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Easy Delicious Orange Cake with Oil

Orange Cake with Oil

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I know, I know, it’s Spring. Citrus was so last season. I shouldn’t even be entertaining the idea of such blasphemous behavior, but you know what guys, this cake is easy and delicious all year round. There is something about beautiful sunny days that makes me want to eat things that feel bright and sunny and this cake does.

So maybe you make it now and then again in the winter? You know, just to balance things out 😉

Orange Cake with Oil

I am not sure whose recipe this is, but all of the women in my family have it in their go to recipe book, the one that is a ‘best of’ of sorts. Also there? My super easy Lemon Velvet. I know, I know, I gots citrus on my mind.

Oil and Other Things

Back to this cake then, I used to make it with a hand mixer and then it occurred to me that since it is made with oil not butter creaming is a little unnecessary so I just let my whisk and arm do a little bit of work and call it a day. The orange zest is my addition, but it goes a long way towards enhancing the orange flavor so please don’t skip it. I do skip making the glaze sometimes and instead warm and pour over some lovely sticky orange marmalade to good effect.

Orange Cake with Oil

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Orange Cake with Oil
Orange Cake
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
55 mins

A quick oil based cake that is moist and easy to whip up!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Canadian
Keyword: cake with oil, orange cake
Servings: 10
Author: Sarah - Flour & Spice
  • 1/2 cup canola oil or other neutral tasting oil
  • 1 to 1 1/4 cup sugar see notes at bottom
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Zest of two oranges
  • 3/4 cup fresh orange juice strained – approx the juice of 3 oranges
Orange Glaze
  • 3/4 cup Fresh Orange Juice (strained)
  • 3 tbsp Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Orange Zest
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and grease a 6-inch (what I used) or a 9-inch pan and set aside. 

  2. Sift the dry ingredients into a medium sized bowl.

  3. Take out a large mixing bowl and briskly whisk the oil, sugar, and zest together till combined. 

  4. Add the eggs one by one whisking well after each addition.

  5. Then alternate between adding the flour and juice in three batches until combined.

  6. Pour into your prepared pan and bake for 35-50 minutes depending on the pan you use. My 6-inch took longer since the cake was higher, my 9-inch is done earlier.

  7. Let it cool for ten minutes then invert onto a cake plate and pour the glaze over while the cake is still warm.

For the Glaze
  1. While the cake is baking bring the glaze ingredients to a boil in a small non stick saucepan and simmer for 10-15 minutes until it is thickens and becomes syrupy. It will run off your cooking utensil in languid drops. 

Recipe Notes


1.) The sugar in Pakistan and the Middle East is sweeter than that in North America. If you are in those regions please use closer to 1 cup. Also it is coarser there so please grind your sugar before using or use caster sugar!

2.) Don't feel like making a glaze? Just warm some orange marmalade and spread it over the warm cake - YUM!

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Orange Cake with Oil

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    Aruna Panangipally

    What I wouldn’t do for a piece of this cake! 😀

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    SADAF F K.

    This cake is just WOW! I want to start with the first photo.. cut myself a bigger slice (than you) then have it with a cup of tea! Yum!!

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    Dude, can I please tell you how awesome it is that the women in your family actually BAKE? None of the women from either side of my family bake, nor do they have the inclination to LOL
    This cake looks fab, and it’s totally perfect for the summer as well 🙂

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    I made this cake and it was soft and moist. I burned the glaze so ate it without the glaze ? but it was delicious ?

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      Mariam when I saw the email with your comment in it I almost burst out laughing because I had made this cake a day before and burnt the glaze myself!!! Sorry about not replying earlier, my laptop was in the shop and I can’t access comments on my phone!

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