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What do you make when life gives you a bunch of oranges? Orange Pound Cake!

Orange Pound Cake | | A pound cake made with greek yogurt and oranges for a zesty citrus flavor!

A few weeks ago our neighbors brought over some oranges from their tree. And when I say “some oranges” I mean the amount Walmart orders for a random Tuesday.

There were a lot of oranges.

Now, Mel will eat oranges and Jordan drinks orange juice, but me? I’m an orange dessert kind of girl. Which is weird, because until about two years ago I hated citrus.

Then I discovered lemon. {Can you hear the angels singing?}

Last year, I discovered orange. It was actually after they brought us our 2013 bag of oranges. I made brownies with them.

This year I asked Facebook (you follow me on Facebook, right?) what to make with my bounty of oranges. I got lots of suggestions. I wanted to make them all, but one kept nagging at me. I’d think of it at random times, and I’d start drooling.

Orange Pound Cake. Or is it Orange Bundt Cake? I don’t know, I think they’re the same thing.

This cake is delish. Like, really, really good.

Orange Pound Cake | | A pound cake made with greek yogurt and oranges for a zesty citrus flavor!

This cake has triple the orange flavor:

1. The cake is filled with orange zest and juice.

2. The cake is drenched with an orange simple syrup (fresh squeezed orange juice + water + heat) before the frosting goes on.

3. The frosting is an orange powdered sugar glaze.

This cake is orange cubed!

And guess what? It’s also a little healthier than a regular pound cake. The lemon pound cake that this recipe is based off of used two sticks of unsalted butter. Instead of using that huge cup of butter, I used one stick (1/2 cup) and replaced the rest with 1/2 cup of nonfat vanilla greek yogurt (you can also use plain). It takes out some of the fat and calories, but it doesn’t affect the flavor. If you’ve never baked with greek yogurt before, you may notice that it’s a little thicker than a normal cake. But, then again, pound cake is a thicker cake (as opposed to a regular layer cake). That makes it perfect for the greek yogurt sub.

This cake is dense, rich, and orangey.

{If you don’t have greek yogurt, you can use all butter, but I’ve never done that for this recipe. I did that for the lemon pound cake, which I baked in loaf pans. I’m confident that putting the butter back in would be fine for this cake too. Also, you can bake this in two loaf pans instead of a bundt pan. I recommend using two 4×8″ loaf pans. If you only have 9×5″ that’s fine, but they’ll be flatter.}

This is one of those cakes you make and then realize you have a whole cake in your kitchen, one that you’ve been dreaming about for 3 weeks. And you realize you have to get it out. I ate a slice (or three) and gave some to the neighbors who gave us the oranges. Because when you get a bag of oranges…you should make cake.

Orange Pound Cake | | A pound cake made with greek yogurt and oranges for a zesty citrus flavor!

And you should eat it too!

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Orange Pound Cake


For the pound cake:

  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1/3 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour — plus more for pan
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter — softened, plus more for pan
  • 1/2 cup nonfat vanilla — or plain greek yogurt
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 5 large eggs

For the glaze

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup orange juice

For the frosting:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour a 12-cup fluted bundt pan (or two 4x8 loaf pans).
  2. Combine buttermilk with orange zest and juice and vanilla in a measuring cup. Whisk together flour, salt, and baking powder in a medium bowl. With an electric mixer, cream butter, yogurt, and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the flour mixture (with the mixer on low) in three parts alternately with the buttermilk mixture, beginning and ending with flour. Beat just until it comes together. Do not overmix!
  3. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean, 45-55 minutes with the large bundt pan.
  4. While the cake is baking, make the glaze by heating granulated sugar and orange juice in a small pan over low heat. Bring to a simmer and stir. Once sugar is dissolved, remove from heat and let sit until cake is done.
  5. Once done, cool cake completely in pan. Turn out cake onto a rack. Use a pastry brush to spread the glaze evenly over the tops and sides of the cake. Let dry before drizzling with frosting.
  6. Make the drizzle by mixing all ingredients with a whisk. Leave the cake on a rack. Place drizzle in a ziploc bag and cut off one tip. Drizzle over cake and let dry, about 30 minutes. Carefully transfer cake to a serving plate.

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  1. Gorgeous!! Ohhh I want to drink this: drenched with an orange simple syrup!

    And I love that there’s 3x orange going on here. Nothing wimpy or wondering if maybe there’s orange in it or not. Love that it’s abundant!

  2. Great way to use the oranges! Now you’ve got me craving citrus and wondering what I could make. Thanks for the link!

  3. This is why I shouldn’t read food blogs before eating breakfast… I just want to eat orange pound cake now! I love the “triple oranges” in the cake!

  4. I love citrus cakes/loaves/breads, especially orange! This yogurt/butter pound cake sounds incredible Dorothy. All those eggs, the yogurt, the buttermilk… super moist!

  5. There are very few things that are better than pound cake. A orange flavored one sounds heavenly.

  6. I don’t always remember, but I really am such a sucker for pound cakes. And then when I see them, I’ve just gotta have it! This one is seriously calling to me!!

  7. Looks out of this world moist! Oh my god.

  8. Oh man, I love citrus in just about anything but this orange pound cake looks so moist and refreshing! Great recipe, Dorothy!

  9. I’m a citrus freak! the taste and the smell- heaven…I am going to try this for the next family gathering- since I usually take lemon something- nice change! Thanks!

  10. Love the addition of yogurt! This looks heavenly and perfect for a spring/summer treat 🙂

  11. Mmm this looks so moist and delicious!!

  12. Looks so delicious Dorothy 🙂 love citrus desserts…got a lemon/lime cake in mind for this week!

  13. I’m a citrus gal, too, especially when it comes to pound cakes! This one is stunning, Dorothy@

  14. There is something about orange cake that I absolutely love! I think it’s because my grandma always had orange desserts around when we were little : ) This looks utterly delicious! Especially with all the ways you have orange incorporated!

  15. Citrus is the #1 favorite flavor for all of the men in my family, including my guy who isn’t even blood-related! Go figure. With all of them — plus me and my mom, who have humongous sweet teeth — your cake wouldn’t last a single day in our house! Breakfast, snack, dessert… Any excuse to carve off another sliver. ;)And I absolutely adore how moist it looks!!

  16. OMG this is orangy-delicious! I can’t wait to make it!

  17. I eat oranges like crazy in the winter… Its like I think if I eat enough I will negate the crazy cold weather. I need to add this cake to my crazy orange eating life 🙂

  18. I love such orange pound cakes.. they have such a lovely orange flavor and smell amazing!

  19. I remember when you asked, and I can’t remember what I suggested, but it should have been this!! This looks amazing Dorothy! And I love that you switched out some of the butter and replaced with greek yogurt! Pinning!

  20. I LOVE Pound Cake – looks sooo good!! Thx for the recipe! Pinning. 🙂

  21. I love oranges, orange juice, zest, Greek yogurt. To have it all in a cake – how original and inspired! There is nothing like San Joaquin Valley oranges – I grew up on them. Thanks! This recipe will be perfect for a tea party!

  22. Dorothy, this looks amazing! So bright and colorful and delicious!

  23. So beautiful! I love citrus but I’ve been out of luck recently when it comes to citrus desserts. Maybe this one will help me to get my citrus groove back. 🙂

  24. Oh man I am loving all the orange in this pound cake! I am all about citrus right now and I could dive head first into this. It is so pretty!

  25. I could have used this one today. I have two different oranges I want to play with. A pink navel orange and my beloved blood oranges but both will have to wait until I return to town to use them! This one looks so fresh and wonderful!

  26. I think I dreamt about this cake last night after I saw it on Instagram, haha! It looks so orangey and delicious! I love the sound of all that tang from the buttermilk and yogurt!

  27. I need some neighbors like that! Wait…they’d just bring me snow 🙂 This looks refreshing and delicious!

  28. We could really use some citrus-y sunshine! This bundt cake looks dense and delicious, Dorothy! Quadruple orange sounds good to me. I will skip my vitamin C tablet and bake cake instead! 🙂 (p.s. Soooo jealous of living somewhere warm where neighbors have orange trees!)

  29. gorgeous Dorothy – I coulld have used this recipe a few weeks ago 🙂 we were overrun with ornages

  30. Tell your neighbors to bring me some oranges! I am officially lemoned out after swiping 99% of the lemons off of my neighbor’s tree (and believe me, I am super bummed that being lemoned out is a thing — albeit temporarily, I’m sure). I love using oranges and lemons in desserts and this pound cake looks phenom! Definitely on the POUND side because when I see that picture, I can just imagine it pounded FULL of butter and orange-y goodness!

  31. Oh Dorothy this looks amazing!! I am drooling right now! I have to have a slice.

  32. I just made the cake and it looks and smells delicious. It’s cooling right now. I don’t see in the recipe where it tells you to add the yogurt. I mixed it in with the juice and buttermilk would like clarification as to how to add for next time.

  33. I did not read all the way through your notes just starting making the cake. I didn’t see where to put vanilla in the batter so I just mixed it with the buttermilk mixture. Also I totally forgot to put in any yogurt since it was also not mentioned in the directions. Just put the cake in the oven so we will see how it turns out. The batter looked fine so maybe it will be okay.

  34. This looks so incredibly delicious! I don’t think I’ve ever seen a pound cake that looks that moist. Is the bundt pan you used slightly scalloped or something, or how did you get those gorgeous slight variations in color throughout the cake?

  35. Must have this cake sooooon!! It looks amazing!! 🙂

  36. This cake looks absolutely beautiful. You got some great shots. I’d love to try it.

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  39. Hi Dorothy, how did you get those gorgeous slight variations in color throughout the cake?

  40. Hi Dorothy, your cake lokes awsome!
    how did you get those gorgeous slight variations in color throughout the cake?

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  45. One orange was enough for zest + juice for me. What did you leave out to triple juice?  Tripling zest would be great,

  46. What did you leave out to triple orange juice? Recipe did not indicate.

  47. gorgeous. just my kinda citrus cake 🙂  i added amaretto into the frosting and it gives it a lovely and subtle little kick. i think grand marnier would also be beautiful.. if not too orangey…
    i’m glad i stumbled on your page… what a treat you are! 

  48. I made this recipe with 1 cup butter in lieu of 1/2 c. butter + 1/2 c. greek yogurt. Happy to report that it turned out perfectly! 🙂

  49.  This looks so delicious! I making it for my mothers birthday tomorrow. The batter tasted soo delicious so if the cake comes even close to the taste the batter it will be amazing!
     My question is this: if I make the cake a day ahead should I wait until before serving to add to the glaze and the frosting?  Or is it fine if I the glaze and frost it a day in advance?. I don’t want it to get soggy…  i’d appreciate your advice. Thanks! 

  50. Lemon Butter Bundt in my oven now. My husband’s birthday is today, and he loves Lemon Supreme Cake, so I thought this one would be even better. 🙂

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