Sunny Orange Layer Cake Recipe
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Sunny Orange Layer Cake Recipe

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If you like orange flavor, you'll love this made-from-scratch cake. No one will ever believe that you use gelatin as the secret ingredient in both the cake and the frosting.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES:14 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES: 14 servings


  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 2-1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1 package (3 ounces) orange gelatin
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup 2% milk
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons orange gelatin powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

475 calories: 1 slice, 23g fat (10g saturated fat), 81mg cholesterol, 370mg sodium, 63g carbohydrate (42g sugars, 0g fiber), 6g protein .


  1. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in orange peel. Combine the flour, gelatin, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with orange juice and milk, beating well after each addition.
  2. Pour into two greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350° for 25-30 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. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Beat in the confectioners' sugar, gelatin powder and vanilla until blended.
  4. Place one cake layer on a serving plate; spread with frosting. Top with remaining cake layer; frost top and sides of cake. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 14 servings.
Originally published as Sunny Orange Layer Cake in Country Extra March 2008, p49

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Reviewed Dec. 17, 2012

"I made this for my son's 3rd birthday party because he said he wanted an orange cake, which is his favorite color. Definitely a hit! Very moist and full of orange flavor, both cake and icing."

Leah A
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2009

"Oh my goodness. I just made this cake for my office—I didn't make the icing, though (I had some buttercream on hand instead)—and it is delicious! So moist and flavorful, and so easy to put together! This is definitely one that I'll make again!"

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