This orange cake is a moist and mouthwatering treat that’ll leave you wanting more.
It’s so good, it might not even last a day in your house!
Whether you’re looking for a simple dessert to serve at a dinner party or a tasty treat to enjoy with your family, this orange cake is sure to be a hit.
And the best part? It’s effortless to make.
You only need a few simple ingredients that you probably already have on hand.
Orange Juice Cake
Are you ready for a cake that’s moist, delicious, and bursting with bright and zesty orange flavor? If so, then this is the recipe for you.
The combo of cake mix, instant pudding, and orange juice creates such a moist and flavorful sponge.
Yellow cake is the go-to to keep things neutral. But oddly, we’ll use lemon pudding.
It’ll guarantee a tender crumb and brings a wonderful citrussy finish.
Though of course, you can use vanilla pudding if you want to highlight the OJ.
- Yellow Cake Mix: Use any brand you like, and feel free to substitute white cake or French vanilla.
- Instant Vanilla or Lemon Pudding Mix: Pudding brings flavor and incredible moisture to baked goods. Again, use any brand you like.
- Orange Juice: It’s best to use fresh orange juice as it makes the citrusy, tangy flavor stronger.
- Vegetable Oil: To keep the cake moist and tender.
- Eggs: To help the cake to rise and add a rich flavor.
- Lemon Extract or Orange Zest: This adds a touch of tanginess to the cake, which pairs well with the citrus.
- White Sugar: For the glaze and the sponge.
- Butter: To enrich the orange glaze.
Tips for the Best Orange Cake
With only a handful of ingredients, this orange cake is almost impossible to get wrong.
That said, I’ve got a few tips to make it great:
- Make it more orange-forward with vanilla pudding. You can use orange, but I find that a little too much. Instead, the vanilla brings moisture without adding too much flavor.
- Use melted butter instead of oil. It’ll make it extra rich and tender.
- Add a tablespoon of orange zest instead of lemon extract. It’ll give it such an incredible aroma.
- Serve each slice with a dollop of whipped cream. It’ll cut through the citrus beautifully.
- Let the cake cool completely before slicing and serving. This ensures the best texture and the easiest cutting.
- If you have any leftovers, store them in an airtight container. It should stay fresh for 3-4 days at room temperature.
- Make the cake a day in advance. It’ll taste even better once the flavors have had time to mature.
- Add fun extras to make it your own. Dark chocolate chips, chopped nuts, and diced candied orange peel are excellent options.
Can I Freeze the Orange Cake?
In short, yes, but don’t glaze it just yet!
Instead, bake the cake per the instructions, then let it cool completely. Wrap it tightly in plastic and foil, then freeze it for up to three months.
Thaw it in the fridge overnight when you’re ready to eat it. Then, glaze it and serve.
If you freeze it with the glaze, it may turn watery when thawed.
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