This orange bundt cake is so easy! It’s made with a yellow box cake mix with just a few extra ingredients added. The extra ingredients make this cake extra moist, extra flavorful, and extra delicious.
You know I love doctoring up dry mixes you can buy from the store. This pumpkin cake mix cake is especially my favorite. It’s such a delicious and easy way to make a great cake, without a lot of effort. It takes away most of the guess work of worrying about just the amount of baking soda or baking powder needed to get the right rise, and a nice moist crumb.
Plus this cake is so good, no one will ever guess that it started with a simple cake mix from the store.
This bundt cake is the perfect dessert for spring and summer time. It’s so light, refreshing and has that perfect citrus flavor in every single bite. This cake is perfect for any gathering in the spring and summer time. A picnic with friends, a backyard barbecue – you name it – it’s sure to be a crowd pleaser.
This orange cake is so easy to make, you’ll need:
- a box of cake mix – I like yellow, but you can use a white cake mix if that’s what you have on hand
- orange juice – I prefer fresh squeezed for the best flavor, but any orange juice will work, bottled, or even from concentrate (just make the juice first, don’t just use the concentrate)
- orange zest
- vanilla yogurt – you can use sour cream if you have that on hand instead
- vegetable oil – or canola oil, olive oil (though that will have a stronger flavor), coconut oil (make also leave a slight coconut flavor)
How to make orange bundt cake?
First you’ll mix together your eggs, vegetable oil, and water in a large bowl. Then add in the orange juice, orange zest, and vanilla yogurt. Then the dry cake mix. Stir it all together till you have a nice smooth batter.
Grease a bundt cake pan really well with butter or nonstick spray. Make sure to get all the nooks and crannies, and the middle tube too. Pour the batter into the pan and bake for about 35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out mostly clean. A few crumbs are okay.
Cool the cake in the pan for 15 minutes then carefully top it with a cooling rack and flip to invert it and remove it from the pan. Cool the cake completely before topping it with the glaze.
This orange bundt cake is delicious on it’s own. But it’s especially delicious with a simple glaze on top. The glaze is so easy to make with only powdered sugar, orange juice and vanilla extract. You can also add orange zest if you want it to have an especially orange flavor, but I like the simple glaze on top of the cake without the orange zest. Then I throw a little zest on top of the whole thing for flavor and color.
To make the glaze you’ll just whisk together the powdered sugar, orange juice, and vanilla extract. The glaze is drizzled over nicely to cover the whole thing, but messy enough that you don’t care how it drips. You can just carefully pour it over, or drizzle it with a spoon.
This cake is sweet, and moist, and bursting with the perfect orange citrus flavor! It’s so good everyone will want seconds!
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Orange Bundt Cake
For the Orange Bundt Cake:
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup water
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 cup orange juice (fresh squeezed is best, it was two oranges worth for me)
- 1 TBS orange zest (about 2 oranges worth)
- 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
- 15.25 oz yellow cake mix (dry mix)
For the Orange Glaze:
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup orange juice (fresh squeezed is best)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp orange zest (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix yogurt, orange juice and orange zest for the cake in a large bowl.
- Add in the eggs, vegetable oil and water.
- Pour in the dry cake mix and stir together for 2 minutes.
- Grease your bundt cake pan well with non stick spray or butter, making sure to get all the edges and the middle tube.
- Pour cake mixture into the bundt pan.
- Place in the oven and bake for about 35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Allow to cool in pan for 15 minutes.
- Flip the pan over onto a cooling rack and remove from pan carefully. Allow to cool completely.
- Combine all ingredients for the glaze in a small bowl. Add more powdered sugar or a little more orange juice if necessary to get the right consistency.
- Pour glaze evenly over cake.