Orange pound cake is packed with sweet citrus flavor! It is made with staple ingredients in just a few minutes hands-on time.

This orange pound cake is incredibly moist. It’s got a vibrant, delicate orange zest, and it’s covered with a sweet orange glaze to make it irresistible!

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As the weather starts to get sunnier, I like to introduce fun and light flavors into my baking. It’s easy to celebrate spring with a delicious and simple orange pound cake.

Every bite – from the moist cake to the vibrant icing to the very last crumb – tastes like spring!

The light and citrusy flavor of orange is fresh and happy, like springs itself. Which makes orange pound cake the perfect dessert to serve at celebrations like Easter and Mother’s Day. However, you don’t need to save it just for holidays – it’s so easy to make that you can turn any day into a special occasion!

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Pound cake is a classic recipe for dense, moist and delicious cake made from staple ingredients – butter, flour, sugar, eggs and milk. Whether you serve Cinnamon Pound Cake, Lemon Pound Cake, Apple Pound Cake, or Chocolate Chip Pound Cake, you’re sure to have a dessert than everyone will enjoy and rave about.

Check out my pound cake guide for tips that will ensure your cake is perfect!

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Orange Pound Cake

Pound cakes must be my love language. I love how I can whip up a cake so fast and have a delicious and gorgeous treat to serve at breakfast, a brunch, or for dessert. And if there are leftovers, it slices up for an indulgent snack the next day!

Why You’ll Love It

  • Brunch, Snack, or Dessert – Pound cake is so versatile and a tasty hit year-round!
  • Simple Ingredients – Traditionally, pound cakes are made with simple ingredients, but result in a decadent, rich treat you’ll love. No leavening agent required!
  • Gorgeous to Serve – It’s pretty amazing that something so easy and quick to make is so delicious and beautiful!

Orange pound cake is buttery, moist and dense with flecks of orange zest throughout the cake. The icing is flavored with orange juice, making it smooth and bright. Its adds one more layer of moisture and complements the cake perfectly.

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Orange Pound Cake Ingredients

  • Butter – Salted or unsalted, your preference, at room temperature.
  • Sugar – White granulated sugar not only sweetens pound cake, but also aids in the leavening process when mixing with butter.
  • Eggs – At room temperature for best results.
  • Flour – All purpose flour is alternated with milk to give it a luxurious consistency.
  • Milk – Any milk from skim to vitamin D works well.
  • Orange Zest – Use zest of naval oranges, mandarin oranges or clementine for sweet orange flavor.
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Orange Glaze

  • Butter – Salted or unsalted, your preference.
  • Powdered Sugar – Also known as confectioner’s sugar, it gives the glaze a smooth consistency.
  • Orange Juice – Freshly squeezed or store-bought, your preference.
A glass bottle of orange glaze, with a small orange beside it

Variations

  • Add your choice of nut to the batter, or just sprinkle nuts on the icing.
  • Mix in mini chocolate chips for an orange and chocolate pound cake!
  • Add poppy seeds to the batter for that slight nutty flavor and crunch.
  • Bake in mini loaf pans for darling orange pound cakes. Cut baking time to 50 minutes.

How to Make Orange Pound Cake

  1. Prep – Preheat oven and grease loaf pan.
  2. Beat Butter and Sugar – In a large mixing bowl, beat until light in color. This aerates the mixture and adds rise without a leavening agent. butter and sugar on beater
  3. Add Eggs One at a Time – Mix on low, and just until incorporated.
  4. Alternate Flour and Milk – Continue mixing on low while alternately adding flour and milk.pound cake batter on beater
  5. Add Orange Zest – Gently fold in zest for bright flavor and a pop of color.pound cake batter in glass mixing bowl
  6. Bake – Pour into prepared pan. Bake. Allow to cool on a wire rack. Invert to remove. pound cake batter in gold loaf pan
  7. Glaze – Combine melted butter, powdered sugar and orange juice until smooth and pour over pound cake.
A glass bottle of orange glaze, pouring over an orange pound cake.

Loaf Pans

  • 1 Pound Loaf Pan – Make as directed.
  • Citrus Loaf Pan – This loaf pan is a little smaller. Fill a miniature loaf with excess batter. When cake has cooled, trim off excess from rise and invert to remove.

Serving Suggestions

  • Garnish with fresh fruit, such as strawberries or blueberries, at a breakfast or brunch.
  • Serve with whipped cream and then sprinkle with toasted coconut.
  • A la mode – with creamy vanilla ice cream.
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Tips

  • Cream Butter and Sugar Until Light and Fluffy – This recipe doesn’t use a leavening agent, so this will aid in rise.
  • Use Only Orange Zest – White rind is bitter in flavor.
  • Bake at 300 Degrees – This cake is baked low and slow. It ensures the cake bakes evenly all the way through, without over baking the exterior.
  • Coat the Pan – Spray the loaf pan really well, getting into the corners so that the cake releases effortlessly.
  • Scaling up, down or substituting? You’ll love this printable Measurement Conversion Chart!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is a pound cake the same as a sponge cake?

No, a pound cake is moist and dense while a sponge cake is lighter and has a spongy consistency because the egg whites are whipped.

When do I remove a pound cake from the pan?

Let the cake cool in the pan for at least 15-20 minutes so it can firm up. Then gently turn the pan over to release the cake. If you used enough spray oil, the cake should slide right out.

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How to Store

  • Room Temperature – Store in an airtight container or covered for up to 5 days. You want to keep all the moisture inside! Individually sliced pound cake keeps for 3 to 4 days, covered or wrapped.
  • Refrigerate  Store covered or in an airtight container up to 7 days in the refrigerator. Make sure that the side that has been cut is covered with plastic.
  • Freeze  Wrap pound cake in plastic wrap then add an extra layer of aluminum foil or put in a freezer bag to prevent frost and to keep freezer odors from getting into your cake. Freeze up to 3 months. Bring to room temperature when ready to eat.
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What to Do with Leftovers

  • Make French ToastClassic or Crème Brûlée French Toast
  • Freeze Individual Slices – They make a great last minute snack!
  • Make a Trifle – Cut into cubes and layer with pudding, whipped cream and fresh fruit.

Dietary Considerations

  • Nut Free
  • Vegetarian
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5 from 5 votes

Orange Pound Cake

Classic pound cake with bright orange flavor! Dense and delicious with a tender crumb and picture perfect slice.
Prep: 10 minutes
+ time to frost and decorate: 1 hour 20 minutes
Total: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 10
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Ingredients  

  • 2 cups butter softened
  • cups white granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs room temperture
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons orange zest

Orange Glaze

  • 6 tablespoons butter melted
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • cup orange juice fresh squeezed or store bought

Optional

  • 1 teaspoon orange zest

Instructions 

  • Grease a 1 pound loaf pan and preheat oven to 300°F.
  • In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer, beat butter until light in color and fluffy (about 3 minutes).
  • Gradually incorporate sugar.
  • Add eggs one at a time on low. Scrape the bowl down, if needed.
  • Alternate adding flour and milk until just incorporated. Add orange zest.
  • Pour batter into loaf pan. Bake 1 hour 20 minutes or until a toothpick in the center comes out clean.
  • Allow cake to cool on wire rack. Invert to release.

Orange Glaze

  • In a medium mixing bowl combine butter, powdered sugar and orange juice. Pour over cooled cake.

Tips

Tips

  • Cream Butter and Sugar Until Light and Fluffy – This recipe doesn’t use a leavening agent, so this will aid in rise.
  • Use Only Orange Zest – White rind is bitter in flavor.
  • Bake at 300 Degrees – This cake is baked low and slow. It ensures the cake bakes evenly all the way through, without over baking the exterior.
  • Coat the Pan – Spray the loaf pan really well, getting into the corners so that the cake releases effortlessly.

How To Store

  • Room Temperature – Store in an airtight container or covered for up to 5 days. 
  • Refrigerate – Cover cake using plastic wrap and store in an airtight container up to 7 days refrigerated.
  • Freeze – Wrap pound cake in plastic wrap and place in a freezer bag to prevent frost and to keep freezer odors from getting into your cake. Freeze up to 3 months. Bring to room temperature to enjoy.

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Calories: 676kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 45g | Saturated Fat: 28g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 172mg | Sodium: 414mg | Potassium: 81mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 67g | Vitamin A: 1483IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 1mg

Estimated nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed.

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14 Comments

  1. What makes this rise? There’s no baking powder or baking soda, and you’re using all-purple flour.

    1. Hi Shirley,
      Classic pound cakes generally do not have baking powder or baking soda. The concept originates from the idea of one pound of each ingredient: butter, flour, sugar and eggs – relying on air and eggs for the rise. Of course there are many variations now and some current recipes include a little baking powder or soda. We have found that they don’t rise much even when including it though- it’s meant to be a rich, dense cake.
      I hope that helps, and I hope you’ll try this recipe!
      Julie

  2. I am anxious to try your “Orange Pound Cake ” Recipe , ASAP ! I JUST BELIEVE THAT IT’LL BE DELIGHTFUL. ALSO , WILL YOU SUBMIT A RECIPE FOR SOME CHIFFON CUPCAKES WITH VANILLA, CHOC.,OR STRAWBERRY ICING???