Orange Buttermilk Cake with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

Orange Buttermilk Cake with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

I was in the mood for something sweet and fresh. My eyes next caught hold of some oranges I had on the bottom shelf. Buttermilk and oranges…oh, yes! While I was tempted to just make a sweet orange buttermilk drink, I decided to go a different direction. Within 5 minutes I was whipping up a new creation: an Orange Buttermilk Cake with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting!

Orange Buttermilk Cake with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

This orange buttermilk cake with orange cream cheese frosting will dazzle your taste buds and make you swoon!


☛2 cups all-purpose flour
☛1 ¹/₂ teaspoon baking powder
☛¹/₄ teaspoon salt
☛2 large eggs, at room temperature
☛1 cup sugar
☛1 cup buttermilk
☛¹/₂ teaspoon vanilla extract
☛Zest of one orange, just a little over 1 tablespoon
☛¹/₄ cup butter, melted and cooled to room temperature

For the frosting

☛4 oz. cream cheese softened
☛4 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
☛2 tablespoons orange marmalade
☛1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
☛¹/₂ teaspoon vanilla extract
☛¹/₂ teaspoon orange extract
☛2 cups powdered sugar


☞Preheat the oven to 350°F.

☞Sift the flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl. Set aside.

☞In a large bowl, add the sugar and eggs and whisk until combined. Add the orange zest, vanilla extract, and buttermilk and whisk until combined. Add the cooled melted butter and whisk to combine. Add the flour and carefully whisk until just combined, being careful not to over-whisk.

☞Prepare a round baking pan (I use Magic Line), line the bottom with parchment paper or foil and butter the top of the lining and the sides of the pan.

☞Pour the batter into the pan, smooth the top with a rubber spatula, and bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

☞Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 30 minutes before inverting it onto a wire rack and allowing it to cool completely.

☞To make the frosting: Combine the first 6 ingredients and beat with a mixer until combined and smooth. Add the powdered sugar and beat until combined and smooth.

☞Spread some orange marmalade on the bottom cake. Spread ¹/₄ of the cream cheese frosting on top of the marmalade. Invert the top of the cake and place it on top of the bottom layer. Frost the cake with the remaining cream cheese frosting.
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