Tasty orange cake recipe uses a few secret ingredients to make it super simple to bake

Slice of orange cake on white plate

February is a month that begs for the warmth and brightness of citrus. Oranges and lemons are like sunshine in the palm of your hand when the dreary winter leaves you longing for spring. That’s why we love this recipe for orange cake, especially since it’s made with easy shortcuts like boxed cake mix and instant pudding.

To make this easy orange cake, you can use a Bundt pan or two standard loaf pans. You will also need a box of yellow cake mix, such as Betty Crocker Super Moist Favorites Yellow Cake Mix or Duncan Hines Classic Yellow Cake Mix. Duncan Hines also has a boxed cake mix that is already enhanced with orange flavor, which you can find online on marketplaces like Amazon.

For extra moistness and flavor, you will also need to mix a package of instant lemon pudding mix into the cake mixture. The lemon flavor complements the orange cake beautifully, without adding any extra prep or hassle to your baking. To finish the cake, you’ll create a glaze with orange juice, sugar and butter.

Find the full recipe for this easy orange cake on AllRecipes.

If you are looking for another orange cake recipe to brighten up your winter, try this recipe for olive orange cake from Averie Cooks. Made with Grand Marnier, extra-virgin olive oil, grated orange zest and freshly-squeezed orange juice, this is an elegant answer to the question of what to bring to potlucks and bake sales.


Or, if you want something more decadent, you can never go wrong by pairing orange with chocolate. This Chocolate Orange Cake from Trisha Yearwood is made with mayonnaise and balsamic vinegar, but don’t let its unusual ingredients fool you. The chocolate and orange are what comes through in this cake, creating a rich dessert with beautiful depth that would elevate any social occasion.

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