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(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.



Tuesday 20th of September 2022

I love this recipe. I have made it twice so far. I’m a bit cheeky though and add a 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon as well 😊.

Maria Doss

Tuesday 20th of September 2022

Sounds great to me, Maria


Friday 16th of September 2022

Super soft cake. But mine tasted bland. No flavour of orange. I made exactly the way u said. What change can I make next time. Please suggest.

Maria Doss

Monday 19th of September 2022

Hi Shiffali, Hmmm... not sure why. Our guess could be that the orange wasn't a flavorful one, which is common when not in season. We would suggest looking for a fruit that is heavy for it's size when picked up and has a bright, deep orange color. Hope it helps, Maria

Marlene Wilkins

Sunday 7th of August 2022

Finally found a walnut cake. Thankyou for the recipe. Marlene

Maria Doss

Sunday 7th of August 2022

Glad you liked it hun, Maria

Veronica Rodrigues

Thursday 21st of July 2022

Loved this cake. Doubled the quantity excellent ! Thank you so much. Last month made the almond flour cake. It was a hit.

Maria Doss

Thursday 21st of July 2022

Glad to hear that hun, Maria


Wednesday 27th of April 2022

This orange walnut cake is everything delicious and then some! I’m so happy I tried it. It will definitely be in my go to recipes! Thank you for sharing the recipe!

Maria Doss

Wednesday 27th of April 2022

Happy to hear hun, Maria