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sour cream orange cake recipe

Sour Cream Orange Cake

This sour cream orange cake from Moosewood cookbook is moist, flavorful, and oh-so-delicious! Pair it with your morning coffee, or as an after dinner dessert.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American, French
Keyword blender pancakes, bundt, oranges
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 16
Calories 383 kcal



  • 1 1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs, large at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups unbleached white flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream*

Optional Syrup

  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice**
  • 3 tablespoons orange liqueur
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  1. Lightly grease bundt or tube pan. Preheat oven to 350F. Sift dry ingredients together in a bowl and set aside. Cream together butter and sugar until light fluffy in an electric mixer. Next, add in eggs, one at a time. Now, gently using a spatula add in dry ingredients and sour cream, alternating between dry ingredients and sour cream, starting and ending with dry ingredients.

    ingredients for orange cake
  2. Bake in oven for 55-60 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center. Let cool and invert onto serving platter.

    sour cream cake
  3. To make optional syrup melt orange juice, lemon juice, sugar and liqueur over medium heat until it starts to boil. Simmer for 2-3 minutes. Pour syrup over the cooled cake before serving.

    sliced orange cake

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Recipe Notes

*You can substitute sour cream with yogurt in this recipe.

** You can also substitute blood orange in place of orange for the zest and freshly squeezed juice in this recipe, or any sweet citrus if you'd like to experiment.


Nutrition Facts
Sour Cream Orange Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 383 Calories from Fat 208
% Daily Value*
Fat 23.1g36%
Saturated Fat 14.1g88%
Sodium 224mg10%
Potassium 171mg5%
Carbohydrates 41.3g14%
Fiber 0.7g3%
Sugar 22.1g25%
Protein 4.7g9%
Calcium 80mg8%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.