Orange-Cranberry-Date Pumpkin Cake

Prep Time
Cook Time
1h 20m
Ready In

"Try this soft fruity pumpkin cake. This is a recipe I came up with for a recipe contest. When I saw the contest ingredients that could be used in baked goods, orange and pumpkin immediately came to mind to tie them all together. What I came up with is extra special for you to bake and give to family and friends during the Holidays. You can easily make this in 12 muffin tins or double it in a bundt pan. For gift giving, mini loaf pans are nice. I’m giving you a choice of 3 delicious toppings: dust with confectioner’s sugar, frost it with neufchatel frosting or ice it with white chocolate icing. Or you can make multiple loafs and try all 3! This gets even better after it sits for a couple of days, the spice and orange flavors come out more."

Original recipe yields 8 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (168.8 g)
  • Calories 491.9
  • Total Fat - 16.7 g
  • Saturated Fat - 4.7 g
  • Cholesterol - 52.3 mg
  • Sodium - 406.8 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 80.8 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 4.3 g
  • Sugars - 56.2 g
  • Protein - 7.1 g
  • Calcium - 87.5 mg
  • Iron - 2.2 mg
  • Vitamin C - 6 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°F Grease a loaf pan.

Step 2

In a large bowl, beat together pumpkin, eggs, oil, vanilla, sugars, orange zest and grated ginger. Be sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl.

Step 3

In a small bowl, whisk dry ingredients together. Beat into wet mixture until well combined. Be sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl.

Step 4

Stir in cranberries, dates, and pecans, if desired.

Step 5

Pour into greased loaf pan and bake for 60-70 minutes, until tests clean. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes and then loosen edges with a butter knife and turn out onto a cooling rack. To serve: Dust cooled cake with powdered sugar or frost with frosting or drizzle with icing.

Step 6

Optional Frosting: Cream neufchatel and butter together. Beat in vanilla, orange zest and nutmeg. Beat in confectioner’s sugar until right consistency is reached. Add orange juice if it becomes too thick. Frost cake with frosting and sprinkle pecans over the frosting, if desired. You can also cut the loaf in half and frost in between layers.

Step 7

Optional Icing: In a 1-2 cup pyrex, melt butter and white chocolate chips in the microwave for 60 seconds. Stir until smooth with a fork. Stir in nutmeg and orange zest. Stir in milk and confectioner’s sugar until smooth. Drizzle over cake.

Step 8

Wrap cooled loaf with plastic wrap or foil and store at room temperature or refrigerate. Refrigerate if frosted or iced. To freeze: Wrap cooled loaf tightly with plastic wrap or foil and place in a Ziploc bag and freeze it for gift giving at a later date. If you frost or ice it, you can put it on a cookie sheet and freeze it until firm, then wrap it and place in a Ziploc bag.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



These are delightfully moist and have the perfect amount of spices! I made muffins and baked them 20 minutes. Used fresh ginger and left out the ground. Put in the full half cup of the dates, cranberries and pecans. Let them sit for 24 hours before eating and they were a loved by all! Thanks T for another sure to make again recipe! Made for Billboard Recipe Tag.

review by:
(22 Nov 2012)


Thoroughly enjoyed making this cake, & will certainly make it again, 'cause a copy of the recipe is now in my KEEPER FILE! I did use 1/2 cup of sugar, along with 2 tablespoons of orange zest, AND 1/2 a cup each of the cranberries, dates & nuts, 'cause I wanted it a fruity as I could get it! And then, I didn't frost it, at least not this time, but we were very, very pleased with the results! Absolutely wonderful cake! Thanks for sharing it with us!

review by:
(12 Jan 2012)