Saturday, July 09, 2011

Orange Cake with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting


Last week when I went grocery shopping I double checked the ingredients in this orange cake recipe to make sure I had everything I needed to make it.  The only ingredients I didn't have were oranges and buttermilk, so I picked those up at the store.  But when I went to make the cake, the oranges were gone.  My kids ate them all up.  What can I say?  I’m glad they ate them!  The funny thing is that I really only needed the oranges for the zest.  I had to laugh when I thought of this recipe's key ingredient being thrown away in the trash.  When you think about it, isn't it amazing that we normally throw away the very thing that gives this cake so much flavor?

 
And that got me thinking back to when I was young and the first time I saw my mom using orange zest.  She was making orange sweet rolls, and I remember seeing her putting bits of peel in the bowl.  I thought that was so disgusting.  I told my mom that you are not supposed to eat the peel—you throw it away!  She explained to me that it added flavor and was supposed to be in the rolls, but I was not convinced.  There was no way I was eating those rolls with orange peel in them.  She told me to wait and see, that I would like them.  And of course I did.

I think this cake has just the right amount of orange flavor.  But, my kids thought the frosting tasted too “orangy”.  (What?? Aren’t these the same kids that love oranges so much that they ate them all??)  So if you are like my kids and prefer a more subtle orange flavor, skip the orange extract in the frosting.


print recipe

Orange Cake with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting
A favorite orange cake recipe that uses orange zest.

Ingredients
  • 2 3/4 cups cake flour
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk, at room temperature
  • 3 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange extract
          For Frosting:
  • 1 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon orange juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon orange extract
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 350°F and grease and flour two 9" round pans, or spray with baking spray.2. In a large bowl combine cake cake flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt.3. Mix in butter, buttermilk, eggs, orange zest, vanilla, and orange extract.4. Beat with mixer on medium-high speed for 3 minutes.5. Pour batter into prepared pans and bake for 30 - 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean.6. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to cooling racks, then allow to cool completely before frosting.7. To make the frosting, cream together the cream cheese, orange juice, orange zest, and orange extract.8. Gradually add the powdered sugar and mix until smooth and creamy.

Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 1 9" two-layer cake

Updated

July 12 2011

58 comments:

  1. Sounds delicious, I love citrus cakes of any kind.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Oh I love citrus flavors! This cake sounds delicious with the buttermilk and orange!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Fantasticno, obozavam torte sa narandzom :)))

    ReplyDelete
  4. your photos are gorgeous!!! this cake looks heavenly! :)

    ReplyDelete
  5. Hehe, both your children and your childhood story. My hubby laughs because I always reserve the peel to try and have on hand later. I am loving your cake. It looks amazing! I wish it was my b-day again so I could have the excuse to make it.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Your orange cake is gorgeous! I love citrus peel and the delicious flavor it adds. When I'm feeling really smart and think about it (that's not often I'm afraid) I zest an orange before I eat it, and then freeze the zest in a little container. It's nice to have on hand. I love your cake stand too- beautiful! :)

    ReplyDelete
  7. This cake sounds delicious. I've been thinking about making an orange cake, too. Plus, your photograph is outstanding!! Thanks for sharing on A Well-Seasoned Life's Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Can"t have enough orange in a recipe for me! When I can remember, I'll zest an orange, a lime or lemon and freeze for future usage.

    This cake sounds refreshing and is reminiscent of one my mother used to make. Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Mmmm looks great! I heard that 95% of the goodness and vitamin in an orange is in the peel, not sure how true this is but it is a shame to throw away all of that flavor!!

    ReplyDelete
  10. The cake sound wonderful. Can't wait to try it!

    ReplyDelete
  11. The cake sounds delicious and is absolutely beautiful, can't wait to try the recipe!!

    ReplyDelete
  12. I think this sounds wonderful. I love oranges. When I was a little girl I would come home from school each day and eat an orange and 2 pickles. For some reason that's all I liked. When I ate the orange I would cut it in half and literally squeeze the juice in my mouth, then turn the skin inside out and eat the flesh. I didn't want to leave anything. However I did toss the skin. Who knew then how valuable the skin was.

    The cake sounds great. I may have to bake this for one of my kids august birthdays.

    ReplyDelete
  13. I love orange cake and yours just looks amazing. No one shares my liking for it in my house but I just can't let this one pass. I'm making one just for myself.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Too orangey? Is there such a thing? ;) What a wonderful cake. I love citrus in the summer.

    ReplyDelete
  15. this cake is so pretty and looks delicious! I love the orange flavor!

    ReplyDelete
  16. Your pictures are absolutely gorgeous and the orange flavor is fantastic!!

    ReplyDelete
  17. What a lovely cake the pictures are so pretty.

    ReplyDelete
  18. oh wowww, i havnt had an orange cake in so long, this cake is definitely calling my name! Such a lovely flavour and that cream cheese frosting looks dangerously irresistible... :)

    ReplyDelete
  19. What a GREAT recipe!! I making cupcakes for my sisters baby shower and I did not want to make plain vanilla I am going to make this!! I think this will be such a hit! THANKS so much!!

    We just started following you! Cannot wait for more recipes!

    Love,

    http://chickswholovetoeat.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  20. Love the story of the missing oranges! Sounds like what happens in my house. I've bookmarked your recipe and will give it a try this weekend :)

    I noticed in your directions, it mentions shortening but I didn't see it in the ingredient list. Just wanted to double check before I went to the grocery.

    ReplyDelete
  21. Thank you for your comments! I definitely need to zest my oranges before eating them (and teach my kids how to do that!)

    And thank you for noticing the error Vicky! I was going to use shortening but ended up using all butter instead. I will correct the recipe to reflect that.

    ReplyDelete
  22. That looks wonderful. I can't wait to try it and maybe veganize it (I am going to try and get the word to catch on).
    Also congrats on your placement in the top 9 on Foodbuzz.

    ReplyDelete
  23. A bold orange flavor in the frosting sounds totally yummy! Big flavors always go over well around here. congrats on the top 9 and thanks for another delicious cake to moon over!

    ReplyDelete
  24. I love the flavors, the photos and everything in your site. This is really a top 9 pick! Thanks for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  25. I love the pics but i want the plates!

    ReplyDelete
  26. @Mariana--I love those plates too! They were my mother-in-laws. When we were going through her things, I almost didn't keep them. She had so many beautiful things. It was impossible to keep everything, but I am so glad I kept these plates.

    ReplyDelete
  27. Orange cake is such a flavorful cake. I love this flavor mix you used and those plates with the cup .. awsm prop pick :) Congrats on Top 9!

    ReplyDelete
  28. Oh my, I'm in love with this cake! The flavors, the frosting, the beauty... yummo!!! Congrats on Top 9!

    ReplyDelete
  29. Ohhh this looks so good. I love orange cake, and anything with cream cheese in it is fabulous!

    ReplyDelete
  30. Wowowo , the cake looks gorgeous , congrats on top 9 :)

    ReplyDelete
  31. What a gorgeous cake! Looks so moist and delicious :)

    ReplyDelete
  32. This look so good! What a beautiful cake. This recipe would be a perfect addition to my Cast Party Wednesday Link Party. Would you come over and share some of your recipes with us?
    Thanks,
    I hope to see you there!

    ReplyDelete
  33. Too orangey?? No such thing!! (My kids would say the same thing) Wish it wasn't 11pm or I'd make this right now...

    Found you on Foodbuzz. Following you!

    ReplyDelete
  34. Jill, thanks so much for sharing this stunning orange cake last week on Fresh Food Friday/Seasonal Saturday. It was chosen to be the top featured post today on this week's linkup. I hope that you can stop by, check it out, grab the featured button, and hopefully add another recipe (remains open until Monday afternoon).

    ReplyDelete
  35. Hi, This cake sounds awesome, I'm going to have to heat up my kitchen again soon. I came from la bella vita's Fresh Food Friday. Would love if you stopped by when you have a chance.

    Thanks for sharing,
    Joanne

    ReplyDelete
  36. This is ABSOLUTELY gorgeous. Wow!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  37. You made an absolutely gorgeous cake! i like the swirly frosting. The orange flavor must burst in your mouth. I'll ahve to make this when it cools off.)

    ReplyDelete
  38. Jill this is such a beautiful cake! I love your photos!

    ReplyDelete
  39. Looks very light and love the cream cheese frosting with the orange. Have the same problem with fruit in our house, practically impossible to make a banana cake without hiding them!

    ReplyDelete
  40. Cute story! I can't blame your kids...fresh oranges are the best! But I'm glad you could reclaim a few peels to make your cake because it looks like it turned out wonderful! I bet your kids enjoyed that piece of orange-y goodness!!

    ReplyDelete
  41. That looks really good! I agree that the zest of lemon or orange just adds fantastic flavours to anything! :) Can't wait to give your recipe a try!

    ReplyDelete
  42. I just found you through Nordic ware, have read 2 recipes and am in love ( so to speak ) I can't wait to try your recipes...I am now a follower !! Oh, I pinned your Pumpkin bundt to Pinterest .....oh the places you'll go....Thank you. P.S. I'll never lose weight this way :-)

    ReplyDelete
  43. This is a delicious looking cake. I will have to make this for my husband he loves the flavor of orange.

    ReplyDelete
  44. Wow, this is one of the best cakes I ever tasted. Thank you for sharing the recipe.
    nyc catering

    ReplyDelete
  45. Wow, this is one of the best cakes I ever tasted. Thank you for sharing the recipe.
    nyc catering

    ReplyDelete
  46. Its beautiful and rich in flavour. I wouldn't have loved orange but you came along so thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  47. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  48. Hello! I just made this cake, and it is cooling as I type. I hope I may ask a question? I followed your recipe exactly as written. I am wondering, as I had trouble incorporating the softened butter, could I change the order of ingredient adding without affecting the final result? Could I cream the butter and sugar together, or would it result in something too heavy? Thanks so much. It smells absolutely wonderful.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Stark Radio,
      I would certainly try creaming the butter and the sugar together. I would then combine the dry ingredients in a separate bowl, and alternate adding the dry and the wet ingredients to the creamed mixture. Many recipes do it this way, I am not sure why this one doesn't. I think it was an old recipe of my grandma's and I followed the recipe as she had the directions written.
      I hope you enjoy your cake!

      Delete
    2. I had to level the tops of the cake before frosting, and the taste is out of this world, thank you! Mine took almost 50 minutes to set in the centre but my oven is iffy, so I ended up lowering the temp to 325 after 30 minutes and that seemed to do it. I need an oven thermometer.

      The only trouble I had was with the icing, but it's my fault because I used low-fat cream cheese (I bought the wrong kind! and didn't notice!) so I ended up having to add 1/4 cup butter and another 1 and 1/2 cups icing sugar. Don't you hate it when you post a recipe, and people say, oh this was good but and then list all the substitutions?

      Anyway it's going to be the cake star tomorrow! I thank you very much.

      Delete
  49. I had a chance to taste it when I levelled the tops - oh my! It's superb! I can't wait to serve this at a special someone's birthday party tomorrow.

    The only trouble I had was with my oven - it runs hot - so I had to lower the temp to 325 and bake for almost 50 minutes. And I messed up the frosting, because I'm an idiot and bought low-fat cream cheese and didn't notice it until it was too late! Argh. But I saved it by adding 1/4 cup butter and almost two more cups icing sugar, and chilling in the fridge. It does taste wonderful. Your grandma is to be commended!

    Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. I'm passing onwards!

    ReplyDelete
  50. Did I get it right is it 18oz cream cheese? Since there's a space beteen the 1 & 8 I'm not sure. Pls reply since I need to do this tomorrow....thanks

    ReplyDelete
  51. Did I get it right...is it 18oz cream cheese? Since there's a space between 1 & 8 I'm not sure. ls reply since I'm doing this tomorrow....thanks

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. No--it is one 8oz package. Cream cheese is sold in 8oz packages--use one pkg.

      Delete
  52. Oh my goodness! This cake is not only beautiful but so delicious! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. The only thing I did differently was increase the orange juice in the frosting to make it more spreadable - and I think this has something to do with living in the 10% humidity of west Texas. LOL Thanks again -Edith

    ReplyDelete
  53. Oh my goodness! This cake is delicious! Thank you for sharing the recipe. the only thing I did differently was increase the orange juice in the frosting to make it more spreadable - I think that has something to do with the 10% humidity in west Texas..LOL thanks again!

    ReplyDelete
  54. Oh my goodness! This cake is delicious! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe. The only thing I did differently was increase the orange juice in the frosting to make it more spreadable... think the 10% humidity in west Texas has something to do with that! LOL Again, thanks for a delicious recipe.

    ReplyDelete

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...