6 Apr 2014

Orange Cake with Orange Nutella Glaze

My Santa Claus is back from the US and he has come bearing gifts!! Lots of gifts and all related to baking! I can hardly contain my excitement! I love baking more than cooking and you can imagine what a long list of things I wanted from US and I'm thrilled to be in possession of some of the things I dreamed of having!

We wanted to celebrate my husband's birthday and I wanted to bake a simple cake. As I was wondering which cake to bake, my eyes fell on the new zester that he bought for me and from there on, it was an easy decision to bake an orange cake.
I have tons of orange cake recipes and I decided to try this recipe since it uses lots of fresh orange juice. There are many recipes which uses only a few tsps of orange juice and then some zest but this recipe calls for 1 cup of orange juice and that gave the cake an intense orange flavor. If you want a burst of orange flavor in every bite, then this is the cake for you! 

This is an extremely easy cake to make and it's so soft and moist. The flavor intensifies after about 6-8 hours when the flavors have set in. This cake can be had as it is but since we were celebrating my husband's birthday, I decided to add the orange nutella glaze. How can you celebrate without chocolate??

Preparation time 20 mins | Baking time 35 mins | Serves 12
  • Butter - 1/2 cup 
  • Sugar - 1 cup
  • Flour - 2 cups
  • Eggs - 3
  • Fresh Orange Juice -1 cup
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Baking powder - 2 tsp
  • Orange rind - 2 tsp
  • Vanilla extract - 1/4 tsp

1 Squeeze 1 cup of fresh orange juice and set aside. Sieve the flour, baking powder and salt and set aside. Pre heat the oven to 180 degrees C. Line and grease an 8 or 9 inch pan. I used a 9 inch round pan. 
2. Cream butter and sugar for about a min.
3. Add the eggs one at a time and beat well until light and frothy. Mix the vanilla extract.
4. Add the sifted flour, salt and baking powder mixture. Fold gently.
5. Add the 1 cup of fresh orange juice and fold gently mixing everything together.
6. Add the orange rind and mix well.
7. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 30-35 minutes or until done.
8. Let it cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then turn onto a cooling rack.

For the glaze
  • Nutella - 3 heaped tbsps
  • Orange juice - 1/4 cup
1. Mix the nutella and orange juice. It won't mix well but try to incorporate well.
2. Microwave this for 1-2 minutes until the mixture is well mixed, soft and silky.
3. Drizzle as much as you want over the cake.

1. You can skip the glaze if you don't prefer it. The cake tastes awesome as it is too.
2. You can replace the butter with oil, it comes out just as good. Just use a little less than 1/2 a cup of oil.
3. Each oven is different, do a toothpick test to check if it's done.
4. Do not overmix, over mixing will not give a soft spongy cake.
5. You can skip the vanilla and go for a full orange flavored cake. I added just a bit since the recipe uses 3 eggs.
6. The cake tastes even better when you let it rest awhile and the flavors have set in.

I have also posted an eggless orange cake recipe. Do check that out if you prefer eggless.

Until next time,
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  1. wow... looks so soft.... i too love orange cakes... especially with the zest would taste too good... hope to see many more wonders with the items from your santa kit... :)

  2. Wow tempting yummy cake .

  3. Looks glazing........ Delicious too!!

  4. they look super moist beulah ...hope ur husband enjoyed his birthday cake

  5. Soft, moist and perfectly made orange cake, must be very delicious!

  6. It lokls so soft...delicious. ....eagerly waiting for other recipes. ..

  7. looks so spongy dear.. perfectly baked

  8. Super moist and yummy orange cake..........and I'm sure that ur b'rday boy have enjoyed it till the last piece....

  9. thanks for sharing. 1 ques i have. the orange in the pic is it the normal orange that we get or is it the imported one. cant wait to make the cake.

    1. These are juice oranges. I bought it from the nearby fruit stall. I went and asked the shopkeeper, he says it's also called Australian Oranges (not sure if he is right)

  10. drooling cake...glaze looks tempting. Happy to follow you and will be happy if the same. happy blogging.

  11. I love orange cakes, and this looks really delicious and inviting..

  12. perfect orange cake :) happy birthday to your husband too dear

  13. Baked dis Orange cake..came out perfect..replaced all purpose flour with Whole-wheat flour. My kids loved it

    1. Hi Helen, glad you liked the cake. Thank you for coming back to leave a feedback. Appreciate it :)


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