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Orange Cake

This Orange Cake is bursting with orange flavor from fresh orange juice and orange zest. It can be made without a mixer and comes together quickly. Top the cake off with a orange glaze for a delicious treat for breakfast or dessert.

The details

mixing the batter

This orange cake can be made without a mixer, and it can be mixed in just a few minutes. You’ll begin by adding the orange zest to the sugar. Using your fingers, rub the zest into the sugar. This releases the oils in the zest, which creates more flavor.

Next, you’ll add the fresh orange juice, melted butter, yogurt, eggs and vanilla and whisk to combine. Add in the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt and whisk just until combined. That’s it! Now it’s ready to bake!

Baking

Line a 9×5 loaf pan with parchment paper and spray with nonstick spray. I do both methods to ensure it doesn’t stick. What’s worse than putting in the effort only to have it stick to the pan!? Pour/scrape the batter into the prepared pan. Use a paring knife to make a slit down the center of the loaf.

Bake in preheated oven for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow to cool 15 minutes in pan, then remove and allow to fully cool on a wire cooling rack.

Add the icing and serve

Pour the icing over the cooled cake. The icing should be thicker and not too thin. You don’t want it to just fall off the cake. So, if needed add a touch more powdered sugar, if the icing seems too thin. Spread over loaf, then allow to set up for 30 minutes, before slicing.

If you make this orange cake, let me know what you thought below in the ratings and comments! Make sure you find me on instagram and youtube for the full baking video for this as well as some fun behind the scenes.

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Orange Cake


  • Author: Jolene
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 1 1x

Description

This Orange Cake is bursting with orange flavor from fresh orange juice and orange zest. It can be made without a mixer and comes together quickly. Top the cake off with a orange glaze for a delicious treat for breakfast or dessert.


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • Zest from 1 orange
  • 1 cup granulated sugar (200 grams)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted (115 grams)
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice (juice from two oranges)
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt (122 grams)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (8.5 grams)
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (300 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder (4 grams)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda (3 grams)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (3 grams)

Icing

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar (240 grams)
  • Juice from 1 orange (roughly 4 tablespoons)
  • Zest of 1/2 orange

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 9×5 loaf pan with parchment paper. Spray with nonstick cooking spray.

2. In a large bowl, add sugar and orange zest. Using your fingers, rub the zest into the sugar for a few minutes until combined.

3. Add in the melted butter, orange juice, yogurt, eggs and vanilla extract. Whisk to combine.

4. Add in flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk just until ingredients are combined.

5. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan. Using a knife, cut a line through the center of the loaf. Bake in preheated oven for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. If the loaf is getting too dark on top, you may tent a piece of aluminum foil and place it on top of the loaf pan. Allow to cool 15 minutes, then remove and allow to cool on wire cooling rack.

6. Make the icing. In a medium bowl, whisk together powdered sugar, orange juice and zest, until smooth and combined. If icing seems too thin, add a touch more powered sugar. You don’t want the icing to be too thin, otherwise it will just slide off the cake. Pour icing over cake. Let stand 30 minutes until set. Slice and enjoy! You may store leftover cake in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 50
  • Category: Breakfast/Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: orange cake, orange cake recipe, orange loaf cake

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2 Comments

    1. Marvy,

      That’s a great idea! I’m sure it can be! I would bake them at an oven temperature of 375F for 20-25 minutes. Since I have not personally tried these as muffins, I am unsure of the exact time they will be done, so check around the 20 minute mark with a toothpick. Hope that helps and I hope you enjoy!

      -Jolene

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