Orange Coffee Cake


Inspiration. It can come from anywhere. A dozen beautifully colored farm fresh eggs. Oh the possibilities!


One definition of wholesome is promoting mental, moral or sound health. This Orange Coffee Cake does just that. This cake surprised me. It was better than I thought it would be. And that is a nice surprise.


Orange zest lends the punch of flavor in this cake.


I don’t want to get too deep here but there is always a chance of greatness when you bake. This cake made me feel like a warrior of the kitchen.


Melted butter, freshly squeezed orange juice, vanilla extract, a couple of eggs added to sugar and the zest of oranges is the liquid to the flour, baking powder and salt dry ingredients. You probably have all these things in your kitchen right this very minute.


Once the liquid and dry are combined, they form this fluffy, zest speckled cloud of deliciousness.


Add the topping of brown sugar, butter, cinnamon and even more orange zest and you will be in dessert heaven.


This coffee cake will disappear before your very eyes.

Orange Coffee Cake

The Cake

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 2 eggs, well beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

The Topping

  • 2 tablespoons orange zest
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Preheat oven to 400F. Whisk flour, salt and baking powder in a bowl. Combine sugar, orange zest, juice, melted butter, eggs and vanilla in another bowl. Add the liquid ingredients to the flour mixture and mix until combined.

Pour into a greased 8 inch pan and sprinkle with the topping. Bake for 30 minutes. Let cool slightly on a wire rack before devouring.







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