Orange Dream Cake

This cake is so light, so citrus-y and has the perfect amount of sweetness. You will want to eat the whole damn thing.

I got this recipe from the cooking book ‘Mom’s Best Meals‘. The original recipe is supposed to make 2 8-inch cakes for layering. Instead I made just one 10-inch cake and sliced it right in half, because that’s just what I had on hand. What you do is up to you. I imagine baking 2 8-inch cakes would work better.

taste of home Mom's Best MealsI also changed a couple of things to the ingredients, mostly because I am a freak about lemons. I love anything baked with lemons.

Here’s what the original recipe called for + my changes:

  • butter, 2/3 cup, soft
  • white sugar, 1 cup
  • fresh orange juice1/2 cup
  • fresh lemon juice, 1/2 cup
  • grated orange zest, 1 tablespoon
  • grated lemon zest, 1 tablespoon
  • eggs, 2
  • all-purpose flour, 2 cups
  • baking powder, 2 teaspoons
  • salt, 1 teaspoon

Bake at 350˚F for 25 – 30 minutes.


  • flaked coconut, 1 cup
  • fresh lemon juice3 tablespoons
  • grated orange zest2 tablespoons
  • grated lemon zest, 2 tablespoons
  • heavy whipping cream, 1 cup

orange dream cake butter sugar

  • In a medium sized bowl: beat 2/3 cup butter and 1 cup sugar until fluffy.

orange dream cake zest juice

  • Add in the 1/2 cup orange juice and 1/2 cup lemon juice and mix just until incorporated.
  • Then add 1 tablespoon lemon zest and 1 tablespoon orange zest. Mix again.

orange dream cake eggs

  • Now add in the eggs and mix thoroughly.

orange dream cake flour baking powder soda

  • In another bowl, take 2 cups of flour and sift in 2 teaspoons baking powder + 1 teaspoon salt, and mix well.
  • Then add the flour mixture to the first mixture, and mix just until incorporated.

orange dream cake pan

  • Grease and flour your baking pan. For good measure, I cut out a 10-inch parchment circle and placed it on the bottom of the pan, so my cake will come out easy. In the original recipe the cake is baked at 375˚F for 25 – 30 minutes. I baked mine at 350˚F because my oven tends to get very hot.

baked cake

  • The cake is done when its nice and golden and a wooden skewer comes out clean.

orange dream cake zest coconut frosting

  • Now the frosting. This is an extremely easy recipe for frosting. Mix 1 cup of whipped cream, 1 cup flaked coconut, 3 tablespoons of lemon juice, 2 tablespoons orange zest and 2 tablespoons lemon zest. Stir until everything is mixed.
  • Divide the frosting in half; half for the middle and half for the top of the cake. The original recipe called for orange zest garnish but I used coconut because I absolutely love coconut!

orange dream cakeAnd now, enjoy your light, fluffy cake.

orange lemon zest

One response to “Orange Dream Cake

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s