Devine Orange Cake Recipe


This orange cake recipe will become your absolute favorite. Try filling it with the white chocolate butter icing recipe and fresh or frozen raspberries.

There is a SURPRISE recipe at the bottom of the page for you that uses the entire orange. A testimonial to this delectable combination.

"I would first like to thank you for your heavenly recipe. I made this cake and used the white chocolate Italian meringue buttercream in between with the raspberries for my in-laws recent 50th Wedding Anniversary cake.
Thanks for your advice throughout this whole daunting process.
Best Wishes."

Recipe Directions

Orange zest and fresh squeezed orange juiceFreshly squeezed and zested

The video below takes you step-by-step through the mixing and baking of the orange cake recipe. The steps are also written out for you here. It will fill two 8" or 9" layer pans. For your larger cakes multiply the recipe.

The recipe is the same as the White Cake except that you substitute the milk for orange juice and use the zest of the orange for flavoring. (optional) Triple Sec is then sprinkled or brushed onto each layer for more delicious flavor on these gourmet cakes.

Surprise Dark Orange Cake Recipe

This particular recipe is one that I make for family and friends. You use the entire orange, seeds, skin and all. It is an unusual cake but amazingly delicious and is from Food Editors Favorites a book that was put together to benefit MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving)These would make excellent cupcake wedding cakes.

Dark orange cake recipe cupcakes

The recipe was invented by Terry Hopkins of Oreas Island Washington and won a local dairy recipe contest.

This unique orange cake recipe would make a nice wedding favor for guests at a wedding. Bake mini loaves, wrap them in pretty paper with ribbon and attach the recipe to it.

You may want to make it in a 13x9x2 inch pan and take it to your next family picnic or gathering.

  • Prepare you pans by greasing and flouring them.
  • In a large bowl of an electric mixer, cream 1 cup of sugar, 1/2 cup of butter and 2 eggs. Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla.
  • In another bowl stir together 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, 1 teaspoon of baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
  • Add flour mixture alternately with 1 cup of buttermilk to the creamed mixture, stirring well after each addition.
  • In a food processor or grinder, finely grind 1 cup of raisins, 1 cup of walnuts, and 1 whole orange,(cut into chunks) peel and all.
  • Reserve 2 Tablespoons of this mixture for the frosting.
  • Add the remaining orange mixture to the batter.
  • Spread the batter in prepared pan or pans. Bake in a pre-heated 335-350 oven for 40-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  • Cool in the pan on a rack.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the orange frosting. In a medium bowl, beat 2 cups of confectioner's sugar, 2 Tablespoons of butter and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Add enough sour cream (2-3 Tablespoons) to achieve spreading consistency. Stir in the reserved orange, raisin and nut mixture.

Spread frosting on the cooled cake. You will really ENJOY this!!!

Luscious Raspberry and White Chocolate Filling

slice of orange cake
slice of orange cake

My White Chocolate Butter Icing Recipe combined with orange cake and fresh or individually frozen raspberries is simply divine. I call it White Chocolate Raspberry Supreme. Seriously, this is one of the best combinations. Sprinkle Triple Sec over each layer of cake to bring it up a notch.

The filling for the orange cake recipe at the top of this page (or at least the one I use the most) is simply buttercream icing with melted white chocolate mixed in (to taste), vanilla and fresh raspberries.

There are two buttercream recipes on this site. The easy version or the Italian meringue buttercream version.Both links are below.

Fondant made with white chocolate would compliment this orange cake recipe beautifully.

Q&A  About Batter Amounts for the orange cake recipe

"First of all, I have to tell you that I've just stumbled across your site while searching for scratch recipes for a 12x18 sheet cake recipe. This is the most awesome site ever!"

I just ordered a Fat Dadios 12x18x3 sheet cake pan. It was a bit pricey but I wanted a 3-in so I would only have to bake one cake in order to achieve the height I'm looking for. Also wanted a sheet cake with the nice square corners.

 So, I like the recipe you posted for the orange sheet cake and I saw where you suggested it be quadrupled for a 12x18x2. My question is do you make each batch separately and then combine it?

And I was also looking at the Italian Meringue recipe where you suggest halving it. But the recipe calls for 9 egg whites so how many do you use if you are halving it? Would 4 be okay? I've never used half of an egg. Thank You!!

Hi Ashley, Thanks for the wonderful comment about the site. I'm glad you stumbled upon it. The orange cake is one of my all time favorites, you will love it.

Yes you can make several batches and then combine them in one large bowl before pouring the batter into your pan. If you are going to bake the cake in one piece and then slice it for filling, be careful not to overfill it. In general fill only to 2/3 full, otherwise it will be too heavy and not bake properly.

For the Italian meringue question, yes you can use 4 or 5 eggs when you halve it. I usually do the 5. Good luck with your sheet cake. Please let us know how it goes. You can send a photo via another form with a couple of paragraphs about your cake.
 Thanks for visiting and asking your batter for
a two layer sheet cake question.

Easy Buttercream

Easy buttercream recipe clickable link

Italian Meringue

Italian meringue buttercream recipe clickable link

All of the above recipes make delightful gourmet cakes and would be especially appropriate for cupcake wedding cakes.

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