This Orange Pound Cake recipe makes a smooth and fluffy pound cake with a tangy orange flavor. With only a few cupboard items, you can turn a boxed cake mix into a pound cake that the whole family will enjoy. Don’t skip the sweet and tangy orange glaze on this easy pound cake!
This Easy Orange Pound Cake is made using a cake mix and a few cupboard staples.
You’ll appreciate the orange flavor in the cake as well as the zesty orange glaze that truly elevates this dish.
If you enjoy orange or citrus desserts, you’ll adore this recipe!
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Key to Success #1 – Use Orange Supreme Cake Mix
This no-fuss recipe begins with an orange cake mix box.
I usually use Duncan Hines Orange Supreme cake mix, but any orange-flavored cake mix would suffice.
We’re going to add cream cheese, eggs, oil, and water to the cake mix.
You will not follow the cake mix packaging directions.
Instead, combine the dry cake mix with the ingredients stated in this recipe and blend according to the package directions.
To make the cake richer, we’re using more eggs than usual.
Key to Success #2 – Add Cream Cheese to Amp Up the Taste and Texture
We’re using a complete block of cream cheese in our Orange Pound Cake since it gives a distinctive taste and softens the texture of the cake.
The cream cheese provides a lot of moisture to this simple pound cake recipe.
Cream cheese is also used in our simple Almond Pound Cake recipe, which is always a winner.
Use a bundt pan to bake your pound cake. I use a 12-cup bundt pan, which is plenty large for my Orange Pound Cake.
Also, make sure to thoroughly oil the pan.
Spray your pan liberally with nonstick cooking spray.
Spray all of the grooves of the pan to ensure that your cake pulls out easily.
Key to Success #3 – Drizzle the Tangy Orange Glaze
After the cake has completely cooled, drizzle the zesty orange glaze over the top of the cake.
In a small mixing bowl, combine the powdered sugar, orange juice, and vanilla essence to make the glaze.
Continue stirring until all of the lumps have been removed from the glaze.
Because all of that aggressive stirring has let some air into your glaze, set it aside for a minute or two to enable all of the little bubbles to rise to the surface.
Finally, carefully re-stir the glaze until it is smooth.
This resting phase will allow you to glaze your cake without having to deal with a slew of little bubbles in the glaze.
Drizzle the glaze over the Orange Pound Cake with a spoon, allowing it to trickle down the edges.
You may thin or thicken the glaze by adding a little more powdered sugar or orange juice until it is the consistency you choose.
I like to make my glaze somewhat thicker than usual so that it doesn’t end up in a runny mess on the serving dish.
You can’t go wrong with this simple Orange Pound Cake recipe, whether the icing is thick or thin.
Save this Easy Orange Pound Cake recipe to your favorite Pound Cakes board or your Orange Desserts board.
- 1 box Orange Supreme Cake Mix
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup oil
- 1/2 cup water
- 8 oz cream cheese, softened
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
For the Orange Glaze
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 Tbsp orange juice
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease Bundt pan well. Set aside.
- Mix all ingredients together on low for 30 seconds then on medium speed for 2 1/2 minutes.
- Pour the batter into the greased Bundt pan. Bake for 40-50 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes then remove to a serving plate to cool completely.
- When the cake is cool, mix up the glaze by stirring together the powdered sugar, orange juice, and vanilla extract. Allow the glaze to rest for 1 minute to allow any bubbles to come to the surface then stir gently. Drizzle the glaze over the cool cake.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 412Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 81mgSodium: 402mgCarbohydrates: 56gFiber: 1gSugar: 38gProtein: 5g
Nutrition Information Provided For Educational and Informational Purposes Only.