Orange Cake with Orange Syrup #SundaySupper

Mar 31, 2013 by

Happy Easter Sunday! I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend. I am almost at the end of a four-day Easter weekend. We had our very first Spring-like day yesterday and I got a chance to spend the day out with my family. I’m so ready for April! The last 2 weeks in March were pretty taxing, but everything seems to be returning to somewhat “normal”. Apparently March 31st is National Oranges and Lemons Day! For today’s #SundaySupper, we are sharing with you some of our best citrus recipes. I’m absolutely loving the line up! Our fun and fabulous host is Jen from Juanita’s Cocina!

I love Oranges in my cooking and baking. I must admit, I don’t  include it enough but when I do, it’s always great. When I baked my first orange cake a few months ago, I was so impressed with the fact that I could utilize the whole orange and not just the juice OR the zest. I was very disappointed when I misplaced that recipe and could not find it in time for today’s post. I will find it, but I know it will take some time. This recipe is just as good and the syrup is a winner!


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Orange Cake with Orange Syrup #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Recipe from the book "500 Cakes" by Susannah Blake


  • 1 Orange
  • 1 1/2 Sticks Unsalted Butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 Cup Superfine Sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 1/4 Self-Rising Cake & Pastry Flour
  • 1/2 Tsp Baking gSoda
  • 4 Tbsp Ground Almond
  • Orange Syrup: The zest and juice from an orange + 1/4 Cup Granulated Suagr


  1. Preheat your oven to 375F
  2. Grease a 10 inch spring form cake pan, line with parchment and set aside
  3. Grate the zest of the orange and set aside
  4. Remove the flesh of the orange ensuring the pith and any seeds are removed. Place the flesh and any remaining juice into a food processor and blend until smooth, about 20-30 seconds
  5. In a medium bowl, sift in flour and baking soda. Set aside.
  6. In a large mixing bowl, beat the sugar and the butter. Beat the eggs one at a time until incorporated.
  7. Gradually fold in the flour until combined and then fold in the ground almond
  8. Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean
  9. Allow to cool in the pan for about 15 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack
  10. To make syrup: In a small saucepan, add orange zest, orange juice and sugar. Gradually bring to a boil then stir. Reduce heat and allow to simmer for about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Take care not to leave the saucepan unattended. Remove from heat when the syrup has a sticky consistency. It will continue to thicken as it cools


Fact: I do not enjoy eating oranges. But I will drink the juice, cook and bake with the zest, juice and flesh. Strangest thing I’ve ever heard.


Baking with oranges gives not only a pleasant aroma, and a gorgeous hue, but also a very light and fresh taste to the cake. This recipe did not require a full cup of sugar as the orange gave it additional sweetness. By itself though, this cake is not a very sweet cake. Its partner does a great job where the true sweetness is concerned.


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I’m not sure why I had not thought of blending the flesh of the orange before. Total genius. Not only do I get the juice, but I get the added fiber from the orange as well.


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Orange Cake Collage


Just so that we are clear…the cake and the syrup stay together. This cake is best served warm after the syrup has been allowed to soak into it for a few minutes. A brilliant transformation takes place and the cake just tastes that much better.


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I hope you’ve enjoyed my recipe today. Please take a look at the recipes by my fellow #SundaySupper bloggers.


Better with Citrus Breakfasts:

Big On Citrus Breads & Condiments:

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  1. You are not the only one who does not like to eat oranges. The only citrus fruit I can eat that way is grapefruit. And also like you I do not cook or bake with oranges as often as I should.
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  2. Is it bad that I can imagine putting that syrup on everything I eat?
    Jen @JuanitasCocina recently posted..Key Lime Biscotti with Key Lime Glaze ~ Citrus #SundaySupper!My Profile

  3. I used to eat oranges whole as a kid, and they left my lips all bloated. A syrup infused orange cake is a much better way! Wonderful recipe Lyn!
    Paula @ Vintage Kitchen recently posted..Lemon Blueberry Polenta Cake #SundaySupperMy Profile

  4. Love the idea of a syrup for the cake. I bet the orange just shines through on so many levels. Great job!
    Sherron@SimplyGourmet recently posted..287. Orange Pound Cake (Gluten Free) #SundaySupperMy Profile

  5. One of those cakes that you eat up and then lick the plate? Yea I think so!
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  6. Diana @GourmetDrizzles

    Great recipe! I love that the cake is not overly sweet, and that the cake and syrup go hand in had to balance each other. Can’t wait to try this one… yum!!!!!

  7. I keep wanting to try a cake like this! It sounds so good with the whole orange. Plus, syrup makes all cakes better!
    Laura Dembowski recently posted..Coconut MacaroonsMy Profile

  8. Yum! Simply, yum! I love that you used the orange in it, and not just the juice. Mmmm!
    Conni @FoodieArmyWife recently posted..Lemon or Orange Cream Mini Scones for a Citrusy #SundaySupperMy Profile

  9. I ♡ Oranges in any way, shape or form. #ThatIsAll.
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  10. Mmmm, syrup cake!
    Sarah Reid, RHNC (@jo_jo_ba) recently posted..Key Lime Truffles for a Citrusy #SundaySupperMy Profile

  11. I’ve never thought of blending up the flesh of any citrus for cakes too! So brilliant. I hate when after zesting a fruit, the rest of it is left there to harden. It kinda grosses me out. Thanks for this lovely recipe! Very homey.
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  12. I never thought of blending oranges, this is genius. This cake must be bursting with orange flavour, I can’t wait to try it.

  13. Gulp! I’ll love oranges too if I make this. Gorgeous!
    Linda | The Urban Mrs recently posted..The Ultimate Breakfast with SauceeMy Profile

  14. I love using oranges for baking too, Lyn. Orange cake, orange pancakes, orange cookies, mixing orange with chocolate…it’s all good. This cake looks amazing – I can just imagine that burst of orange syrup goodness with each bite after it’s had time to soak it all in. I’ll ignore the part of this post where you said you don’t enjoy eating oranges 😉
    Nancy @ gottagetbaked recently posted..Lemon Angel Food Trifles for a Guest PostMy Profile

  15. Sounds and looks amazing ! Craving some now ! Very pretty pics too !!
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  16. Liz

    Mmmmmmm….and that orange syrup makes this into such an elegant dessert! Beautiful cake!
    Liz recently posted..Pierre Hermé’s Olive Sablés…#FrenchFridayswithDorieMy Profile

  17. Not a fan of eating oranges either, although recently I’ve made an exception for blood oranges, go figure! This cake sounds wonderful!
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