cake is filled with a cranberry and orange cheesecake mixture and topped with cream cheese icing for the perfect holiday dessert.

Course Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 10

Ingredients

Cake

  • 1 box yellow butter cake mix
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup butter {melted}
  • 3 eggs

Cream Cheese Filling

  • 8 oz. cream cheese {softened}
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp orange juice
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • zest 1 orange

Icing

  • 1 can prepared cream cheese frosting

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Spray bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray and flour.  Set aside.

  3. To prepare cake batter:  Combine cake mix, water, melted butter, eggs and sour cream to medium bowl and stir either by hand or with hand held mixer until well combined.  Pour 2/3 of prepared batter into greased bundt pan.

  4. To prepare the filling: combine softened cream cheese and sugar and.  Mix with wooden spoon or hand held mixer until creamy and smooth.  Add egg and orange juice and mix. Stir in dried cranberries and orange zest by hand.  Spoon filling over the middle section of cake batter in bundt pan {leaving some room between the filling and the edge of the pan on both sides} and top with remaining batter.  Use a spatula to completely cover filling with batter.

  5. Bake in preheated oven for 45-50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Cool in pan for 10 minutes and then invert onto cake plate and cool completely.

  6. Frosting:  Remove frosting from container and put into a microwave safe bowl.  Microwave on high for 20-25 seconds or until the frosting is thin enough to pour.  Using a spoon pour frosting over your bundt cake and serve or store in refrigerator until ready to use.

Recipe Notes

 You can keep the frosting in the container to microwave.  Just be sure to get all of the foil cover off before warming in microwave.