Easy Orange Dream Cake

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Vanilla extract and orange zest bring out a dreamy flavor in this white cake. Those orange Creamsicles® have nothing on this recipe! Something all ages can enjoy and it's easy to make.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
1 hr
8 servings


  • ¼ pound shortening (such as Crisco®)

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract, or more to taste

  • 1 large orange, zested

  • 1 cup self-rising flour, sifted


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter a 7-inch cake pan.

  2. Beat shortening and sugar together in a large bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy; add eggs one at a time, thoroughly beating each egg into the batter before adding the next. Add vanilla extract and fold orange zest into batter. Mix flour into batter until just incorporated. Pour batter into prepared cake pan.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Cook's Notes:

You can substitute butter or margarine for the shortening. You can substitute lemon zest for the orange zest.

To make this a cocoa cake, omit the zest and vanilla extract and add 2 tablespoons cocoa powder.

You can substitute any flour plus 1/2 teaspoon baking powder for the self-rising flour.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

252 Calories
16g Fat
25g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 252
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 20%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 47mg 16%
Sodium 216mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 1mg 5%
Calcium 61mg 5%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 40mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.