Orange Bundt Cake with Orange Glaze

,My husband loves any type of dessert that is made with fruit.  Lemon meringue pies, orange cheesecakes, apple crumble – you name it, if it has fruit in it, he’ll love it.  This Orange Bundt Cake with a light orange glaze is my latest attempt at pleasing his sweet tooth.This orange bundt cake has a fresh citrus taste and a creamy orange glaze.

There is something just amazing about the taste of citrus flavors in a cake. It adds a bright fresh taste that makes you wonder why you relied so much on a lot of sugar in other recipes to make your cakes taste great.Slice of orange bundt cake

Let’s get started on the Orange Bundt Cake by getting out the ingredients.

I used cake flour to make this cake.  It ends up making a lighter cake.  Light cake plus the lightness of oranges is a match made in heaven! Also, this looks like a lot of orange zest but don’t skimp on that part. That is what gives the cake its amazing orange color and taste!Ingredients for the Orange bundt CakeWhisk the dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet ones in another.  Look at those pretty colors!

Mix your dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet ones in another.

One of the keys to making this cake light is to be careful not to over mix it.  I used a stand mixer to combine my wet ingredients but went very slowly and for just a short time to fold in the dry ingredients. A paddle attachment helps to make sure you don’t over-mix the dry ingredients. Once your batter is mixed, pour it into a prepared bundt cake pan. 

One of the things that I love most about this cake is that it is not overly sweet.  The orange juice and zest give it a rich citrusy flavor so that one cup of sugar is all that sweetens the whole cake.  

Let’s make The Glaze for this yummy cake!

The orange bundt cake is amazing on its own, but what self respecting bundt cake is made without a silky glaze?  Fresh baked orange bundt cake

The glaze is so easy to make.  It only takes 3 ingredients: confectioners’ sugar, fresh orange juice, and pure vanilla extract. Mix it up, and drizzle it over the cake lightly.  A citrus zester zests some bright orange peel to decorate. There you have it – a fruit dessert that is just bundt cake with orange glaze

Each bite of this amazing cake is full of the flavor of oranges that is just delightful. Most of all, the glaze gives some extra sweetness without all the extra calories that frosting a whole cake does. The taste? It is just amazing!Take a bite of this orange bundt cake

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Be sure to visit my Sweet Endings Board On Pinterest. It is packed with yummy desserts that make the perfect ending to any special meal.


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Orange Bundt Cake with Orange Glaze

Orange Bundt Cake with Orange Glaze

This Orange Bundt Cake with a light orange glaze is my latest attempt at pleasing his sweet tooth.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


For the Cake:

  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice - about 2-3 oranges
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • orange zest from the oranges used above

For the Glaze:

  • 1 1/4 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

To Decorate:

  • Orange Zest


For the Cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F and prepare the bundt cake pan by greasing and flouring it well. I like to use Baker's Joy for easy release.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, and sea salt until well combined. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the granulated sugar, eggs, milk, orange juice, orange zest, vanilla extract and oil.
  4. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients using a paddle attachment, until combined. Be careful not to over mix.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared bundt cake and bake for about 40-45 minutes until lightly golden brown, It is done when a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean.
  6. Remove from oven and let cool to room temperature and then remove and place on a wire rack to cool completely.

For the Orange Glaze:

  1. Mix all the ingredients until well combined.
  2. Drizzle slowly on the cooled cake.
  3. Grate some orange zest lightly on the cake and serve.

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  16 comments for “Orange Bundt Cake with Orange Glaze

  1. Patricia
    03/26/2017 at 8:20 pm

    Make this last night yummy

    • Carol
      03/26/2017 at 9:47 pm

      Glad you liked it Patricia. Carol

  2. Kate
    02/11/2018 at 10:22 pm

    Baking this cake right now:)

  3. Norm
    02/13/2018 at 12:34 pm

    Came out great, but I upped it to 1-1/2 cups of sugar — everyone’s sweet-tooth is different, and I’ll wager the recipe could handle even more.

    • Carol
      02/14/2018 at 12:12 pm

      Hi Norm. I always err on the low side for sugar in my recipes. (I love sugar but it doesn’t love me!) Glad the recipe worked for you with the adjustment! Carol

  4. Jordan
    04/13/2018 at 8:35 am

    Absolutely loved this recipe. Exchanged the oil for butter, hoping for an outcome similar to a cake I used to make but couldn’t find the recipe for. Came out perfect!

    • Carol
      04/13/2018 at 10:47 am

      Picture looks great. Glad you liked the recipe Jordan. Carol

  5. Sue Kelley
    04/15/2018 at 2:57 pm

    It’s in the oven now but I’m worried. The batter seemed really thin for a cake. I don’t have a standing mixer so I mixed by hand in order not to over mix. Will let you know the results!

    • Sue Kelley
      04/15/2018 at 3:31 pm

      I doubted you for nothing! It baked, it rose, it’s gorgeous!

      • Carol
        04/16/2018 at 11:30 am

        So glad to hear Sue. Sometimes I look at a cake batter and wonder how it will turn out. Glad this one did not disappoint! Carol

  6. Josie
    03/28/2020 at 12:38 pm

    Love this recipe. Just the right amount of sweetness and orange flavour.
    I made them in mini form and they turned out great.

  7. Shannon
    04/08/2020 at 2:59 am

    I had a couple left over oranges and looked for a cake recipe. This was perfect – easy ingredients, delicious, and simple to prepare. I bake a lot – this turned out so well! It has a beautiful breakfast pastry appeal. My kids asked me to bake it every week.

    • Carol Speake
      04/09/2020 at 11:55 am

      Glad you enjoyed the recipe Shannon

  8. Laura
    04/30/2020 at 6:24 pm

    Just curious which oranges do you find give this beautiful cake the most vibrant flavor?

    • Carol Speake
      04/30/2020 at 7:17 pm

      It has been a while since I made the cake but I think the last time I used very ripe navels.

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