Orange Cake: the recipe

The soft orange cake is a tasty and simple dessert. The combination of the sweet flavor of the pulp and the slightly bitter note of the orange peel gives the recipe a pleasant and fresh flavor that will delight your senses. Furthermore, orange is not only a delicious ingredient, but it also adds a positive nutritional note to your dessert by giving you a load of vitamin C.

Its simple and genuine ingredients make the orange cakes a perfect start for you day, but also for a tasty snack or for a cuddle after the meal. How is it prepared? Let’s see it together straight away.


To make your orange cake you will need:

  • 80 g of butter at room temperature
  • 270 g of all-purpose flour
  • 3 whole eggs at room temperature
  • 125 g of granulated sugar
  • 180 g of orange juice
  • 10 g of baking powder
  • the zest of 2 oranges
  • icing sugar

How to prepare your orange cake

  • Preheat the static oven to 170°. In the meantime, grate the zest of 2 oranges into a bowl, and separately, squeeze the oranges until you obtain 180 g of juice.
  • Take another bowl and sift the flour and the baking powder.
  • As concern the dough: pour the sugar and diced butter into a container and start working with an electric whisk.
  • When your mixture will be puffy and creamy, add the eggs and orange zest while continuing to knead.
  • Gradually add the previously sifted flour and backing powder.
  • Once everything is mixed, continuing to knead, slowly add the orange juice.
  • When the mixture seems homogeneous, butter a cake pan and line it with baking paper.
  • Transfer the mixture to the pan and bake at 170° for 35 minutes. Before removing the cake from the oven, we suggest you to do the toothpick test: what does it means? Just insert the toothpick into the cake and check if it is dry when you remove it, this will be the sign of a successful cooking.
  • Sprinkle with icing sugar and enjoy!

Tricks and tips for a perfect orange cake

Which is the secret for a high and tasty orange cake? Choose ripe and juicy oranges which will guarantee maximum flavor and aroma to the cake. Furthermore, remember to pay attention to the eggs: it is better to use eggs at room temperature and not eggs taken directly from the fridge.

Soft orange cake: the variant with jam

For those with a sweet tooth and orange lovers, we recommend trying to replicate the orange cake at home in its version with jam. To make a delicious cake filled with orange marmalade, follow the procedure described in the recipe above and then, based on your taste, you can choose whether to sprinkle the cake with orange marmalade on the surface, or to cut the cake in half and add orange marmalade as a filling. The choice is up to you!

torta con marmellata all'arancia

If  you also feel particularly creative in the kitchen, instead of buying it, we can suggest you how to prepare a delicious homemade orange marmalade with the recipe you find in our magazine.


The orange cake can be stored inside an airtight container or on a stand (in this case, always remember to  cover it with a lid). At room temperature, the cake keeps its characteristics for up to a maximum of 3 days.

Have you noted all  these suggestions? All you have to do is roll up your sleeves and get to work. Have fun in the kitchen!