Tasty Orange Cake

Winter is the time to enjoy citrus fruits. Oranges ripen starting in November (depending on the kind of orange) through May.  Lots of us enjoy orange juice for taste and for health benefits with its vitamin C.  Today let’s discuss a sweet treat of orange cake made with orange juice and zest.  With one large orange and one medium orange, you can have the zest and juice to add lots of delicate flavor to a white cake and butter cream icing.  The cake is really wonderful plain too if you want cut some calories. If you ice the cake, I’d suggest you add some orange segments as decorations. Even orange slices  look great.




Orange Cake


Makes two 8 inch layers of cake. Use organic when available.




Orange Cake

A delicious orange cake with the taste of sunshine on a dreary winter day. It makes two 8 inch layers of cake.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cake, orange cake, oranges
Servings 10 servings



  • 2 cups flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs beaten
  • zest from one large orange


  • 1 stick of butter room temperature (1/2 cup or 4 oz)
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • juice from medium orange
  • zest from medium orange
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C)
  • Grease and flour two 8-inch round cake pans
  • In small bowl combine milk, 1/2 cup orange juice, oil, beaten eggs, and orange zest. Set aside
  • In large bowl sift flour, salt and baking powder 
  • Mix in sugar
  • Make a well in the center and pour in the milk mixture
  • Stir until thoroughly combined
  • Pour batter into the 2 prepared pans
  • Bake for 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean
  • Remove cake from oven and cool


  • If frosting cake, cream butter until smooth
  • Gradually beat in confectioner's sugar
  • Beat until light and fluffy
  • Add orange juice a little at a time until you reach spreading consistency
  • Stir in vanilla extract and orange zest
  • Spread icing on cake
  • Optional Place iced cake in refrigerator and serve later cold













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I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

33 thoughts to “Tasty Orange Cake”

  1. Orange cake is actually my favorite kind of cake. This looks delicious! My youngest son used to make me orange cake for my birthday. Maybe if I gave him this recipe, he would do it again! I am on a no-sugar diet, but I splurge every once in a while.

  2. That sounds delicious! My husband’s grandparents used to send us large bags of oranges from Florida each winter and I just loved how juicy and tasty they were! Pinned.

    1. I’m sorry about the measurement – I just added it to the recipe. 1 stick of butter is 1/2 cup or 4 oz.

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