Craving warm weather and something sweet? Enjoy a little slice of summertime all year long with this three layer fluffy, orange cake with zesty cream cheese frosting.
Ok so you know how back in June I made that chocolate sheet cake for my Dad's birthday? Well! My mom's birthday is coming up in August so you know what that means.
I asked her what she wanted and she specifically remembered an orange cake from back when she was kid. Challenge. Accepted 👊🏻. Hopefully this version delivers! Spoiler: I think it will. Let us discuss.
How To Get That Zesty Orange Flavor
First, freshly squeezed orange juice, orange zest, AND orange extract are all mixed into the batter.
Second, more orange zest and orange extract whisked up in that cream cheese butter cream topping 😍. And when I say orange zest, I mean so much orange zest. Don't skimp on it! Without it, you'll lose a lot of the flavoring.
Important Ingredients and Equipment
What you'll need for a succesful orange cake with zesty cream cheese frosting:
- Orange extract - Absolutely necessary. This will really deepen the orange flavor.
- Vanilla paste - For the butter cream frosting. It adds those pretty black dots and extra yums.
- Offset icing spatula - REALLY helps with frosting a cake. Trust me.
FAQs About This Recipe
Yup! Check out my freezing and storage notes below.
More orange zest. I would stay away from any extra liquids as that'll mess with the crumb of the cake/the density of the frosting. But adding more orange zest a tablespoon at a time is a safe bet!
Orange and white sanding sugar, fresh orange slices, and white cilantro flowers. I ran out of white strawberry flowers, don't judge me 🤣.
Freezing and Storage
One of the great things about layer cakes is that you can absolutely make them ahead of time, up to a point. Basically, you can store this orange cake *UNFROSTED*, with each layer wrapped in saran wrap and then put in an airtight container. Place in the fridge for up to 5 to 6 days (a week-ish really. It can last longer but it won't taste as good), and the freezer up to 3 months. When ready to serve, let the layers thaw completely and then assemble, frost, and decorate.
As for refrigerating and freezing leftovers after you've assembled and served the cake: wrap in saran wrap to the best of your ability to maintain moisture, and place in an airtight container. Refrigerate up to 4 days, and freeze up to 3 months.
Other Orange Based Recipes
Still have a surplus of oranges? I got you covered ⤵.
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