Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups, and level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a bowl, stirring well with a whisk.
Place granulated sugar and 12 tablespoons butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Add flour mixture and buttermilk alternately to butter mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture.
Combine dried cranberries and 1/2 cup orange juice in a microwave-safe dish. Microwave at HIGH for 1 minute; let stand 10 minutes. Fold cranberry mixture into batter.
Spoon batter evenly into prepared pans. Bake at 350° for 18 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in centers comes out with moist crumbs clinging. Cool 5 minutes in pans on a wire rack; remove from pans.
Combine powdered sugar, 1/4 cup fresh orange juice, melted butter, and grated orange rind, stirring until smooth. Dip tops of cooled cakes in glaze; let stand until set.
Dip & Swirl: For a glaze that completely covers the cakes, dip the tops into glaze and swirl them around a bit to make sure the glaze coats and sticks.
I was hesitant about 12 TBSP of butter. I made it anyway with 8 TBSP butter, add greek yogurt 4 TBSP, add 1TBSP orange zest. I followed the rest of the recipe . It turned out very good. Mild orange fragance, very moist and flavorful.
oh, Cooking Light, how you always have moist and delicious cakes!! I literally went out and bought a mini bundt pan based on seeing these in the December issue. I made the cranberry orange variety for the first time today and wow are they moist and delicious. I didn't have orange zest, so my icing could definitely use a little kick. I also added a cup of fresh cranberries to the batter and topped the icing with sprinkled crystalized ginger. I wanted to add the crystallized ginger into the batter but I forgot. Next time I definitely will. When I made these, I only got thirteen mini bundts, but this is my first time using the bundt pan and so I did have some extra on the bottoms of each one. I can't wait to use this next holiday season for gifts!!
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