February 16, 2011

Orange Bundt Cake

Maybe it's this long, cold and snowy winter that has me craving something summery and bright. Maybe I'm Vitamin C deficient. I have no other explanation for what made me pick up an 8 pound bag of oranges the other day. We ate some oranges and squeezed some fresh juice for breakfast, but I had to find another way to use them up!
So, this orange, citrusy, summery, light and lovely cake was born. 

I used a citrus reamer (one of my favorite gadgets) to get the fresh juice that goes into this cake and a lot of the pulp ended up in the juice, which I included in the cake. Along with the zest, it left tiny bits of bright orange in the baked cake. Without using an electric juicer, I think a citrus reamer does the best job of juicing fruit. If you don't have one, you might consider getting one... it's inexpensive and it does a great job!
This is a really nice cake with lots of orange flavor and a nice light orange aroma. It'd be a good choice to take to a potluck, or to give as a gift. This cake stores well and stays moist wrapped in plastic.

Orange Bundt Cake - Adapted from here
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 cup sugar
zest from 4 large oranges
4 large eggs
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
3 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda

Preheat oven to 350F. Spray bundt pan with cooking spray. 

Sift flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda into a small bowl.

Beat together butter, sugar, and zest in a large bowl with an electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until incorporated. Whisk in sour cream and orange juice. Add flour mixture a cup at a time and mix until combined.

Transfer batter to bundt pan and bake on middle rack until golden brown and wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 30-40 minutes.

Cool cake in pan 10 minutes then turn out onto rack.


  1. Yikes - third citrus cake recipe I've read today. I need to get on the ball! This cake sounds so fresh with bright flavor, Karen. I'm going to have to learn to bake one of these days - I'm guessing my husband would love it. ;)

  2. Karen, I smell the oranges...or maybe I smell them outside my window!! Beautiful cake. I should try this myself.

  3. I love citrus flavored cakes. This looks delcious!

  4. This looks so yummy...and I love that bundt pan too!

  5. It does look Yummy!! I have myers lemons...do you think I could substitute?
    I am making your rice pudding this weekend.

  6. Hi karen, I'll make this cake today my friend, because he looks appetizing, hummmm mham mhammm.

    Kisses and blessings.

  7. Oh this is such a beautiful cake! I feel like I can smell the citrus and sunshine from here!

  8. Having this on hand for dessert would make one forget the snow and wind blowing around outside! I love the simplicity of this cake.


  9. I absolutely will print. This looks delicious!

  10. I can almost taste this...I'm loving the orange and sour cream combo. Makes me feel warm and sunny just thinking about it =)

  11. Beautiful cake. I love citrus in food and especially pastry. Another recipe bookmarked.

  12. What a perfect recipe for an overcast day with rain predicted for the a.m.! And I have everything in the pantry or fridge as the case may be. Thank you for sharing!

  13. I love the shape of the cake, it is really cute and of course looks oh so delish!

  14. I have no idea how I came across your blog but decided to try this recipe right away. I wanted to make it for my fiance after he surprised me with 2 gorgeous bouquets of roses so I followed all of the ingredient measurements to a T but in comparison to the epicurious recipe, its flawed. 3 cups of flour made my cake taste doughy. It was simply awful and embarrassing. Please do everyone else a favor and double check your recipes before you blog.

  15. I'm sorry your cake didn't turn out right, Anonymous. The recipe is the same as the one on the Epicurious site, but I doubled the ingredients to fit my large bundt pan. If your cake was doughy, my guess is that it was undercooked. I bet the roses are beautiful!


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