Easy Orange Cake Recipe with Nutella Glaze

A delicious moist Orange Cake recipe covered with an amazing creamy Nutella glaze that sure won’t last the second day! A perfect recipe for any occasion.

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Orange Cake Recipe with Nutella Glaze

I can’t even begin to describe how moist, fluffy and fruity it is. The orange scent fills the kitchen while baking it. It’s like heaven! It contains a whole orange, zest, and all (no seeds).

Since we use oil instead of butter to add moisture, it’s important to beat the eggs correctly to get a light and fluffy crumb. This is the only step to adding air to the cake, so I like to use my mixer for extra power. You will beat the eggs and sugar on high speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.

The great thing about using a mixer is that this orange cake recipe only requires one bowl! Once your eggs are fluffy, turn the mixer to low and slowly add the oil. Once combined, add the orange zest, and continue beating slowly until combined. Add the flour, oil, and orange juice in small batches alternating, being careful not to over mix the batter.

Easy Orange Cake Recipe with Nutella Glaze sliced on a plate

How to make this cake and glaze

It’s fairly easy to make and you won’t believe how moist and delicious it is. It’s perfect for birthday parties, tea parties, or just any time treat for the family!

Ingredients:

Cake

  • Oranges – You are going to use fresh oranges for the juice and also use the zest.
  • Sugar – Granulate sugar
  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking powder
  • Eggs
  • Vegetable oil.
  • Vanilla Extract

Glaze

  • Cream cheese at room temperature
  •  Nutella
  • Icing sugar (Powdered sugar)
  • Pinch of salt

Directions

Pre-heat the oven to 350 ºF – 180 ºC. And grease and flour a 9-inch pan.

The Cake

1. In a large mixing bowl and stand mixer, beat the eggs until foamy and start adding little by little the sugar. Incorporate the orange zest and vanilla extract. You won’t believe the amazing scent.

2. In a small bowl mix four and baking powder.

3. Now start adding the flour mixture, oil and fresh orange juice in small batches. First a few spoons of flour then a bit of oil and then a bit of orange juice until you have added all.

4. Mix for about 1 more minute and turn the mixer off. The batter will be thin, so don’t worry.

5. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and bake it for 45-60 minutes. The cake will rise a lot, sometimes it’s scary, we may think it will come out of the pan but it’s ok, once done and out of the oven it will shrink a bit.

the orange cake in the oven almost ready

6. Make sure you don’t open the oven before 40 minutes, this batter is very sensitive LOL. After that time you can insert a tooth stick and check if it comes clean or not.

7. Once done let it cool completely in the pan.

the orange cake coming out of the oven resting

The Glaze

8. In a medium bowl of a stand mixer over medium-high speed, beat the cream cheese until fluffy and light. That should be about 3-4 minutes. Scrap the sides every once in a while.

9. Add the salt and start adding the icing sugar and mix well for about one more minute and add the Nutella mixing for about another minute or 2 on slow speed.

10. Let it set for a few minutes in the fridge.

11. Cover the cake with the glaze {you may even fill the cake}.

12. You can optionally decorate the cake with orange slices or chocolate chips.

Serve and enjoy!

Orange cake removed from pan and ready for topping with Nutella glaze

What do you think?

Easy Orange Cake Recipe with Nutella Glaze with a slice served on a dish

Have you made a cake like this orange cake and covered it with Nutella glazed???

Easy Orange Cake Recipe covered with Nutella Glaze and served on a black and white dish

Baking Tips

  • Use a very fine grater for the orange zest. Only grate the orange skin, not the white pith. I find it easier to zest the oranges before juicing them.
  • I recommend a stand mixer for this recipe. There is a large volume of batter and I find that a stand mixer with a paddle attachment works best.
  • Make sure you grease your bundt pan (or spring pan) really well. I like to use a non-stick spray that contains flour wiring to spray the pan until right before you add the batter. Or you can grease with butter and add flour and spread well.
  • Allow the cake to cool in the pan on a wire rack for at least 30 minutes before removing the cake from the pan.

Serving and Storage

Serving: It’s best served at room temperature for the best flavor and texture.

Storage: The cake and stay at cool room temperature for up to 2 days well covered as long as is not glazed. It can be refrigerated for up to 4 days. The cake may also be frozen (double-wrapped) for up to 3 months again without glaze.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Freeze this Orange Cake?

Yes, this orange cake freezes perfectly. Make sure you double-wrapped it so it doesn’t dry out.

Why use Fresh Oranges?

I highly recommend using fresh oranges for this cake. Just like in my lime pie, using fresh citrus really helps the flavor burst through in each bite. I recommend using the zest from the same number of oranges, used for juicing.

How do I tell if my cake is done?

You can use the toothpick test as long as it has passed at least 3 thirds of the time. Insert into the middle of the cake and it should come out clean. When touched, the top of the cake should spring back

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Orange Cake Recipe with Nutella Glaze

Camila Rojas
A delicious moist orange cake covered with an amazing creamy Nutella glaze that sure won't last the second day! A perfect recipe for any occasion.
4 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Traditional
Servings 12

Ingredients
  

The Cake

  • 2 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp of baking powder
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup of orange juice
  • Orange zest from 1 orange
  • ½ cup of vegetable oil.
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract

The Glaze

  • 4 Oz Cream cheese at room temperature
  • 200 gr. Of Nutella {small jar}
  • ½ cup of icing sugar
  • pinch of salt

Instructions
 

  • Pre-heat the oven to 350 ºF – 180 ºC. And grease and flour a 9-inch pan.

THE CAKE

  • In a large mixing bowl and stand mixer, beat the eggs until foamy and start adding little by little the sugar. Incorporate the orange zest and vanilla extract. You won’t believe the amazing scent.
  • In a small bowl mix four and baking powder.
  • Now start adding the flour mixture, oil and fresh orange juice in small batches. First a few spoons of flour then a bit of oil and then a bit of orange juice until you have added all.
  • Mix for about 1 more minute and turn the mixer off. The batter will be thin, so don’t worry.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and bake it for 45-60 minutes. The cake will rise a lot, sometimes it’s scary, we may think it will come out of the pan but it’s ok, once done and out of the oven it will shrink a bit.
  • Make sure you don’t open the oven before 40 minutes, this batter is very sensitive LOL. After that time you can insert a tooth stick and check if it comes clean or not.
  • Once done let it cool completely in the pan.

THE GLAZE

  • In a medium bowl of a stand mixer over medium-high speed, beat the cream cheese until fluffy and light. That should be about 3-4 minutes. Scrap the sides every once in a while.
  • Add the salt and start adding the icing sugar and mix well for about one more minute and add the Nutella mixing for about another minute or 2 on slow speed.
  • Let it set for a few minutes in the fridge.
  • Cover the cake with the glaze {you may even fill the cake}.
  • You can optionally decorate the cake with orange slices or chocolate chips.
  • Serve and enjoy!
Keyword nutella glaze, orange cake

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32 Comments

  1. Hi! I really prefer using butter instead vegetable oil. Is there any way I can replace the vegetable oil with butter?

    1. To be really honest I don’t know. I have never done it, not even thought about it. The butter has this specific taste that I’m not entirely sure if it would also modify the orange taste. I learned to make this recipe with my mom when I was really young and have never modify it one bit so I don’t think I can be much of a help. You may need to try and see if it works with melted butter but as I said I have never done it so I have no idea what outcome might be!

      Sorry about that.
      Hugs

    1. Thank you for letting me know this. It might be something about ovens being different. I have baked that cake several times, is one of my family favorites and I’ve never baked for more than 45 minutes. But I’ll edit the recipe and say that baking time may vary from 45 to 60 minutes so more people know. It’s good to have feedback so I know how the recipe behaves to different people. THANK YOU!!! I’m editing it now!!!
      Hugs!

      1. Dear cami, tq for replying so quickly. I’ll be trying again the recipe this weekend but i cannot seem to get to the recipe when i go to ur website.

        1. Oh dear!!! There was a mistake in the link click to continue reading! It’s fixed now!!! Thanks again for taking the time to let me know things so I can fix them!
          Hope you your cake turns out even better than mine!!!
          Hugs

          1. Tq dearie for fixing the link. What a relief!yes hopefully the cake will turn out better than before. Its 11.35pm now in malaysia so im gonna getcsome beauty sleep. Hugs to u too.

  2. This looks amazing! My family would gobble it up before I even had a chance to have a bite. We go through nutella like crazy in our house. Thanks for liking up to the Be. YOU. tiful link party :)

    1. hahaha That is what happened here! I barely could taste it! You will love this glaze it really tastes as nutella =D haha it’s almost only nutella LOL. Thanks so much for your sweet visit!
      XOXO

  3. Oh sounds and looks delish! I would have to have at least two slices to decide if it is worth eating lol. Thanks for sharing this orange cake with nutella glaze with us! nom nom nom

  4. I’ve never tried mixing orange and Nutella flavours before – I bet the result is amazing! And I love how tall your cake is – mine never turn out that huge. I’ll definitely have to try out your recipe :)

  5. Oh, Cami! This cake looks amazing! I love the flavors you put together! I’d be thrilled if you linked this up to my Creative Ways Link Party that goes live tonight at 8pm central. Hope to see you there!
    Blessings,
    Nici

  6. these are two of my all-time favorite flavors! And I think orange is such a great alternative for pumpkin shaped cakes, instead of everything pumpkin flavored! Can’t wait to try it!