Orange Cake

IMG_5356IMG_5359IMG_5364Yet another cake! Again and again, but who doesn’t love a generous slice (or two) of cake for breakfast, especially during the weekend with a good hot coffee. I like this cake, it’s simple, tasty, fragrant and zesty!

This cake is inspired by two famous French Patissiers; Christophe Felder & Camille Lesecq. The original recipe is a Lemon Cake,  but as there were no more lemons, I used oranges, and also reduced the quantity of sugar.

It’s also time for Fiesta Friday #111 with Angieand big thanks to Naina @ Spice in the City and Julianna @ Foodie On Board for co-hosting this week’s Party!

Serves: 8/10 slices


  • 200g of flour (all purpose/plain flour)
  • 4g of baking powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 180g of caster sugar
  • 100g of whipping cream (light)
  • Zest of 2 oranges
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon of pure orange extract
  • 80g of melted butter
  • Icing sugar
  • 150g of apricot jam for glazing
  • Confit orange (orange confites)


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C degrees.
  2. Grease and flour a loaf cake pan (mine is 25/9.5 centimeters).
  3. In a large bowl beat the 4 eggs and the sugar with an electric mixer until it becomes light and creamy.
  4. Add the orange zest, the pure orange extract, the pinch of salt and the whipping cream.
  5. Continue to whisk.
  6. Pour the flour and the baking powder.
  7. Whisk.
  8. Finally, pour the butter and whisk gently.
  9. Pour the mixture into the loaf cake and bake for 50 minutes (more or less depending on the oven) or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  10. Remove the cake from the oven.
  11. Allow cooling for 30 minutes.
  12. Transfer the cake to a serving plate.
  13. Heat the apricot jam inside a small pan over a low heat until it melts.
  14. Brush the top of the cake with the melted apricot-jam.
  15. Decorate with some confit oranges and dust with icing sugar.

Serve with a good coffee, to balance the sweetness of the cake!

Bonne dégustation!

PS: For the confit orange, it is the same process than orangettes, except don’t crystallize them and don’t set aside for 24 hours.

62 thoughts on “Orange Cake

  1. Aruna

    I make Citrus cakes often now. I see that you use an extract to enhance the flavour. Will try adding an extract next time for a deeper flavour. 🙂

  2. chefjulianna

    Citrus cakes are the best! I’ll take a generous slice with my morning coffee!! It looks gorgeous as always! Thanks so much for bringing this over to Fiesta Friday this week! Yum! 😀

  3. Loretta

    So beautiful Linda (as always). I bought some blood oranges today, and so want to try a lovely citrus loaf like yours. I was pleased as punch to see that your last post was recognized too. Always loved lamb and you did such a wonderful job with it all.

    • lapetitepaniere

      Thank you very much Loretta for all your kind words, you are so sweet. A cake with some blood oranges, is a nice and superb idea, yummy. I can imagine the flavors and the color too! 🙂

  4. tentimestea

    I can never tire of your cake recipes Linda! Bitter coffee and sweet cake is the best thing in the morning. The topping sounds especially delicious for this cake–a bit of sticky jam, the confit orange, and of course a dusting of icing sugar. (And I also love the gorgeous rise of this cake! I sometimes end up with very flat loaf cakes that could use some of this cake’s lift 😀 ).

    • lapetitepaniere

      Thank you so much Laura for your nice comment, I really appreciate. You made me laugh, I have sometimes the same problem with my Madeleines 😀 Have a wonderful day! 🙂
      I have a small jar with pistachio paste and I plan to make your Babka very soon 😉

  5. apuginthekitchen

    Linda this cake is beautiful, it looks moist and tender. I really like your method of preparation and reading it I can see exactly why this cake is so lovely. I am such a fan of orange and this cake is one I have saved and will have to make. Just beautiful.

  6. Nancy

    I never tire of citrus cakes and this one looks fabulous, Linda! Not only is it beautiful to looks at, I imagine the flavor is wonderful… I bet the aroma was heavenly while it was baking. Delicious!

  7. Lubna Karim

    I landed to your blog page through instagram….and look where I landed….an treasure of droolicious recipes….wonderful work….Love this cake and I am fan of flavoured cakes….Can you give me your e-mail to send across the Ramadan Invite to guest post on my blog…

  8. skd

    What a delicious cake. I wonder how I missed it. My reader is playing traunt nowadays. Missing a lot of posts. But I am glad i found it. I can almost whiff those oranges.yummm…yummm….

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