(Super Soft) Orange Walnut Cake

An (almost) easy food processor recipe for super soft cake that is bursting with orange flavor. Delicious plain or coffee.

Say hello to my old obsession.

(An old recipe revisited for better pictures)

Do you love cakes slathered with frosting or just the plain kind?

I’m the not-to-sweet kinda gal. 

And this is totally my kinda jam. 

Just the right amount of sweetness, double the orange punch and the earthiness of walnuts. This cake is sure to become your favorite too. 

(Click here for step-by-step pictures)

The cake comes together just in a food processor-

-Grind all dry ingredients into the food processor, transfer into a bowl.

-Into the now empty food processor, process butter, sugar and orange zest. 

-Add eggs and process

-Add 1/2 flour  mixture – process – orange juice – process – remaining flour mixture-process. 

-Pour into pan and bake. 

Skill level – Intermediate

(Super Soft) Orange Walnut Cake


1 cup all purpose flour

1/2 cup walnuts

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 stick unsalted butter (1/2 cup), room temperature

1/2 cup sugar

1 tablespoon finely grated orange zest (only the outer orange skin and not the white part), about 1 large orange

2 large eggs, room temperature

1/2 cup orange juice, freshly squeezed (about 1 – 1 1/2 large), I used Navel oranges


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 8-inch or 9-inch round cake pan with non-stick cooking spray and line the bottom with parchment paper.

2. Into a food processor, combine flour, walnuts, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Process for one minute and 30 seconds, until finely ground. Transfer mixture to a bowl and keep aside.

3. Into the same (now empty) processor, add butter, sugar and orange zest. Process for 45 seconds. Add both eggs and process for few seconds until smooth (scrape the sides of the processor to mix in any butter sticking to the sides).

4. Add half the ground flour mixture, process for 10 seconds, then orange juice, process for 10 seconds and then finish off with remaining flour mixture and process for additional 10 seconds, until combined.

5. Transfer batter into the prepared pan, spread evenly and bake in the middle rack of the oven for 33 minutes (if using 8-inch pan) and 30 minutes (if using 9-inch pan) or until a tooth pick inserted in the middle comes clean.

6. Place pan on a wire rack to cool (awesome when warm), 

Makes one 8-inch or 9-inch cake.





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      1. Food processor is the key appliance for this recipe, since it does not involve the traditional creaming method which results in the softness.
        However, you can still make the cake without the food processor with some compromise on the softness.
        Grind the flour, walnuts, baking powder, baking soda and salt in any dry grinder, until walnuts are ground to a flour consistency.
        Add butter and sugar into a bowl and beat with a hand held electric beater until creamy. Beat in eggs and orange zest. Beat in half the flour-walnut mixture, then orange juice and then finish with remaining flour mixture. Bake as directed.
        Hope it helps:)

    1. Hello, why not give us everything in grams? We do not use cups.. I know nobody in BELGIUM who uses it..
      Changing in Celsius and cm is do-able, but cups..???!

      1. Hi Dominique, We sincerely appreciate your feedback. Going forward, we are looking at giving more detailed measurements catering to other countries as well. Have a great day, Maria

  1. This looks like a great cake to enjoy as a mid morning snack. The texture is so perfect, and I love how you’ve used the food processor to get everything to the right consistency.

  2. I don’t like orange in my desserts but I loved this cake! Easy to mak, delicious & enjoyed by all. Thanks for the recipe.

  3. Hi.. i always get stuck with cup measurements.. is it 240ml cup? can u pls tell how much 1 cup of flour in your recipes weighs

  4. Made this cake a few times already and it’s a huge favourite with the kids and the extended family. Amazing texture and taste.

  5. This is amazing. I’m a big baker and this simple cake is one of the best things I have made and tasted. So easy and delicious!

    1. Sorry Ruth, this cake is not gonna work without the orange juice and zest. I would rather wait to buy fresh oranges and then make this cake. Sorry for not being any help, Maria

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