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Simply Dreamy Orange Loaf


Oh, oranges…

How delicious and nutritious you are. I love the smell and taste of oranges, but I have never really enjoyed eating an orange as it is. Maybe it’s the texture… I don’t know. But what I do know is that I LOVE ORANGE LOAF! This recipe is so easy, and it makes the most dreamy orange loaf that you will eat in 1 go… no jokes.

My mom makes orange loaves (or orange cake as we call it) every winter (because that’s when oranges are in season in South Africa). There was nothing better than coming home from school or work and smelling the freshly baked orange loaf as I walked in the front door. She always makes 1 loaf and 1 round cake at the same time, because she knew we would basically finish the loaf as soon as it was ready! And let’s be real, you want more cake for later right?

I love this cake because it’s really easy to make, it is bursting with orange flavour and reminds me of my mom. So now that winter is approaching us here in Germany, it was time to make some orange cake. Also, I need the vitamin C boost, and orange cake counts… I think.

Some side notes:

  • I always add extra orange juice because I love the flavour! It adds up to about 200ml of orange juice instead of 125ml.
  • The glaze is completely optional and adaptable! The cake is delicious just as it is, so you can leave the glaze out.
  • You can also use less sugar if you want, the glaze will just be less thick.
  • I also left the sugar out of the glaze with the latest cake I made (because I didn’t have in the house). I added a tablespoon of honey instead. The glaze was very runny but still left an amazing sticky orange glaze on the cake.

Well, without further ado…

Simply Dreamy Orange Loaf

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes


For the cake/loaf

  • 500 ml Cake Flour
  • 200 ml Caster Sugar
  • 10 ml Baking Powder
  • 125 ml Sunflower Oil
  • 125 ml Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice (without the pulp)
  • 10 ml Orange Zest
  • 2 Eggs
  • 5 ml Vanilla Essence

For the Glaze

  • 25 ml Orange Juice
  • 10 ml Butter
  • 250 ml Icing Sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 160 Degrees Celcius. 

  2. Sift the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl.

  3. Add the oil, orange juice and zest and mix until combined and lump free. * I always add some extra because I love the flavour, about 200ml in total, but this is optional.

  4. Add the eggs and vanilla, mix until combined.

  5. Pour into a greased loaf tin and bake for 1 hour or until the skewer comes out clean.

  6. When the cake is cooked and cooling, you can start the glaze. *Remember to wait until the cake is basically completely cool to glaze.

  7. For the glaze: heat the butter and orange juice in a small saucepan, at a low heat, until the butter has melted.

  8. Slowly add in the sugar, whisking constantly until the mixture is thicker and smooth.

  9. Pour over the cooled cake... and try not to eat it all at once!

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