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!

Orange Buttermilk Bundt Cake drizzled with orange glaze on a cake stand next to a small plate of orange slices

Pretty isn't it?

Orange Buttermilk Bundt Cake drizzled with orange glaze on a cake stand next to a dessert glass filled with orange slices, a jar of orange marmalade with a spoon, and a vase of roses with a pool in the background

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 drizzled with orange glaze on a cake stand

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 drizzled with orange glaze on a cake stand next to a jar of orange marmalade and a vase of roses with a pool in the background

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.

A cake server taking a slice out of a Orange Buttermilk Bundt Cake drizzled with orange glaze on a cake stand

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.

A slice of Orange Buttermilk Bundt Cake on a small plate with a fork resting on the side of the plate next to a dessert glass of orange slices and a cake stand

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.

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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!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Servings: 6 -8 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

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

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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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. pam (Sidewalk Shoes)

    I’m a hoarder (collector) too, though I usually try to buy 2 of everything. Love this cake!

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

  9. 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!

  10. 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.

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

  12. 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

  13. 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!

  14. 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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