Orange Grove Cake Recipe
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Orange Grove Cake Recipe

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A few years ago, I won Best in Show in the Western Idaho State Fair for this citrusy cake with its luscious filling and creamy frosting. It’s bursting with great orange flavor from top to bottom.—Amanda Bowyer, Caldwell, Idaho
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 55 min. + chilling Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 55 min. + chilling Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-3/4 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange peel
  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2/3 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 3 egg yolks, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • SYRUP:
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 602 calories, 26g fat (16g saturated fat), 156mg cholesterol, 379mg sodium, 88g carbohydrate (65g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in orange juice and peel. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to the creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition.
  2. Transfer to two greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. For filling, in a small saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch. Stir in orange juice and water until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1 minute or until thickened. Remove from the heat.
  4. Stir a small amount of hot mixture into egg yolks; return all to the pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir 1 minute longer. Remove from the heat; gently stir in the lemon juice, orange peel and salt. Cool to room temperature without stirring. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  5. For syrup, in a small saucepan, bring the sugar, water and orange juice to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes or until reduced to about 1/2 cup. Remove from the heat; stir in extract. Cool.
  6. For frosting, in a large bowl, beat butter until light and fluffy. Add the remaining ingredients; beat until smooth.
  7. Cut each cake horizontally into two layers. Place bottom layer on a serving plate; brush with 2 tablespoons syrup and spread with 1/3 cup filling. Repeat layers twice. Top with remaining cake layer; brush with remaining syrup. Frost top and sides of cake. Yield: 16 servings.
Originally published as Orange Grove Cake in The Taste of Home Cookbook 2009

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Reviewed Nov. 17, 2013

"Wow, this is a great cake. Perhaps a little fussy to make, but fun if you enjoy baking. And the result is worth every minute, every dirty dish, every calorie. Bursting with citrus flavor, perfect texture. This is a winner."

Reviewed Jan. 13, 2013

"Lol! I have been reading the reviews.. My husband does say I make a lot of dirty dishes, but I'm the best cook around! :) And I love complicated recipes! I love a challenge!"

Reviewed Mar. 8, 2012

"I was very disappointed in this recipe. It was fussy to make and dirtied a lot of dishes and pots and pans. Took most of the day to finally put it together."

Reviewed Mar. 5, 2012

"The cake was absolutely delicious!! Thank you for sharing, daisymay32!!

And all you naysayers ---- Have a good day!!"

Reviewed Mar. 4, 2012

"I made it and hated it threw away the recipe"

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