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Lemon Orange Cake

I like to bake this lovely three-layer cake instead of a more traditional pie for Thanksgiving. It has that tangy Florida citrus flavor and isn't any more difficult to make than a two-layer cake. —Norma Poole, Auburndale, Florida
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 5 large eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons grated orange zest
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons grated lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 5-1/2 to 6 cups confectioners' sugar


  • In a bowl, cream butter, shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with dry ingredients. Beat well after each addition. Stir in extracts.
  • Pour into three greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For frosting, in a bowl, cream butter until light and fluffy. Add the orange juice, lemon juice, zest and extract; beat until well blended. Gradually add confectioners' sugar, beating until frosting reaches desired spreading consistency. Spread frosting between layers and over top and sides of cake.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 740 calories, 29g fat (16g saturated fat), 151mg cholesterol, 465mg sodium, 114g carbohydrate (86g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein.

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  • Florence
    May 10, 2020

    Are the layers supposed to be only one inch thick?

  • Julie
    Nov 2, 2018

    The cake was delicious. The frosting recipe, however, is inadequate to cover the cake. I used lemon curd in between the layers, and I still barely had enough to cover the top and sides. make at least 1 1/2 recipes.

  • Sue Zappa
    Jun 24, 2017

    Made this cake for my husband's birthday in 1993, & everyone loved it! Haven't made it since because it got lost as more TOH came & I tried those recipes!! :) Came across it today & plan to make it this week. Lots of happy people! Thank you to those of you who tried it in a 9 x 13 pan as I don't want to make a layer cake. One of our sons is coming home for 4th of July & he'll happily take the 8 x 8 cake off my hands!! :) A very refreshing cake for July 4th.

  • lid0n28
    Mar 30, 2015

    Excellent. Very tall cake as it is 3 layers. Just fit in my cake container. I did need to add a few TBs of milk to the icing in order to smooth the consistency. Will definitely make again.

  • grannyfromwisc
    Dec 25, 2014

    Okay, I did a few changes and the results were fantastic! I added grated lemon and orange peel to the batter as well as fresh lemon juice instead of the lemon extract. I did not make a 3 layer cake, instead I made a 9x13 and an 8x8 with the recipe. For the frosting, I used only 1 cup of powdered sugar and again used grated orange and lemon peel and fresh lemon and orange juice. I used 1 TBL butter softened and when spread on the warm cake created a glaze rather than a thick frosting. I found this to let the taste of the cake show through rather than the frosting. Yummy!

  • angelmaryel2
    Feb 21, 2014

    So good,and is thiferent

  • 010555
    May 21, 2012

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  • tbaxter71
    Apr 8, 2012

    I made this for a friend on their birthday and they loved it.. It is Easter and this was on the menu.. I will keep this receipt and make it over and over again.. thank you for Sharing it

  • tbaxter71
    Apr 8, 2012

    I made this cake for a friends birthday and it was so good.. Today is Easter and I am making it again.. Thank you for sharing it is a family favorite now

  • Belizemom
    Jan 12, 2012

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