Cranberry Walnut Pound Cake

Recipe courtesy of Lisa Sheldon, Olive Oil Baking (Turner Publishing, 2007)

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  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup California Olive Ranch extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup non-fat or low-fat sour cream or yogurt
  • ½ cup finely chopped walnuts
  • ¾ cup fresh cranberries, finely chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Generously coat a Bundt pan with cooking spray or oil.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the eggs with a handheld mixer until light and slightly increased in volume. Add the sugar slowly while continuing to beat. The mixture will become light and fluffy.
  4. Add the California Olive Ranch extra virgin olive oil and vanilla extract and beat another 2 minutes. Alternately add the dry ingredients and the sour cream to the batter, beating between additions. Gently fold in the chopped nuts and cranberries. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan.
  5. Bake at 350°F for 60-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Then invert the pan onto rack to remove and cool completely.


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