Easy orange cake recipe

 This is the cake I made last night and look! There's some left! Which is really saying something because as Henry and Adam (OK and me) were busy polishing it off today and I mentioned I'd like a piece left over for a photo, Adam (with a mouthful) optimistically suggested I make a fresh one. Whole cakes photograph better and all that.

I tell you, it's a winner. And super quick and easy.

It's basically a simple butter cake with fresh orange juice instead of milk and a bit of zest. And a smear of white chocolate icing. Yum.

Easy Orange Cake

125g butter, softened

1 cup white sugar

2 eggs

2 cups self raising flour

Zest and juice of 2 oranges (need about 1 cup juice)

Preheat oven to 180°

Cream the butter and the sugar. Beat in the eggs one by one. Stir in one cup of flour. Then half your orange juice. Then the rest of flour then rest of juice. Stir through the zest.

Pop it into a standard size cake tin – I used a ring tin – and bake for half an hour or until golden and springy to touch.

Turn out onto cake rack to cool and then ice. Or just sprinkle it with icing sugar. Or just eat it. 

ICING (I learnt this from my friend Anita)

Melt 1 cup of white chocolate buttons. Stir into the melted chocolate about quarter of a cup of milk (to make liquid) and then add this choc mix in dribs and drabs to approx 2 cups of icing sugar until it's the right consistency. (If you add it all in at once it may be too runny, depending on your chocolate.)


Happy Friday!


10 Comments on “Easy orange cake recipe

The Cooking Ninja
March 5, 2010 at 10:37 pm

ooooh…that looks yummy. Wish I can have a slice of it. I love orange cake but apparently this love is not shared by my hub and poppet. 🙁

March 7, 2010 at 11:53 pm

Hi Fiona:) I love orange cake and will be putting this on my baking list for this week:) Thanks so much for sharing this recipe! Can’t wait to try it. ~ Tina x

March 8, 2010 at 7:28 pm

Oh, yummy! I love the sound of that icing too.

June 28, 2010 at 6:49 pm

Hi Fiona
That looks great! I just made a mandarin cake (was going to be orange but the orange I cut open had a big black patch in the middle!) and it was the easiest cake I’ve ever made. You just throw a whole orange (or 2 mandarins) into a food processer then add 180g melted butter, 3 eggs, cup of caster sugar and a cup and a half of self raising flour and process again until combined, then put in the oven at 180degrees for 40 minutes. So simple! No need to zest, juice, cut or do anything to the orange (oh just make sure its washed well first).
Thanks for another great post. I’ve been silently stalking your blog for a while now but wanted to get a bit more active in the blogging community and have started my own blog to document my journey to simple living, check it out if you have time, any feedback would be much appreciated!

September 2, 2011 at 6:33 pm

I just made this for my office – in London (England) inculding the white choc icing. It’s gone down a storm, they said it’s the best cake I’ve ever made them. So thanks for leaving this lying around on Google for me to find! 😉

Karen Mallam
November 14, 2011 at 6:00 pm

Oh Fiona…just had a unmitigated orange cake disaster!!!!! Despite buttering and flouring the non stick pan ( why do manufacturers make these damn promises!!!) it stuck dreadfully. Patched it back together as best I could but fell apart again when I tried (unsuccessfully ) to ice it.
It is now in many crumbs all over my bench…but the crumbs are very yummy!!!

November 14, 2011 at 10:42 pm

Oh NO!!! Did you line the pan with baking paper?! Must grease, flour line, even non stick (stoopid non stick!!!) Im so sorry xx

August 13, 2012 at 11:39 am

Thanks for this Fiona! We have a glut of homegrown oranges at the moment and this was a great way to use some!

Karen, I find silicon bakeware is fantastic for preventing cakes from sticking – I know not everyone loves silicon bakeware but I am a definite convert!



September 19, 2012 at 12:26 pm

I have made this cake twice this week! Everyone loves it, thanks for a great simple recipe x

April 7, 2014 at 4:15 am

How much butter in sticks or tablespoons ? Grams is not in my vocabulary . Sounds terrific …..


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