Amazing Orange Loaf Cake

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Amazing Orange Loaf Cake Topped with Orange Icing Glaze, Sliced Orange on Background
Amazing Orange Loaf Cake

I love a good loaf cake and my amazing orange loaf cake is no exception! What a welcome burst of orange flavoured sunshine this was in the middle of a seriously cold winter here. Sometimes you just have to bake up something that cheers you up with the mere taste of it – and that’s what this orange bread did. 

This orange loaf cake is perfect in the middle of winter.

Oranges are cheap, cheerful and plentiful this time of year, which is exactly why we should be cooking and baking with them. I avoided oranges for a few years like most children of the 80’s did, as when we grew up we had limited choices for our lunches during the winter. Apples and oranges. That was it when I was growing up as a kid however now we have access to so many fruits during the winter thanks to shipping expansions and new ways of growing and storing fruit. You also might have eaten this orange loaf cake when you were a kid since lemons were probably pretty expensive for our moms to buy in the middle of winter. Here’s a good post about fruit in the winter and has some great tips about oranges as well for those that want to learn more.

Close up Orange Loaf Cake Topped with Orange Icing Glaze, Sliced Orange on Background

How can I pick the best oranges to use in this recipe?

Oh winter oranges, just because we have you in the stores doesn’t mean that you are always good quality! Navel oranges can be hard, juice-less and downright nasty in the middle of winter. I have good luck usually with Sunkist when I can find them, it seems that there is a better quality to them when they have that label. Cara Cara oranges are also a good bet for juice and flavour, they are slightly pink inside as well. When it comes down to picking a good orange to use, try to detect which ones are really thick skinned and avoid them at all costs- those are always terrible inside. If you can, try to find Florida grown oranges, those are usually the best but when everything is off season you’re going to have to look extra hard for good oranges.

Top down shot of Sliced Orange Loaf Cake Topped with Orange Icing Glaze, Sliced Orange on the side

Orange Loaf Cake Tips & Tricks

  • Find oranges with the brightest, best color on the outside. Smell the oranges when you are picking them. Sometimes you can get a really good sense of the orange inside when it smells very fragrant. That also means that the oils in the peel are strong, which means you will get a strong flavour when you zest it.
  • Pick the freshest, best oranges that you can find for this cake.
  • Look for oranges that have healthy peel on the outside, remember that you are going to zest the peel so look for skin that is unblemished.
  • This loaf cake will stay in a container for 3 days at room temperature, refrigerating it will make it hard. I am sure your family will eat it up within those 3 days.
  • Make sure to use my Orange Icing Glaze on this orange loaf cake, it is the best! If you want to mix and match maybe try out my Lemon Icing Glaze for a crazy good citrus loaf cake!

Happy baking everyone! If you are looking for another great recipe, try my Mom’s Best Banana Bread. It’s my favourite!



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Amazing Orange Loaf Cake

 I love a good loaf cake and my amazing orange loaf cake is no exception! The orange icing glaze on top makes this perfectly sweet and tangy!

4.9 from 47 votes
Top down shot of Sliced Orange Loaf Cake Topped with Orange Icing Glaze, Sliced Orange on the side
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Total Time
1 hour 10 minutes
Karlynn Johnston


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons orange zest
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • orange icing glaze


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 °F. Grease a standard loaf pan ( 9x5x3 inches approximately) and set aside.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until creamy and smooth. Beat in the eggs, one at at a time until fully combined. Mix in the orange zest and juice until combined.

  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add into the butter mixture and stir until mixed in well. 

  4. Spoon into the prepared loaf pan, smoothing out the top. BBake for 55-60 minutes or until a cake tester or toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let cool until you can touch the pan safely. Turn out onto a rack to cool completely.

  5. Glaze with my Orange Icing Glaze when fully cooled.

Recipe Notes

Try to find the best, most flavourful oranges for this recipe but if all else fails, use the orange zest from a fresh orange and use orange juice from a carton for a great orange taste.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 272kcal, Carbohydrates: 41g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 61mg, Sodium: 213mg, Potassium: 170mg, Sugar: 21g, Vitamin A: 370IU, Vitamin C: 8.7mg, Calcium: 60mg, Iron: 1.4mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Karlynn Johnston

I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the Canadian prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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  1. J says

    Was a dry bread. Cooked it for 50 min. Followed every direction.

  2. Diane says

    I poked some holes in the loaf so that the glaze could seep down into it. Yummy!!
    Thanks for this recipe.5 stars

  3. Rin says

    As always, delicious recipe! Made it again tonight and doubled the recipe to make two loaves, added a tsp of cinnamon and a cream cheese glaze for a festive twist. Keep up your awesome work!5 stars

  4. fer estrada says

    in my oven it needed about 45 minutes or so, i made the icing but added cardamom seeds instead, just to add it a little twist, my batter was way too dense and the final result was too, feel like it could have been fluffier, maybe it was the mold used, anyway, taste was really good

  5. Anais says

    Hi this was delicious!!! I used margarine instead of butter and a little less flour and brown sugar instead of white and it was beautiful and delicious still !! Perfect

  6. Mitchella says

    I love this cake! Thanks for sharing your recipes with us.

  7. Dee says

    Very good cake. Text is spot on. Dense, yet moist and flavorful. I was worried about flavor since the ingredient list is minimal but it’s great. I wouldn’t change a thing about this recipe. Except eat it in the morning with coffee.
    I baked it to just barley done. Cooled it with plastic wrap draped over top on a wire rack. Maybe that helped keep the moisture in.5 stars

  8. marie says

    Love the taste and very simple to make . I just find it very dry, any help on how to make it a bit more moist?

  9. Anisah says

    This is the loaf that my husband dubbed the best orange cake he’s ever tasted. It’s my second time making it, upon his request and I can’t praise it enough. I reduced the sugar to 3/4cups, and gave half whole wheat flour and used trans fat free margarine because I needed it dairy free. Didn’t do the icing and and didn’t miss it. Thanks for the great recipe!5 stars

  10. Eab says

    Try using self rising flour instead of all purpose flr, baking powder and salt. Salt can cause rasping agents to not react.

  11. Terry says

    I just made this today. Followed directions exactly. Only took 50 minutes in my oven. It looked nice when I took it out, however after it cooled, it fell. It’s about 2 inches high now. I haven’t tasted it yet. My fear is that it’s going to be dense. I’ve baked a lot, not sure what went wrong.

    • Christine says

      Your baking soda is no good . Throw it out , that is why your bread fell .

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