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Beat and Bake Orange Cake

Rated as 4.5 out of 5 Stars

"This quick orange cake is delicious without the frosting. I sometimes just sprinkle icing sugar on the top. This recipe can be used to make two 8-inch cake layers or a 9x5-inch loaf. If making a loaf cake, bake for 60 minutes."
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2 h 25 m servings 414 cals
Original recipe yields 12 servings (2 8 inch round pans)


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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour two 8-inch round cake pans.
  2. In a measuring cup, combine milk, 1/2 cup orange juice, oil, beaten eggs, and 1 1/2 teaspoon orange zest. Set aside.
  3. Sift flour, salt and baking powder into a large bowl. Mix in sugar. Make a well in the center and pour in the milk mixture. Stir until thoroughly combined.
  4. Divide batter into prepared pans. Bake in the preheated oven for 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool.
  5. To make Orange Butter Frosting: Cream butter until smooth. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar. Beat until light and fluffy. Beat in 2 tablespoons orange juice to bring to spreading consistency. Stir in vanilla and 1 teaspoon orange zest.


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  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 414 calories; 16.7 g fat; 63.1 g carbohydrates; 4.2 g protein; 63 mg cholesterol; 251 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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Oh my goodness, I am SO glad I looked for a recipe today to use up a bunch of oranges! What a wonderful, lovely, delicious cake! I took a few suggestions from other reviewers and the result was...

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The egg flavour totally overwhelms the orange taste in this. Three eggs is a lot, and although the cake was moist, it was a bit too crumbly. It has a scrambled egg/cakey taste for me.

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Oh my goodness, I am SO glad I looked for a recipe today to use up a bunch of oranges! What a wonderful, lovely, delicious cake! I took a few suggestions from other reviewers and the result was...

I found this cake to be absolutely delicious! I made a loaf cake in a loaf pan. It was absolutely great! I didn't make the icing though, as I found an even better recipe. A recipe intitled "Oran...

I made this cake for my husbands birthday. But before I did I checked the reviews, some mentioned it didn't have enough orange flavor. So what I did was added more orange zest, but what I think ...

This is a very good cake. To the batter I added the zest of one orange, 1 tsp of orange extract and 2oz of cream cheese (afraid it would be dry based on other reviews). As a result, this was a ...

This was a great cake recipe. A very moist cake. The only thing that I did different was to use orange, tangerine, and lemon zest in both the cake and the icing. (I like a strong citrus flavor)....

This was excellent! I baked for 35 minutes at 325 in a 9x13 pan. I added a little extra zest to both the batter and the frosting. I also added some sour cream to the batter. Even with the ext...

Excellent recipe! I made this for my fiance´s bday and I usually never take the risk of trying a new recipe for a special ocassion. I´m really glad I did. I followed the recipe exactly, but I wa...

Last week I made the Orange Yogurt Bread on this site and thought it was wonderful and gave it a glowing review. Last night I made the Beat and Bake Orange Cake. I prefer this recipe and the fr...

This recipe is incredibly quick and easy and has become one of my stand-bys! It's also very flexible - I've made lemon and lime cakes by changing the juice and zest. I've also eliminated the jui...