This cake is always popular with visitors to the Village Hall during the Scarecrow Festival. While many recipes for orange cake seem to be quite heavy with polenta and ground almonds, this is a tender, cloud-like sponge with the perfect hint of sweet citrus.

It’s perfect on a sunny day when you can sit outside and watch the world go by, and naturally goes very well with a cup of Earl Grey tea.

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Jo's Orange Cake, against the backdrop of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales
Yield: 12

Jo's Orange Cake

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Simple and delicious, this cake is sure to hit the spot - it's certainly very popular with visitors to the Village Hall each year!


  • 225g/8oz softened butter
  • 225g/8oz caster sugar
  • 4 large free range eggs
  • 225g/8oz self-raising flour
  • 2 level tsp of baking powder
  • A few drops of orange extract

For the buttercream filling/topping

  • 225g/8oz icing sugar
  • 115g/4oz butter
  • A few drops of orange extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/Fan 160°C/Gas mark 4. Grease two 20cm (8") sandwich tins then line the base of each tin with baking parchment.
  2. Measure the butter, sugar, eggs, flour, orange extract and baking powder into a large bowl and beat until thoroughly blended.
  3. Divide the mixture evenly between the tins and level out.
  4. Bake in oven for about 25 minutes.
  5. To make the filling, beat the butter and icing sugar and a few drops of orange extract until smooth.
  6. When the cake is completely cold use half the buttercream to sandwich the cakes together, then spread the remaining buttercream on top and decorate. The orange cake has been decorated with jelly orange segments on top of the buttercream


Not surprisingly, it's very easy to make this as a lemon cake instead, just by substituting lemon essence for the orange essence.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 453Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 123mgSodium: 514mgCarbohydrates: 55gFiber: 1gSugar: 39gProtein: 4g

Nutritional data provided is a guideline and will vary according to precise ingredients used and how large your home-made portions are.