Citrus Delight: Homemade Orange Cake Recipe

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Get ready to infuse your kitchen with the bright and zesty flavors of citrus with our Homemade Orange Cake. This delightful dessert is a celebration of the sweet and tangy notes of oranges, creating a moist and flavorful cake that’s perfect for any occasion. Join us as we guide you through the steps to create this sunshine-infused treat that will undoubtedly become a favorite in your baking repertoire.

Who Will Love This Cake?

This Homemade Orange Cake is a must-try for anyone who appreciates the refreshing taste of citrus in a dessert. Whether you’re a seasoned baker looking to add a new recipe to your collection or a novice eager to impress, this cake caters to all levels of expertise. The simplicity of the ingredients and the burst of orange flavor make it an excellent choice for a family dessert, a potluck contribution, or a sweet indulgence on a lazy afternoon.



1 (15.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix

1 (3 ounce) package instant lemon pudding mix

¾ cup orange juice

½ cup vegetable oil

4 large eggs

1 teaspoon lemon extract


2/3 cup white sugar

1/3 cup orange juice

1/4 cup unsalted butter



Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease a 10-inch Bundt pan.

Make the cake: Stir cake mix and pudding mix together in a large bowl. Make a well in the center and pour in orange juice, oil, eggs, and lemon extract. Beat on low speed with an electric mixer until blended. Scrape the sides of the bowl, then beat on medium speed for 4 minutes. Pour batter into the prepared pan.

Bake in the preheated oven for 50 to 60 minutes. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely, about 20 more minutes.

When the cake has cooled, make the glaze: Cook sugar, orange juice, and butter in a saucepan over medium heat for 2 minutes.

Transfer cake to a serving platter and drizzle glaze over top.

Kitchen Equipment Needed

Prepare this citrus-infused treat with the following kitchen essentials:

  • 9-inch round cake pan
  • Mixing bowls
  • Electric mixer
  • Zester
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Wire rack

Tips and Tricks

  • Room Temperature Ingredients: Ensure your butter, eggs, and orange juice are at room temperature for a smoother batter.
  • Fresh Orange Juice: Using freshly squeezed orange juice enhances the natural citrus flavor of the cake.


Can I Use Store-Bought Orange Juice?

While fresh orange juice is recommended for optimal flavor, you can use store-bought orange juice in a pinch. Ensure it’s 100% pure juice without added sugars or preservatives.

How Should I Store Leftover Cake?

Store any leftover Orange Cake in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days. For longer storage, refrigerate the cake and bring it to room temperature before serving.

Serving Suggestions

Dust the top of your Homemade Orange Cake with powdered sugar or frost it with a light citrus-flavored icing for an extra touch of sweetness. Pair a slice with a cup of herbal tea or enjoy it as a delightful dessert after a citrus-inspired dinner.


As you savor the moist crumb and citrusy aroma of your Homemade Orange Cake, revel in the simplicity of creating a dessert that brings sunshine to your table. Share the joy by passing on this delightful recipe, and don’t forget to subscribe to our blog for more culinary inspirations. Happy baking!

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