Orange Walnut Cake

orange walnut cake

This amazingly soft orange walnut cake is loaded with ground walnuts, orange juice, zest and has a crisp orange sugar topping. Perfect plain or with coffee.

orange walnut cake

I love frosted layer cakes on special occasions. But, many a times I’m craving for a plain slice of cake along with coffee or a snack. Bring on the pound cakes, coffee cakes, streusel cakes, bundt cakes, crumb cakes. 

This coffee cake is one such recipe that has been an all time favorite. 

It is simply the BEST!!!

Because, this recipe was posted here first with not-so-good pictures:)

And, so many tried it anyways and have shared their delicious experience. Thank you, I love you all.

So, why should you be baking this cake today?

  •  It is holy YUM.
  • Incredibly tender.
  • Triple orange goodness- Cake is flavored with orange zest,orange juice and then topped off with crackly orange sugar.
  • Easily made in your food processor.
  • Easy to remember measurements
  • And, you probably have all the ingredients already.

Baked Pears with Walnut Oat Crumble <— an easy baked fruit dessert 

orange walnut cake

orange walnut cake
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Orange Walnut Cake

This amazingly soft orange walnut cake is loaded with ground walnuts, orange juice, zest and has a crisp orange sugar topping. Perfect plain or with coffee. 
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 8-inch cake
Author: Maria Doss


Dry ingredients

Wet ingredients

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • zest of one orange
  • 2 eggs, large
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

Orange sugar topping


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 8-inch round cake pan with non-stick cooking spray and line the bottom with parchment paper.
  • Into a food processor, combine all dry ingredients (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.
  • Into the same (now empty) processor, add butter, sugar and orange zest (from one orange). 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).
  • 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. 
  • Transfer batter into the prepared pan, spread evenly and sprinkle orange sugar on top. 
  • Bake in the middle rack of the oven for 36-41 minutes, until a tooth pick inserted in the middle comes clean.
  • Place pan on a wire rack to cool (we usually start digging in while still warm). YUM. 

To make orange sugar topping

  • Mix 2 tablespoons sugar and 1 teaspoon orange zest in a small bowl with your finger tips, until zest is evenly distributed. Stir in finely chopped walnuts. 

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  1. Worth the effort of zesting, juicing and chopping for this amazing cake…..and of course with the orange juice, zest and walnuts I’m claiming it as a ‘healthy eat’ 😊

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