Orange Buttermilk Bundt Cake

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Orange Buttermilk Bundt Cake – a wonderfully moist cake beneath a crunchy, delicate crust.  If you love the taste of oranges, you’ll love this cake!

Orange Buttermilk Bundt Cake - a wonderfully moist cake beneath a crunchy, delicate crust.

Pretty isn’t it?

I’m a “pretty dish” hoarder.  I love going to thrift stores and odds and ends stores and picking up pretty and unique plates and kitchen knick-nacks.  I especially love going to Home Goods which is where I purchased the pretty pale yellow cake stand shown in these pictures.  I’ll often buy just one plate or a single cup of a certain pattern.  People always ask me why I don’t buy more of  the pattern but I’m happy with one – often a single unique plate is all I need to use in my food photos.

Pretty and delicious Orange Buttermilk Bundt Cake from ZagLeft

Yes, my plate stash is certainly growing.  I have single plates from many different patterns, lots and lots of white dishes (they show off food better, in my opinion), and quite a few pretty dishes in various sizes as you can see from the picture below of one of my prop areas.

Orange Buttermilk Cake - prop shelves - ZagLeft

My mom was also somewhat of a dish hoarder.  Well, maybe “hoarder” is the wrong word, “collector” maybe?  For as long as I can remember, my mom has always had mismatched cups and saucers in her kitchen.  Beautiful pink floral cups alongside pale blue and green china saucers.  She had dishes that belonged to her mother and her grandmother, so you can imagine how beautiful and fragile those must have been.  I always loved having tea in her kitchen with her delicate mismatched dishes.  I guess in a way, I’m starting my own little mismatched collection.

Orange Buttermilk Bundt Cake from ZagLeft

Recently, I’ve also started eyeing pretty cake molds.  I have the standard baking pans that I use all the time, but some of the Bundt pans are just so pretty and the patterns so unique.  I discovered a lovely Bundt pan with a swirling type of design and ordered it last week from Amazon.  It’s the pan I used to make this Orange Buttermilk Bundt Cake.  The classic design makes the cake look so pretty without any need for icing or frosting.

Orange Buttermilk Bundt Cake |

One of the reasons I love making Bundt cakes is that there really isn’t a need for frosting.  The cake itself is often the star. That’s not to say I don’t love a light, sweet glaze over the top.  A glaze just brings it all of the wonderfulness together.

Orange Buttermilk Bundt Cake. If you love the taste of oranges, you'll love this cake! |

This Orange Buttermilk Bundt Cake is truly the main attraction and doesn’t really need a thing.  It’s a wonderfully moist cake beneath a crunchy, delicate crust.  It’s got the perfect amount of orange flavor which is brought out through the orange zest mixed with sugar that is added to the batter.  Each bite of this cake tastes tender and fresh.

Orange Buttermilk Bundt Cake - It’s a wonderfully moist cake beneath a crunchy, delicate crust. | ZagLeft

I finish the cake off with a sweet orange glaze drizzled over the top.  The glaze is a mixture of orange juice, orange marmalade and a touch of lemon juice heated on the stove until the glaze has reduced and has thickened.

Orange Buttermilk Bundt Cake - It’s a wonderfully moist cake beneath a crunchy, delicate crust. It’s got the perfect amount of orange flavor which is brought out through the zest mixed with sugar that is added to the batter. |

If you love the taste of oranges, you’ll love this cake.  You can certainly bake it in any Bundt cake pan you have.  It’s both classic and elegant and I know you’ll enjoy it as much as we did.

Orange Buttermilk Bundt Cake

Orange Buttermilk Bundt Cake - a wonderfully moist cake beneath a crunchy, delicate crust. If you love the taste of oranges, you'll love this cake!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Servings: 6 -8 servings


  • 1 cup butter room temperature, plus more for pan, 2 sticks
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour plus more for pan
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup orange zest
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup orange marmalade
  • 1/8 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour Bundt pan; set aside.
  • Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.
  • Combine sugar and orange zest in a large bowl; using your fingertips, rub together until orange sugar is well blended.
  • Add 1 cup butter to orange sugar. Using an electric mixer on high speed, beat until mixture is light and fluffy, about 4 minutes.
  • Add eggs one at a time, beating between additions and occasionally scraping down sides of bowl with a rubber spatula.
  • Beat until mixture is light and fluffy, about 4 minutes longer.
  • Reduce speed to low. Add dry ingredients in 3 additions, alternating with buttermilk in 2 additions, beginning and ending with dry ingredients.
  • Pour batter into prepared Bundt pan.
  • Bake cake until golden brown, about 60-70 minutes.
  • Transfer to wire rack and let cake cool in pan for 20 minutes.
  • Invert cake onto rack; remove pan and let cake cool completely.
  • While the cake is cooling, begin to prepare the glaze.
  • Combine orange marmalade, orange juice and lemon juice in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until glaze is reduced to 1/2 cup, 8-10 minutes.
  • Strain glaze into a small bowl, discard solids in strainer.
  • Pour glaze over completely cooled cake and let sit for 10 minutes before serving.


This Orange Buttermilk Bundt Cake can be made 2 days ahead and stored airtight at room temperature.

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28 thoughts on “Orange Buttermilk Bundt Cake”

  1. Olivia @ livforcake

    I support your love of pretty mismatched dishes and pretty bundt pans. This looks delicious!

  2. Your props are indeed very pretty but THAT CAKE is definitely and rightfully upstaging them all. Excited to try this recipe.

  3. Meg @ The Housewife in Training Files

    I want to go through all your dishes! Being a pretty dish hoarder is never a bad thing in our world 😉

  4. amanda @ fake ginger

    Obsessed with the shape of your bundt cake! Ahhh, I need that pan!

    I love going searching for dishes but I don’t have a good eye – like, I see something I like but I can’t imagine it in photos so I don’t buy it and then I’ll see a similar one on someone else’s blog and be mad at myself for not buying it! Lesson: just buy everything.

  5. Yup! Totally a dish hoarder here too! I love finding fun new ones. Home goods is one of my favorites.. I may go there today now that you mention it! 🙂

    1. I could seriously do some damage in Home Goods too, Kelley. I go in for one or two items and come back with so many things I didn’t know I needed.

  6. Shannon @ Dinner from the Heart

    I love Bundt cake. I love orange, I love the cake stand, the cake pan – oh who am I kidding! I love it all. This looks so beautiful and delicious. It has great texture. 🙂

  7. This is so pretty! I love buttermilk cake because it always turned out so moist. Plus anything with orange is perfect in my book.

  8. Kacey @ The Cookie Writer

    For the first time ever I am glad I do not own a bundt cake pan, because I am totally getting the one you have! I love how the cake turned out in this pan!

  9. Laura @MotherWouldKnow

    Joanne, I have bundt pan envy. My big bundt pan is a more traditional one. But I did buy a set of mini-bundt pans that have the same swirl as yours and this looks like the perfect recipe to try them out. Love the idea of a crust on a tender cake, especially when it has hints of orange.

  10. Buttermilk is such a great ingredient in cakes! This cake sounds fantastic – and the images are beautiful!

  11. heather @french press

    yes dish hoarding, I m right there with you, and I have SO many pretty bundt pans that I never use. but this cake looks so good, I need to dust them off and get baking

  12. Jen @ Baked by an Introvert

    What a gorgeous pattern! I love the orange flavor and I bet the buttermilk kept the cake incredibly moist. Pinned!

  13. Thalia @ butter and brioche

    Never had an orange flavoured bundt cake before.. looks and sounds seriously delicious. Could definitely devour a slice right now!

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