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Orange Bundt Cake with Orange Glaze

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

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. 

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. This orange bundt cake has a fresh citrus taste and a creamy orange glaze.

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

Yield: 12

Orange Bundt Cake with Orange Glaze

orange bundt cake

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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Lucia smith

Thursday 10th of November 2022

I have tried to bake the orange budt cake with pure cow ghee instead of using vegetable oil. I prefer using Milkio grass-fed ghee for all culinary purposes. The ghee was delicious but it was not that fluffy. Is it happened due to the extra oily texture of ghee? Any idea please?

Carol Speake

Thursday 10th of November 2022

Hi Lucia. I have only tested the recipe with the instructions I provided. Any changes to it can make the taste and texture change as well. I can't comment on something I haven't tried to do, though.


Monday 1st of March 2021

This is in the oven now and I can hardly wait for it to be ready to eat! Just mixing it smelled heavenly!


Thursday 30th of April 2020

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

Carol Speake

Thursday 30th of April 2020

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


Wednesday 8th of April 2020

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

Thursday 9th of April 2020

Glad you enjoyed the recipe Shannon


Saturday 28th of March 2020

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

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