Biscuits, Cookies & Cakes Dessert Morning/Afternoon Tea

Super Moist Orange Cake

My Portuguese friend (who doesn’t bake) told me she remembers an orange cake being made as I child and would love to have it again. So my search began. Whilst this is not the same as the Portuguese one (that uses more eggs than I choose to be bothered with) I settled on this one from Julie Goodwin

In saying that I have tweaked the recipe a bit so it is not exactly as hers.

What is fantastic about this cake is it is super easy to make and can be used as a dessert or a morning/afternoon tea. It pairs really well with Creme Fraiche but if you are not a fan use a nice thick quality cream.

The cake has become my go-to cake when visiting or when I know I will have visitors at the last minute.


Super Moist Orange Cake

This is the only orange cake you will ever want to make.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Cakes and Biscuits
Cuisine European, Portuguese
Servings 8 slices
Calories 488 kcal


  • 250 g butter
  • 130 g caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp grated orange zest
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 2/3 cups self raising flour
  • 1 tsp ginger powder slightly heaped


  • 100 g caster sugar
  • 100 ml fresh orange juice


  • Beat the butter and sugar until fluffy and light. Add the zest and eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Sift the flour and ginger. Fold into the creamy mix.
  • Spread batter in a greased and lined 21 cm spring form tin.
  • Bake at 150°C for 50-60 minutes (or until cooked when tested).


  • While the cake is cooking: place the syrup ingredients in a saucepan. Dissolve the sugar over a low heat. Increase the heat to high and bring to a boil. Skim off any scum that arises. Reduce heat slightly and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Once cake is cooked leave in springform pan, pierce the top of the cake all over with a skewer, carefully pour the hot syrup over the cake. Leave to cool completely.
  • Remove the cake from the pan and slice into wedges. Serve with cream or Creme Fraiche.



Calories: 488kcalCarbohydrates: 54gProtein: 7gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 149mgSodium: 256mgPotassium: 156mgFiber: 1gSugar: 34gVitamin A: 952IUVitamin C: 19mgCalcium: 30mgIron: 1mg
Keyword cake, dessert, orange, syrup cake
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