Delicious Orange Pound Cake Recipe

An inspiring orange zest spiced pound cake from Bria Helgerson is the perfect company to a cup of afternoon tea.
By Bria Helgerson

Orange Pound Cake Recipe

In my kitchen, I am delicately transitioning from winter into spring. I am not quite yet letting go of my winter comfort foods, but am finding small and subtle ways to add a bit of brightness to an otherwise cold weather dish. Some orange zest added to a formerly dense and heavy pound cake turned out to be a gentle way of coaxing spring into my cooking and I find myself welcoming the season with open arms.

Orange Pound Cake Recipe

Delicious Orange Pound Cake Recipe
 
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An inspiring orange zest spiced pound cake from Bria Helgerson is the perfect company to a cup of afternoon tea.
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Recipe Type: Cake
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • 2¾ cup (6,5 dl) flour
  • 1½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2,4 dl) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1½ cups (3,54 dl) granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup (2,4 dl) whole milk, room temperature
  • zest of 3-4 large oranges
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F, placing a rack in the middle of the oven.
  2. Butter and flour your loaf pans, shaking out all excess flour and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Whisk or sift together, set aside.
  4. In a stand mixer using the paddle attachment, beat the butter until smooth, about 30 seconds. Add the sugar and cream together with butter on medium high speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Gradually add the egg, beating thoroughly and scraping down the sides between each addition. Add the vanilla and beat just until incorporated, about 1 minute.
  5. Add one-third of the flour mixture and beat on low speed just until incorporated, then add half of the milk, beating again until incorporated. Scrape down the sides in between each addition. Repeat with another third of the flour mixture, then the remainder of the milk, then the remainder of the flour. Gently and quickly mix in the orange zest
  6. Spoon batter into your prepared pan(s), filling about ¾ the way full. If you fill them too high, they can overflow and make a big mess. (Rest assured though, they will still be delicious!)
  7. Bake for 20-30 minutes, (can be more depending on what size pans you are using) until golden brown, and a tester inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  8. If you want to add a little something extra to these cakes, mix together 1 cup powdered sugar, 3 tablespoons orange juice, and 1-2 teaspoons orange zest. Pour over the cakes for a simple, quick, and tasty glaze. This helps moisten the cake, and helps keep it that way for a few days. It also helps it taste like a donut, which in my book, is never a bad thing. They would also be delicious dipped in chocolate, or served with whipped cream.
13 Comments
  1. This is a great way to welcome spring, the color alone is so inviting. I think it’s great that you wait until “happier” weather to make your new year’s resolution :) Wonderful pound cake and post.

  2. 50 degrees! Oh, that’s still very much winter to me, but a bright citrus-y orange pound cake certainly sounds like a nice way to usher in warmer days.

  3. In the instructions this recipe mentions cream but no where in the ingredients does it mention it or how much. Is there cream in this recipe? Thank you so much

  4. responding to heather: “cream” refers to the act of creaming the butter and sugar together, not adding any cream to the batter.

  5. I have to say I love you folks who share your lovin from the oven with us. You are proud of loving the finer things in life which in my mind is the yumminess of snacking and desserts (not some fancy over priced piece of furniture) and not acting like goodies are something that should only be eaten as a dirty little secret. Life was meant to be savored and one of the great things to savor is the flavor of the wonderful things that come out of the kitchen. Eating well does not just mean eating things that are good for you physically but to eat things that make you feel good psychologically. That is my opinion anyway. Have a wonderful day! :)

  6. Is the amount of Ingredients mentioned enough to make a regular Loaf Pan 5 X 9 or must I purchase mini loaf pans, a total of two? I am so anxious to make this delicious looking Orange Pound Cake. I intend to make a glaze using the powdered sugar and orange juice and zest. Yummy, cant wait. Rose

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