Easy Orange Cake

Easy as…cake?  This recipe will make you think so!  I got this idea off of an Australian baking blog I follow and I couldn’t wait to try it out!  The recipe was in metric form originally, since 98% of the world uses it and all, so learning to convert it into US measurements was quite an adventure!  I guess it will be pretty helpful though in the long run.  Anyway, this cake is exploding with orange flavor!  I love that it utilizes every part of the star ingredient…the humble orange (except for the seeds and pulp)…because it makes you feel like you are really being resourceful :).  I also candied the extra orange rind (which I didn’t julianne thin enough) in a simple syrup and tossed it in castor sugar for a fun final touch.  You should probably expect to drool for the hour and twenty minutes this cake is in the oven too, because it smells like you’re baking a dreamsicle.  Well, that’s it for me!  Happy baking everyone!

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 baking soda
  • 3 eggs
  • 1.5 cups castor sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature, cubed
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • Finely grated zest of 3 oranges
  • 3 tbsp orange extract (optional)
  • Juice of 3 oranges
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.  Butter and flour a bundt pan.  Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, salt, and baking soda.  Set aside.
  3. The bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter.  Slowly add sugar and mix until combined.  Add eggs, one at a time and mix until smooth.
  4. Add buttermilk, juice, and zest.
  5. Add dry ingredients, little by little, to wet ingredients and mix until just combined.  Be careful not to overmix the batter at this point.
  6. Pour into bundt pan and smooth top of batter with a spatula.  Bake for about 1 hour and 20 minutes, or until golden brown.

For the orange glaze:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 tbsp. orange juice
  • Zest from 1 orange
  1. Combine all three ingredients with a whisk, add more or less until a runny consistency is reached.  Pour over cake and let set.  (I did this step 3 times to have a layered look.)

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