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Orange Cake

I love the taste of citrus in cakes. When I came across this recipe I knew I had to try it. I adapted it to my taste.
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Juice and zest of 1 large orange
  1. Cream softened butter and sugar until creamy.
  2. Add egg, orange juice, and zest.
  3. Whisk dry ingredients together and add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, mix well.
  4. Pour into a greased 8" x 8" greased pan and bake in a 350ยบ oven for 35 minutes.
  5. When cake is baked spread with topping.
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut, flaked
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  1. Spread topping on baked cake and put back in oven and set oven to broil.
  2. Watch carefully, once topping is bubbly and golden remove cake from oven.
  3. It is delicious served warm or cold.
  4. Yield: 9 pieces


  1. This looks a good cake to make and keep in the freezer for unexpected company or Sunday Faspa.

    Happy Birthday Betty, Today you can eat you cake and enjoy it too!!

  2. This sounds delicious. I love anything citrus.

  3. OH NO - topping is too sweet for us BUT this cake with whipped cream cheese creamed with a bit of orange pulp and juice will make it "just right"...

  4. I so enjoy Orange Cake. I had to smile at how I used to always make orange cake mixes .. loved them back in the day.
    Are you enjoying this for your Birthday today Betty? Happy Birthday to you dear girl!

  5. Happy Birthday Betty - what a lovely cake - I will surely try this one. I love cakes with buttermilk in them.

  6. You have me wishing for a piece! Kathy

  7. Ah yes! Two of my 3 favorite words when it comes to cooking: orange and cake! (The 3rd is, of course, chocolate. They create heaven when combined!)

  8. Oh my goodness, this is my 1st visit to your blog, and it's fantastic! I think I'll be cooking that cake this weekend! My Nana used to make an orange cake, different from this, but still delicious. If you'd like to "visit" me in New England I'd love it, I enjoy company and new Followers are so exciting. I really enjoyed my visit today, and so happy to have found your blog!

  9. Mmmm. I make a cake similar to this, but with oatmeal and cinnamon and the same topping. So good. I'll have to try the orange one now.


  10. Just made this cake with limes and macadamia nuts and a little mace in the topping. Oh, soooo good...
    Thanks for the recipe. -Jill

  11. even in Amish country you are busy baking! you.are.nuts. but oh how I love you. Bring some home PLEASE!

  12. My mother-in-law made this and we had it at their house last weekend. It was delicious and I thought it tasted very similar to an orange-coconut cake I posted on my blog in May. I like your topping!


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