Orange Loaf Cake - The Southern Lady Cooks

This Orange Loaf Cake may be one of our favorite recipes and it’s the perfect dessert. It’s easy to make and the flavor is wonderful. If you love orange definitely give this loaf cake a try, you will love it!

Orange Loaf Cake Ingredients Needed:

All Purpose Flour


Baking Powder

Baking Soda


Fresh Orange or orange zest

White Granulated Sugar

Olive Oil

Orange Juice

Orange or Vanilla Extract


Drizzle Ingredients:

Orange juice

Granulated Sugar

Glaze Ingredients:

Powdered Sugar


This is a very simple recipe and would be a wonderful addition to any wedding shower, baby shower, brunch, etc. If you have followed us for any amount of time you know we love to make loaf cakes as they are a small dessert and are great with coffee. This would also be a great for any holiday breakfast! If you love this cake you will also love it made with lemon! Check out our Lemon Loaf Cake.


Orange Loaf Cake - The Southern Lady Cooks

Orange Loaf Cake - The Southern Lady Cooks

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Orange Loaf Cake

Judy Yeager
This Orange Loaf Cake is easy to make and so refreshing!
4.75 from 4 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, southern
Servings 6 servings


Cake ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • Zest from one orange or about 2 tablespoons of orange zest
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons orange extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk

Drizzle Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons white granulated sugar

Glaze Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • Milk


  • Whisk together flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda in a mixing bowl.
  • In another bowl combine eggs, orange zest, white sugar, olive oil, orange juice, orange or vanilla extract and buttermilk using mixer. Combine with flour and mix with mixer.
  • Spray a 9 x 5 bread pan and add batter. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 45 to 50 minutes or until center tests done.
  • Before removing from pan while still hot, add drizzle below. Cool for 10 minutes and remove from pan.

Drizzle Instructions:

  • Heat to a boil in the microwave or on top of stove. Remove and poke holes in hot cake before removing from pan and drizzle over cake. Remove cake after 10 minutes and let cool before adding glaze.

Glaze Instructions:

  • Combine till of pouring consistency and pour over cooled cake.
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  1. Made this orange loaf and your lemon cake yesterday for my book club meeting. My friends ooed and ahhed over both. They both were very well received. I’ll definitely be making them again and I pointed several people to your blog for the recipes. Both are winners!5 stars

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Hi Nancy,

      We’re thrilled they were both winners for you! We agree; this cake and the lemon cake are equally delicious. Thank you for the kind comment!

  2. I made this tonight. I am a well rounded baker and this is my honest opinion.

    The cake was easy to put together. The cake … soft and not dry. In the photo the glaze you have is not how mine looked. I went exactly by the recipe. I didn’t use too much milk. I needed to have made two batches of the final glaze.
    The taste… good but not over the top as its orange flavor is very light. It needed more of the Orange I feel to make it more Orange tasting.

    I have made your lemon loaf and it was spot on.
    This one needs a bit of tweaking.4 stars

  3. Made it, loved it, will definitely be making again!!5 stars

  4. This Orange Loaf looks amazing and I know it will be calling my name to make it ..only I am hoping there is a way to make it for someone watching their sugar!