Orange Bundt Cake

This is the perfect, bright, tea-time orange cake. It’s delicate, mild, and very much on the light side as far as cakes go. The orange flavor is subtle and the cake absorbs the orange glaze that gets drizzled over it after baking. It’s beautiful and fuss-free!

This orange cake is the perfect tea-time dessert. It’s mild, light, and adds just enough sweet to your afternoon beverage of choice.

Truly, the best part about this cake is it’s simplicity. It’s not fussy with frostings, filling, or competing flavors. The orange is perfectly subtle and not at all over-powering. (In fact if you’re looking for an orange-forward dessert, try these instead: Portuguese Orange Cake and Orange Almond Cookies instead). While easy to eat, it’s actually very quick to prepare. The batter is oil based rather than butter based, so no electric mixer is needed. Just your old-fashion whisk or wooden spoon.

After baking, you spoon or drizzle a simple orange glaze over the top, which soaks immediately into the cake. This helps maintain the moisture and adds an extra dose of flavor with the butter in the glaze. It’s absolutely delicious and made even better when served with a hot cup of coffee or tea.

Chances are, you already have all the ingredients in your cupboard too, so no time like the present to make your own and celebrate the juicy oranges that are in season!

Orange Bundt Cake

This is the perfect, bright, tea-time orange cake. It's delicate, mild, and very much on the light side as far as cakes go. The orange flavor is subtle and the cake absorbs the orange glaze that gets drizzled over it after baking. It's beautiful and fuss-free!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Breakfast, cake, Dessert, tea time
Cuisine American
Calories 369 kcal

Ingredients
  

Cake

  • 2 cups Flour
  • tsp. Baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. Baking soda
  • ½ tsp. Salt
  • 1/4 tsp. Ground cardamom
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2/3 cup Oil (any neutral tasting oil) vegetable, grapeseed, sunflower, etc.
  • 3 Eggs
  • 2 tsp. Vanilla
  • 1/3 cup Orange juice
  • Zest Of one orange
  • 1/3 cup Yogurt whole or greek yogurt work; or sour cream

Glaze

  • 2 tbsp. Butter
  • 1/2 cup Granulated sugar
  • Pinch Salt
  • 2 tbsp. Orange juice (water)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Generously grease a Bundt pan; set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and ground cardamom; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar and oil until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time. Add the vanilla, yogurt, and orange zest.
  • Alternate between adding the flour mixture and orange juice to the sugar and egg mixture, starting and ending with the flour mixture.
  • Pour batter into the prepared Bundt pan. Bake for 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before inverting onto a wire rack, set over a plate or piece of parchment.
  • While cake cools, make the orange glaze.
  • In a small saucepan, combine the butter, sugar, salt, and orange juice. Stir constantly until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is thickened. Using a spoon or brush, slowly drizzle or brush the cake with the orange glaze, watching it absorb evenly into the cake. Slice and serve.

Notes

A Bee Bakes recipe.
Keyword breakfast cake, bundt, bundt cake, cake, cakes, orange, orange bundt cake, orange cake

7 Comments

    1. Hi LJ! I’m sorry I didn’t add when to add the orange zest. I’ve updated the recipe now! It’s best to add with the wet ingredients. 🙂 Thanks for letting me know!

  1. We really enjoy this easy to make orange bundt cake and I made it for a birthday cake. Prior to glazing the cake freezes well. The delicious drizzle glaze adheres best when warm and cake is cold. ONE NOTE … The directions don’t say when to add the orange zest. I added it to the wet ingredients and it came together nicely.

    1. Hi Laura! Thank you so much for trying this recipe and pointing out that I missed the note about whisking in the orange zest! I just made the update. 🙂 You added the zest at the perfect moment. Happy Birthday to the person you were celebrating! Thanks again for trying one of my recipes. I’m so glad it turned out well!

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