This simple orange cake recipe is moist and delicious. An easy recipe that takes just 10 minutes to prep and 20 minutes to bake. Delicious on its own but even better when filled and frosted for a celebration. Perfect to cover with fondant or stacked for tiered cakes.
Ingredients and substitutes
- Oranges - When making cakes and desserts, it is best to use fresh orange juice and zest for maximum flavor.
- Flour - I like cake flour for this recipe becuase it lends a wonderful soft cake with a tender crumb. If you do not have cake flour you can make your own cake flour subsitute
- Sour cream - while Greek yogurt is a great substitue for sour cream, you can aso make your own at home.
- Vanilla - I think vanilla bean paste is perfect to use for this cake but you can certainly use vanilla extract or subsitute some of the sugar for vanilla sugar.
- Fat - a combination of butter and oil makes this cake stable as well as light and airy.
Frequently asked questions
Unfrosted this cake will keep at room temperature for 3 to 4 days. Well wrapped in the fridge it will keep for a week. It can also be frozen for up to a month. Once frosted, it will keep at room temperature for 2 to 3 days. In the fridge for a week and can be frozen for up to a month.
If you can't use a cake immediately, I always recommend freezing rather than chilling. I find the freeze does a better job of locking in moisture as compared to the fridge.
Wrap the cake well in plastic wrap, then in parchment paper. If you plan to freeze it for longer, wrap it in aluminum foil again. The parchment will prevent freezer burns while the aluminum will keep the smell of other foods from getting into the cake.
Absolutely! the recipe card below will calculate this recipe from 6 to 16 inches for you. Just use the automatic calculator below
1 x makes 2 x 6-inch round cakes
2x makes 2 x 8-inch round cakes
3x makes 2 - 10 inch round cakes
4x makes 2 x 12 inch round cakes, etc
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Please note the values - 1x= 6-inch cake, 2x =8-inch cake, 3x =10 inch cake, etc,
- ¼ cup (60 g) Butter
- ¼ cup (60 ml) Cooking oil
- 1 cup (200 g) Sugar
- 2 cups (250 g) All-Purpose Flour
- 1 Eggs
- 1 tsp Baking powder
- 1 tsp Baking soda
- ½ tsp Salt
- ½ ml (120 ml) Orange Juice
- 1 tsp Orange zest
- ½ tsp Orange extract
- ½ tsp Vanilla extract
- 1 cup (227 g) Butter unsalted, room temperature
- 4 cups (480 g) Powdered sugar
- ¼ cup (60 ml) Orange juice
- ¼ tsp Salt
- ½ tsp Vanilla extract
- ¼ cup (50 g) Sugar
- 1 cup (240 ml) Orange juice
- 1 tsp Lemon juice
- Preheat the oven to 325°F /165°C/ Gas Mark - 3
- Dry ingredients - Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the butter, sugar, and oil. Whip for 2 to 3 minutes until light and fluffy.
- Next add the eggs, one at a time. Followed by the vanilla bean paste or extract. Pro tip- adding eggs one at a time will prevent the eggs from curdling. If the batter does curdle just add a tablespoon of flour to help stabilize it.
- Next, add the flour and sour cream in three batches. Combine well but do not over mix. Pro tip - we do not want to activate the gluten in the flour so work gently once you add the flour.
- Pour the cake batter into the prepared cake pans. Bake on the middle rack for 20 to 25 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean. Pro tip - using baking/ cake strips for your pans will prevent a dome and excess caramelization around the edges which looks better for layer cakes.
- Cool in the pan for 10 minutes then invert onto a cooling rack to cool completely. Pro tip - always cool cakes completely before decorating otherwise the frosting will melt on warm cakes.
- In the bow of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the butter until light and fluffy.
- Then, add the salt, and powdered sugar one cup at a time. Once all the powdered sugar is in add the orange juice and vanilla extract
- Continue to whip for 2 to 3 minutes until the buttercream is pale but light and fluffy.
- Place the first layer on the cake board or cake stand. Add a dollop of buttercream and spread evenly with an offset spatula. Then, place the second layer on top. Chill the cake for 15 minutes. Pro tip - chilling the cake will help hold the two layers together and prevent them from moving while frosting the outside.
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