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Best Orange Cake Ever

A moist and mouth-watering orange cake that will make you reach for the second slice in seconds! I have had many orange cakes before, but this orange cake recipe stands out, and it’s for a good reason. The orange flavor is perfect, and the cake batter comes together so quickly!

Orange cake freshly baked and sliced.

How to make the perfect orange cake?

Before telling you how to make this awesome orange cake, there are a few things that you have to keep in mind. Measure the ingredients properly and as per the recipe below. Adding more liquid or using large eggs instead of medium size eggs will change the texture of the cake.

Also, make sure that your oven is preheated.

The ingredients are simple, eggs, orange, milk, sugar, flour, baking powder, oil, butter, and salt. Taste the orange juice before adding it to the batter. Sometimes the orange will look good, but it will taste bitter if it was left outside for long, so it’s better to taste the orange before using it in this recipe.

In a bowl, sift all the dry ingredients except the sugar, this makes the orange cake crumbs tender, and the batter will have fewer lumps.

In a different bowl, add the oil, butter, and sugar and beat well, then add the eggs, one at a time and beat until the eggs are combined. Then, add the milk and the orange juice and the orange zest and mix well.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix well. Pour the batter in the prepared baking pan and bake in the middle shelve of the oven for 40 to 45 minutes.

The cake is ready when golden, and a skewer inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean.

Close up image of moist orange cake showing tender crumbs.

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What flour to use when making an orange cake?

I have used all purpose flour, and I prefer to use it in most of my baking. If you want lighter cake, then use cake flour or even its substitute.

Can I use bottled orange juice instead of fresh juice?

I wouldn’t use a bottled orange juice; I’m not sure what ingredients are added to it and how it will react to the other ingredients in the orange cake batter. I would say, stick with fresh orange juice.

Orange cake loaf topped with candid orange.

Can I make cupcakes from this batter?

Yes! This cake batter is perfect to use as cupcakes and is good to use as a layered cake with frosting. This orange cake is moist and while frosting you will have crumbs on the frosting, so make sure to make the first layer of frosting that’s thin, then refrigerate the cake for 10 minutes, then add a second layer of frosting on the cake.

Can I use oil only in this cake recipe?

Yes, but having butter and oil in the batter gives you the best of both worlds, moist cake because of the oil, and more flavor coming from the butter.

Side click of orange cake freshly baked.

More Amazing Cake Recipes You Should Try

Red Velvet Cake.

Egg Free Chocolate Cake.

Moist Marble Cake.

Marble Pound Cake.

This post was originally posted on Jan 2011, I have updated the post by editing the text and adding new images.

Best Orange Cake Ever, this cake is everything you wanted in an orange cake and more! It’s moist, delicious, and comes together quick. A crowd pleaser and an impressive cake.

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  2. Looks amazingly moist.. have to try it out..

  3. Looks so delicious and moist! I love orange cakes!

  4. It’s so delicious I did put 1/2 cup of butter and took off the oil and added 1/4 cup of orange juice and decreased milk to 1/4 cup

    • Arinacooking

      That sounds good Rana, I will try it your way too in the future. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  5. Best! Made last night was delicious

  6. No glaze??

  7. This is a great recipe. I’ve made it twice now and it is wonderful.

  8. 1st trial and was perfect.
    Everyone enjoyed

  9. hi muna! is it ok tu use buttermilk instead of milk?

  10. Would a springform pan work? Just not sure which size. Also would blood orange infused olive oil in place of oil? This cake looks delicious I’ll have 2 run out for medium eggs afraid 2 use large thank u

    • Arinacooking

      Hi, a 9″ inch spring for pan should be fine, the cooking time might change so keep an eye on the cake. I’m not sure how the cake will taste using infused olive oil, but if you try and it comes out good, please let me and my reader know in the comment section 🙂

  11. This cake is so moist and delicious! I wouldn’t change a thing about the recipe – thank you so much for posting it! I’m looking forward to checking out your other recipes, too.

    • Arinacooking

      Hi Megan, Thank you so much for trying this recipe, it is one of my favorite too. Glad you’ve liked it 🙂

  12. Hi Muna, cake looks great! Getting recipe ready. I have only large eggs. Do you think it will work using 2 large eggs?

  13. Francene

    Just made it! Delish! Used a glass loaf pan. Rised nicely. Cake was very tender, moist and crumbly as Muna mentioned. The only difference I did was used 2 large eggs. I didn’t have medium size eggs at home. Thank you Muna for sharing this tasty recipe and keeping me busy during the COVID stay at home rule. This is a keeper.

    • Arinacooking

      Hi Francene, I’m glad that using large eggs worked well in this recipe, I’m sure my readers will appreciate this info :). Thanks for your kind words!

  14. Thank you so much for the delicious recipe…I am trying cup cakes and hope they come out! 😊

  15. Hi just wanted to say that I made this orange cake 4 times already and OMG it is indeed the best cake EVER!!! Thank you for the recipe. My mom loves when I bring it over to her.
    Thank you.

  16. when to put orange slices on top of the cake?

    • Arinacooking

      The orange slices are for decoration purpose so you place it on the cake after it reaches room temperature.

      • Hi! Can I omit the milk or replace it with something else….. Will the cake taste the same if I do that? Thanks.

        • Arinacooking

          Hi, other dairy products you can use are yogurt, sour cream, or buttermilk. In case you are using sour cream or yogurt, use 1/4 cup. If you are using buttermilk and keep the measurement the same as 1/2 a cup. If you are looking for a non-dairy substitute, go for almond milk and add one more tablespoon of butter. In case you are using coconut milk then go for 1/2 a cup. Hope this helped 🙂

  17. Ana maria

    Loved it! Very moist and taste amazing. This is the best orange cake I ever made. My family loved it.

    • Arinacooking

      Hi Ana, Thanks a lot for your kind comment. I’m happy that you have enjoyed it 🙂

      • Loved it.. did my own changes and reduced sugar to ½ cup. Thanks you 🙂

        • Arinacooking

          Hi Fatima, I’m happy that you gave my recipe a try. What happened when you reduced the sugar? did the texture change? Let us know, please 🙂

  18. This is a great recipe, thanks for sharing it! May I know how you did the orange slices decoration on top? Did you candy the orange slices first then place them on top of the cake right from the beginning or halfway through baking?

    • Arinacooking

      Hi, I did candy the orange slices, allowed them to cool, and then placed them over the cake.

  19. All the taste of the Clementine cake with less work.

  20. This is making me so hungry! I love that gorgeous color, and the cake looks so moist. I have to make this. I love orange everything.

  21. Yummy! This orange cake recipe looks amazing and super easy to make. I love orange cake!

  22. I bet this is so good! Why have I never had orange cake before? Sounds yummy!

  23. I’ve never had orange cake but this looks and sounds so yummy. Definitely gonna make this.

  24. Looks amazing… Refreshing citrus taste. Sign me up. Thank you for sharing this recipe. Can’t wait to try it out.

  25. i don’t think i have ever had orange cake before. sounds very refreshing. how much flavor do you get from the zest?

    • Arinacooking

      You should try it! It has a balanced flavor of orange, I’m sure you will enjoy it 🙂

  26. Ohhh this looks so good. I’ve seen a lot about apple and banana cake,a be lemon cake of course, but not about orange cake. Why not, right?? Yeah, this looks delicious with a cappuccino or some earl grey tea.

  27. This sounds really interesting!
    I have never heard of orangecake before, banan sure, but never orange. And it does not sound to sweet so this might just be for me 🙂

  28. Nnniiiccceeeee….this cake is too good to leave alone. The dairy will have to go, though.

  29. I don’t think I’ve ever tried an orange cake before but that is looking quite delicious! Love that the recipe is easy to follow as well in case you want to try making it.

  30. I have had lemon bread but never orange bread. This looks amazing!

  31. Steven Morrissette

    Wow this orange cake looks absolutely delicious. It looks so soft and moist.

  32. My mom loves making cakes. I will show her your orange cake recipe, it looks so delicious

  33. I hope to recreate your Best Orange Cake. It sounds so yummy and tasty! Thanks for the recipe!

  34. katrina Kroeplin

    this sounds delish. i’m saving so i can make later.

  35. Jessica Q

    this is definitely the best orange cake ever. Hands down. Every bite.

  36. Wow this cake looked so good. I want one. Lemme make it!

  37. I see a lot of people right “ the best “ in front of their recipes but this one it truly the best orange cake ! Made it with organic oranges, coconut milk and coconut oil instead. Also, didn’t use butter and only made it with 2 eggs. It was superb !!!!❤️

  38. If I want to make two loaves is it ok to just double the recipe?

  39. This cake is indeed delicious! I made the recipe as written but subbed GF all purpose flour and almond milk. Turned out perfect with great orange flavor. Freezes well, too.

    • Arinacooking

      Hi Jane, Thanks for your feedback and tips, I’m sure my readers will appreciate it 🙂

  40. I’m currently writing/compiling a recipe book in memory of my late brother the famous desert baker of Namibia aka Moose Mcgregor who became famous and known world wide for his apple crumble some tourists called it Apple strudel. So I love trying out new recipes and came across your Orange cake recipe today and baked it. Oh my gosh what a fabulous recipe. It’s a real winner.

  41. This is delicious! I’ve baked it twice, making it gluten and dairy-free and it is lovely.
    (I used a non-dairy GF stick butter substitute and basic GF flour with xanthum gum already in it). It was our New Year’s Eve dessert. Thank you! it also freezes well if well wrapped.

  42. Mammalama

    when do you add the orange zest?

  43. I have a weekness for oranges..I will have a go at making your cake..The greeks has a similar cake, which you must have heard of….Thaks and happy baking,,,Querino

  44. This sounds so delicious. I want to make it.
    What do I need to adjust for high altitude baking?
    Thank you

    • Arinacooking

      I would say try the recipe as is, I never had a complaint about using the same recipe for high altitude. Hope this helped!

  45. Like your orange cake resepi. Can you please post a vegetarian orange cake resepi? Tq

  46. I don’t normally post reviews of recipes, but this one was so good. I made it yesterday using 1 regular orange and 1 blood orange, and it was delicious. Perfect consistency and sweetness, it really let the orange shine. Well done.

  47. I LOVE this recipe … This is my second time baking this cake, the first time it was a success. My daughter loves this recipe too, she added cranberries to make muffins. THANK YOU!! 👍🏼👍🏼 I wish I could give more than 5 stars…Truly is the BEST!!