This orange cake was the first recipe I’ve learned in my life. In fact, I learned it even before rice and beans, what are pretty much the first things Brazilians learn how to cook.
I was about 12 years old when I learned this recipe from my mom, and I still bake it very often, because I think it’s the best (and easiest) orange cake ever!
To convince you of that I just have to tell you one thing… You DON’T have to peel the orange and you DON’T have to squeeze it!! Really! I’m not kidding! Just blend the whole orange (but the seeds) with most of the other ingredients, and you are good to go. It’s that simple!
Some details about this Orange cake
This cake is so simple but yet so tasty!! The reason is the use of the whole orange. But, before adding the orange, just make sure to wash it well, and cut it in 4 edges, removing the seeds. You can also remove that white divider in the middle.
Also, after everything has been blended, make sure to incorporate the flour and baking powder into the wet mixture. If you try the other way around you might end up with lots of flour clumps.
And, last thing… You don’t need a mixer for this cake. Just your arms are enough. I like to use a whisk to combine everything together, but don’t over mix it, or you might end with a tough cake.
To make it even better, you can make the orange sauce to pour over the cake, use a good orange jam, or just eat as is. It’s a great cake anyway.
Best Orange Cake Ever
- 1 big orange (unpelled, cut into 4 wedges, remove seeds)
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1 2/3 cups refined sugar
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1 Orange (zest and juice)
- 1/2 cup Powdered sugar
- Pre-heat oven to 350ºF. Spray a bundt pan with oil and flour it.
In a blender add the orange wedges, oil and eggs. Blend it until very smooth, about 3 minutes. Open the blender and add the sugar. Blend it a little more, about 1 more minute.Pour the mixture into a bowl and, with a whisk, mix the flour and baking powder in it. Pour the batter in the prepared pan, and bake it for approximately 30 minutes (it should have created a golden crust). Wait for it to get warm before removing from pan.
- Zest the orange and add the juice of one half of the orange. Add 1/2 cup of powdered sugar and mix it. With a spoon, spread it over the cake.Enjoy!