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Best Easy Orange Cake (Juice and zest included )

An easy orange cake recipe bursting with citrus flavor and extra moist. All you need is a bowl, a whisk and 10 minutes of active time.

This orange cake is bursting with bright orange flavor thanks to using fresh orange juice, zest and orange glaze. All you need is a bowl, whisk and 10 minutes active time. Be sure to read through.

Next time try these rhubarb scones.

An orange cake slices and placed on a white platter with orange slices on top.
Orange cake is great for afternoon tea.
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A favorite tea time cake, that I’ve always relied on when I have unexpected guests. Finished off with a simple orange sugar glaze and ribbons of whipped cream for an elegant look. If you are looking for a more complex flavor profile, try this saffron infused orange cake, you will love it.

❓Why This Recipe Works

  • So simple and easy no especial equipment needed just a whisk and a bowl.
  • Finish it off with an orange simple syrup, blood orange glaze or even dust with powdered sugar.

This cake is a savior as it is very simple dump and mix kind of cakes. Make it in a loaf pan, a round cake pan or use mini loaf pans the choice in yours. I’ve made this cake in several occasions before and it never failed me, much like this marble chocolate cake.

Keeping the spirit of simplicity, I finished off the cake with simple orange sugar glaze and some orange slices. You can use this light cream cheese and yogurt frosting if you would like to.

📝 Recipe Ingredients

I highly recommend using fresh oranges for this cake.

🥄 Instructions

Note: This is an overview of the instructions. The detailed instructions are in the recipe card below.

A collage of 6 images showing how to make amazing orange juice cake.
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine all wet cake ingredients and sugar.
  2. Mix everything well with a whisk.
  3. Sift flour and baking powder over the wet ingredients.
  4. Mix well using the whisk.
  5. Pour into a prepared loaf pan and bake until done. Take out and let it cool down on a wire rack.
  6. In a small bowl, combine powdered sugar and orange juice then pour the glaze over the cake. Garnish with some whipped cream ribbons and orange slices.

💡 Tips

  • I used to use ½ cup oil and ¼ cup sour cream in making this recipe. Sour cream adds richness and moistness to the cake. But, many of you expressed that they do not usually use sour cream so I’ve made it entirely with oil.
  • Oils to use, I actually used to make this cake with canola or vegetable oil. Looking for a healthier options I used avocado oil this time, this is healthier but for sure not the most economical one. I do not recommend using extra version olive oil or coconut oil as they both will affect the taste of the cake.
  • You can use butter instead of oil, cake will still be tasty but not as moist.
  • This cake keeps well on the counter for 3 days, in the fridge for 10 days and can be frozen for up to 2 months. If you decided to make a cream cheese frosting then you’ll have to refrigerate the cake.
  • If egg free baking is your style check out these vegan egg substitute for baking.

👩‍🍳 Variations

  • Change cake topping and you will have a new cake each time. Try topping your cake with crushed nuts like pistachios or almond slices.
  • Try some fresh edible flowers especially in spring.
  • Candied orange peel or simply dust with some powdered sugar.
  • Adding blood oranges makes everyone excited.

I’ve been making this cake on several occasions and it served me well. I served it plain, dusted with powdered sugar, made a simple orange sugar glaze or this cream cheese yogurt frosting. It is so good in all forms.

A close up look at a slice of orange cake placed on a white plate.
Easy, quick and prefect orange cake for any occasion.

Storage

Refrigerate leftover in an airtight container, should keep well for a week.

  • Jello desserts are one of those things that everyone loves especially in parties and holidays, try this Jello mold recipe, so fun and easy to make.
  • Light and fluffy pistachio muffins are so simple to make and taste great with a cup of coffee!
  • Revani is a classic Mediterranean semolina cake drenched in lemon infused simple syrup and topped with coconut flakes.
  • This date cake is a modern spin on my grandmas’ version of date cake. Hers was really great, but this one is awesome!

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An orange cake slices and placed on a white platter with orange slices on top.

Orange Loaf Cake

An easy orange cake recipe bursting with citrus flavor and extra moist. All you need is a bowl, a whisk and 10 minutes of active time.

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Course: cakes, Dessert

Cuisine: American

Diet: Halal

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Servings: 12 slices

Calories: 296kcal

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F.

  • In a deep bowl, add the first 6 ingredients and whisk to combine.

  • Sift flour and baking powder over the wet ingredients.

  • Whisk dry ingredients into wet ingredients until smooth.

  • Pour batter into a prepared loaf tin.

  • Bake in the middle rack for 40 – 50 minutes until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

  • Let it cool completely.

Make the glaze:

  • Place ingredients in a bowl and whisk until smooth.

  • Place the cake on a rack then place on a baking sheet.

  • Pour glaze over the cake and decorate with some orange slices.

Notes

  1. I used to use ½ cup oil and ¼ cup sour cream in making this recipe. Sour cream adds richness and moistness to the cake. But, many of you expressed that they do not usually use sour cream so I’ve made it entirely with oil.
  2. Oils to use, I actually used to make this cake with canola or vegetable oil. Looking for a healthier option I used avocado oil this time, this is healthier but for sure not the most economical one. I do not recommend using extra version olive oil or coconut oil as they both will affect the taste of the cake.
  3. You can use butter instead of oil, cake will still be tasty but not as moist.
  4. Add extra orange zest if you would like to for more orange flavor if you feel this is not enough for your taste.
  5. Using fresh oranges is highly recommended.
  6. The glaze here is more of a light syrup consistency and not as thick because we did not appreciate a thicker one. You can double the powdered sugar in the glaze to get a thicker consistency.
  7. I added some whipping cream white ribbons on the cake just for extra decorations. You do not need to do this.
  8. This cake keeps well on the counter for 3 days, in the fridge for 10 days and can be frozen for up to 2 months. If you decided to make a cream cheese frosting then you’ll have to refrigerate the cake.

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Nutrition

Calories: 296kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 87mg | Potassium: 87mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 109IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 1mg

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First published Dec 17, 2014 . Last updated December 23, 2022 with important tips, clear step by step instructions and readability.

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