Easy Orange Butter Cake

Hear ye hear ye…if it’s your FIRST time ever baking a cake. An actual full-sized cake – this IS the recipe to try. Just 5 ingredients.

Edit: The temperature used to bake this cake in my oven is 160C. HOWEVER your oven may need a higher temperature eg. 170C or 180C. As every oven is different do adjust accordingly.

Back when I use to share my recipes on blogspot- this was my MOST viewed recipe and also the one with the most comments. Many readers tried it and loved it. They found it a simple enough cake to bake with delicious results. Since then I have reduced the amount of sugar and SO happy to find it’s even better tasting this way.

As usual, most of my bakes I don’t frost or add any type of icing and we eat them just like how they come out of the oven. You ONLY need FIVE ingredients. Most of it are pantry staples and then there are the oranges. You start by creaming the butter, sugar and orange rind using a mixer.

Once it’s nice and combined, add in the eggs one by one. I usually break the egg in a separate bowl and check for stuff before adding into the mixer. This is just me…as I tend to get shells in the eggs.

Once you’ve added in all the eggs, add in the self raising flour and orange juice. Be sure to mix everything until well combined. Tip: Be sure to use a spatula and scrap down the sides of the mixing bowl from time to time.

Pour out batter into a cake pan (mine measures around 24cm) lined with baking paper. Bake in oven for 50 minutes. The aroma wafting thru your home as the cake sits and bakes in the oven is unbelievable. I also love the tiny specks of orange rinds found thru the batter.

This recipe is great for those who want to try baking a simple enough cake as they begin their baking journey. Also for those who just want a great Orange Butter Cake!

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Easy Orange Butter Cake

A simple recipe which calls for only 5 ingredients. Buttery, orangy, moist. Delicious.
Edit: The temperature used to bake this cake in my oven is 160C. Your oven may need a higher temperature of 170C or 180C. As every oven is different do adjust accordingly.


  • 250 g butter, softened and brought to room temperature
  • 280 g sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 225 g self raising flour
  • 2 tbsp orange rind grate about 3 oranges. Extra rind can be used to deco the cake
  • 180 ml orange juice Juice about 4 oranges. Extra juice - just drink.


  • Pre-heat oven to 160C. <Your oven may need a higher temperature of 170C or 180C - do adjust accordingly. >
  • Use a mixer to cream butter, sugar and orange rind. Remember the butter should be at room temperature.
  • Add in eggs one by one and continue to mix.
  • Add in sifted flour and orange juice. Continue to mix until well combined.
  • Pour into cake pan and bake for 50mins - 1 hr 10 mins. I bake mine for 50 mins.


My top tips:
Remove butter and eggs from fridge 20mins prior to baking.
Every oven is different. Timings and temperature may differ with yours. 
Dust top with icing sugar and deco with extra rind. Take photo. Post on Insta. Remove rind and slice into pieces:)
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1 year ago

Yummy! My family is going to love this cake! Excited to give this a try soon!

1 year ago

Fantastic first time! I wish I got mine just as good as yours the first time I was baking LOL. Only 5 ingredients is the winner for me!

1 year ago

Wow. Just 5 ingredients and you have a cake worthy of bringing to any party! Love how simple this recipe is!

1 year ago

This cake looks so delicious, and best of all it’s a simple, no-fuss recipe. I’m adding it to my recipe list.

1 year ago

This looks delicious and I love how simple it is. Great recipe.