Orange Juice Cake

With orange juice in the cake and in the glaze, this Orange Juice Cake is a delicious treat for either breakfast or dessert!

With orange juice in the cake and in the glaze, this Orange Juice Cake is a delicious treat for either breakfast or dessert!As any parent can attest, you have to reach compromises with your kids.  Several months ago, Robbie realized he could open his bedroom door by himself.  Oh boy, that led to some really “fun” evenings.  I think I went upstairs and put him back in his room at least 12 times one night.  That’s when we settled on the rule that he could only come out 1 time.  So now we put him to bed, he immediately gets back up and reads books in his room and then he eventually comes out for his “1 time.”

Last week, Laura had literally just gotten downstairs from putting him to bed when we heard his door open.  He said was ready for his 1 time, so Laura turned back around and went to tuck him in (again).  That’s when the night just turned hilarious.

With orange juice in the cake and in the glaze, this Orange Juice Cake is a delicious treat for either breakfast or dessert!As Laura got to his door, Robbie asked, “Umm, Mom?”
Laura: “Yes?”
Robbie: “Do you know the muffin man?”
Laura played this with a perfectly straight face and responded, “The one who lives on Drury Lane?”
Robbie: “Yeah.”
Laura: “Yeah, I know the muffin man.”
Robbie: “Oh, ok.”
*conversation over*

With orange juice in the cake and in the glaze, this Orange Juice Cake is a delicious treat for either breakfast or dessert!Laura returned back downstairs and we both looked at each other and busted out laughing.  Who knows what was going through Robbie’s head that night!  But he was satisfied that Mom knew the muffin man, and he went on to bed without a peep.

Orange Juice Cake

While this Orange Juice Cake isn’t a muffin, it is a delicious cake that can be served for either breakfast or dessert.  I found this recipe in my Grandmother’s recipe box.  I honestly don’t recall her ever making this cake, but I was young.  I easily could’ve forgotten.  However, this cake totally reminds me of her.  It’s a down-home Southern kitchen type of recipe that also happens to be really freakin’ delicious!

With orange juice in the cake and in the glaze, this Orange Juice Cake is a delicious treat for either breakfast or dessert!This cake calls for orange juice as one of the primary liquids, but the really unique thing is the orange juice glaze that gets poured over the cake while it’s still hot.  As soon as the cake comes out of the oven, you stab it a bunch of times with a skewer and then pour an orange juice glaze/syrup all over the top.  At first, it might seem like there’s too much liquid and you just drowned your cake.  Fear not, come back 30 minutes later, and that cake will have absorbed all of the glaze.

With orange juice in the cake and in the glaze, this Orange Juice Cake is a delicious treat for either breakfast or dessert!The result is a super moist and juicy cake.  (Yes, I recognize calling a cake ‘juicy’ seems a bit odd, but I don’t know how else to describe it.  The cake is literally soaked in juice.)  We enjoyed slices of this cake for dessert, but Laura pointed out that it would make an excellent breakfast cake as well.  To test her theory, I had a small slice the next morning with my cup of coffee.  She was right.  This Orange Juice Cake can serve as dinner dessert or breakfast dessert.  I hope you enjoy this cake as much as we do!

Did you bake this Orange Juice Cake at home?  Leave a comment, or snap a photo and tag me on Instagram (@Spicedblog).  I’d love to see your version…happy baking!

With orange juice in the cake and in the glaze, this Orange Juice Cake is a delicious treat for either breakfast or dessert!

Orange Juice Cake

With orange juice in the cake and in the glaze, this Orange Juice Cake is a delicious treat for either breakfast or dessert!
5 from 9 votes
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Resting Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings: 16 slices
Calories: 336kcal

Ingredients

For the Cake

  • cups all-purpose flour
  • cups granulated sugar
  • 1 3.4-oz. box instant lemon pudding mix
  • tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup orange juice
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil

For the Glaze

  • 1⅓ cups powdered sugar
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter melted

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Spray a 10- or 12-cup Bundt pan with nonstick baking spray; set pan aside.
  • Using an electric mixer, add flour, sugar, pudding mix, baking powder, salt and butter; mix on medium speed for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add eggs, vanilla, orange juice and vegetable oil; mix on medium speed for 1-2 minutes.
  • Pour batter into prepared Bundt pan.
  • Bake for 50-55 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out mostly clean. Let cake cool in pan.
  • Meanwhile, make the glaze by whisking powdered sugar, orange juice and melted butter together in a medium mixing bowl.
  • Using a toothpick or skewer, poke holes in the top of the cake. While cake is still in pan, pour glaze mixture over the top. Let cake rest for 30 minutes to absorb glaze.
  • Turn cake out onto serving plate.

With orange juice in the cake and in the glaze, this Orange Juice Cake is a delicious treat for either breakfast or dessert!

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28 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Well I’m all for a cake that can be eaten for breakfast!!! And dessert too!!! This looks so moist. I love that you’ve added juice to the cake and the glaze. Now about that Muffin Man….you have to wonder… It’s kind of fun to look into the history of nursery rhymes and how/why they got started, although sometimes they are kind of morbid!

    1. I agree with you about the morbidity of some nursery rhymes. I guess it kinda makes sense if you think about the bigger picture of when they were written…but still. Either way, the muffin man is a classic! And this orange juice cake? Another classic! Now I want to try this with other types of juice. Pineapple cake? Cranberry cake? Grape juice cake!? Me thinks that would be awesome!

  2. 5 stars
    I love orange cake! And anytime I can eat cake for breakfast, I am happy! 😉 Good to know Laura has a contact with the muffin man too! 😀 How cute!!!

    1. Hey Kelly! I’m with ya on the simplicity of cakes, too. I mean I don’t mind making layer cakes with frosting and all…but there is absolutely something to be said for a nice and easy cake like this. Rustic and easy in the best way possible!

    1. That’s a good point, Rahul! Orange juice always brightens things up a bit, and this cake? It definitely brightens the mood! (Well, until it’s gone…then I’m sad. Haha!)

  3. i do love a good juicy citrus-flavoured cake like this, david. yum. i’ve made similar ones where you pour over heaps of syrup and think OMG it’s ruined but no! delish i bet.

    1. Oh, this cake is SO good, Sherry. I took it to the curling club, and I had several people ask for the recipe. It’s rustic and easy in the best way possible…and it’s packed with so much flavor! Thanks so much!

  4. Haha-Laura and Robbies interjection gave me a chuckle as well – though I got to wondering, was Robbie referring to you when he talked about the muffin man? I mean you are the one baking all sorts of treats – cupcakes /muffins and glorious cakes like this! Wow this sounds and looks delicious! And yes- I’d definitely have this for breakfast!

    1. Haha! While I do like making muffins, I think Robbie was talking about the actual muffin man…you know, the one who lives on Drury Lane. 🙂 However, I would gladly take the title Muffin Man if someone wanted to bestow that upon me. Thanks, Shashi!

    1. Kids really are hilarious! As a parent yourself, I’m sure you know that. The days can be challenging, but then they drop a bomb like “Do you know the muffin man?” I seriously crack up thinking about that. Thanks so much for the kind words, Michelle! I do highly recommend this cake. It’s delicious!

  5. 5 stars
    My granny used to make a very similar orange cake, I just don’t remember her using the instant pudding. She likely did though.
    We don’t see lemon pudding here, just vanalli and chocolate. I’m thinking of trying your cake recipe, but using vanilla and then a bit of lemon juice. What do you think David (aka Mr. Muffin Man)?

    1. You should totally try adding pudding to cakes, Ron. I think vanilla pudding would be just fine here, and then just a bit of lemon juice would bring it back around. Maybe ~2-3 tablespoons? You don’t want too much extra liquid, but I think that amount would be fine. This cake really is a down-home type of recipe – just like Grandma used to make! Or just like the Muffin Man used to make. Haha!

  6. If a recipe came from a Grandmother’s recipe box, then it HAS to be good! The cake looks moist and delectable. Wish I had a slice right now… with a hot cup of coffee. Have a lovely day.

    1. I’m totally with ya on Grandma’s recipes! The old recipe box is a treasure chest of great stuff. 🙂 This cake is absolutely fantastic, too. I highly recommend it…and it would go great with a mug of coffee! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!

  7. 5 stars
    Robbie sounds like such a character, David! I love that you guys compromised on the ‘one time’.

    I also love this orange juice cake! As you said, perfect for a decadent breakfast or dessert. Delicious!

    1. Haha! Our house is all about the compromise. One time out of your room (which we seem to have broken that habit recently…awesome), one more minute to play, one more slice of cake. Ok, that last one might have been a compromise for me, but still. 🙂 Thanks, Marissa!

    1. Kids are a lot of fun. They are absolutely exhausting, but they are also a lot of fun. 🙂 And this cake? Robbie and I both enjoy it no matter the time of day!

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