Frosted Orange Cake Recipe

This may be the nicest cake I have ever baked and all readers know that cake makes me happy – especially when it’s super easy to bake like this one! I don’t know whether it’s because I bothered to ice it and make it look pretty or that the sponge was so moist and full of flavour – it couldn’t have been nicer.

This was based on a recipe for ginger cake but any regular readers know I really don’t need any more ginger in my life so I went for orange instead. This creates a really lovely moist orange cake that you can enjoy plain if you like or frosted like us.

Frosted Orange Cake Recipe

We used a square cake tin for this bake but you could use a standard loaf pan instead – you may just need to adjust the baking times accordingly. Our go to bake is usually marble cake but I think this easy orange cake has taken its place. We’ll be making it as a loaf cake in a loaf tin next time.

Can you vary this orange sponge cake recipe?

I use orange essence in this recipe for ease but you could use orange syrup, freshly squeezed orange juice and orange zest instead for a really natural orange flavor instead. It could also be made into a bundt cake in a bundt pan if you wanted.

If you don’t want to ice the cake after baking you could dust with powdered sugar or coat with a cream cheese frosting. It’s such an easy recipe and so versatile too. The cake looks fantastic however you choose to serve it.

What equipment do you need for this easy orange cake recipe?

You can make this recipe simply with things you already have in your kitchen but here are the things we use in case there’s something you don’t already have:

As you can see, it’s all things you probably have already. We use cake tin liners to guarantee that bakes come out of the tin easily and they’re great when baking as gifts too.

Here’s our Frosted Orange Cake recipe:

Ingredients

  • 175g margarine
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tbsp black treacle
  • 1 tbsp orange essence
  • 225g self raising flour
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 20g ground almonds
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • silver balls to decorate
Frosted Orange Cake Recipe

For the icing

  • 225g icing sugar
  • 1tsp orange essence
Frosted Orange Cake Recipe

Recipe

  • Preheat the oven 160C/325F/Gas Mark 3 and line a square baking tin with baking paper.
  • Mix the eggs, treacle and orange essence in a jug and sift the flour into a bowl
  • Cream the margarine and sugar in a bowl before alternating adding a bit of the egg mixture and a bit of the flour until you have one cake mix.
  • Add the almonds and milk and mix until combined.
  • Spoon the mix into the cake tin and bake for 50 minutes until nicely risen and browned. Leave to cool completely.
  • Make the icing by adding the orange essence to the icing sugar and gradually adding a little water until you get a nice thick icing. Pour over the cake and add silver balls.

If you’d like to print or pin the Frosted Orange Cake Recipe for later you can do so below. Enjoy!

Frosted Orange Cake Recipe

This may be the nicest cake I have ever baked.
Course Afternoon Tea, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine British
Keyword baking
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 12 servings
Calories 336kcal

Ingredients

  • 175 g margarine
  • 175 g caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tbsp black treacle
  • 1 tbsp orange essence
  • 225 g self raising flour
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 20 g ground almonds
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • silver balls to decorate
  • Frosted Orange Cake Recipe

icing

  • 225 g icing sugar
  • 1 tsp orange essence

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven 160C/325F/Gas Mark 3 and line a square baking tin with baking paper.
  • Mix the eggs, treacle and orange essence in a jug and sift the flour into a bowl
  • Cream the margarine and sugar in a bowl before alternating adding a bit of the egg mixture and a bit of the flour until you have one cake mix.
  • Add the almonds and milk and mix until combined.
  • Spoon the mix into the cake tin and bake for 50 minutes until nicely risen and browned. Leave to cool completely.
  • Make the icing by adding the orange essence to the icing sugar and gradually adding a little water until you get a nice thick icing. Pour over the cake and add silver balls.

*Note: Nutritional information is estimated, based on publicly available data. Nutrient values may vary from those published.

Frosted Orange Cake

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