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Ridiculously Easy Orange Cake

easy orange cake

A blender. That’s all you will need to achieve this beautiful and aromatic orange cake.

I call this the ultimate lifesaver cake when you urgently  need a cake for any meeting and that you forgot — I’ve been in that situation more times that I would like.

This recipe is based on my Will’s grandmother’s. She is Portuguese and in Portugal orange cakes are serious business. She’s used to make this cake every sunday for family lunches. It’s the best cake for a coffee break after lunch.


easy orange cake


easy orange cake


In Portugal there is a province called Algarve that is widely known for its beaches and oranges: big, bright and fragrant oranges. There is just something unique about those damn oranges.

And in summer they are even tastier. They are sweet with the right amount of acidity. You can make sweet dishes like this cake or savory full meals like this citrus glazed chicken. It is such a versatile ingredient that I absolutely love, especially in summertime.




easy orange cake
Ridiculously easy orange cake
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
45 mins
A blender. That's all you will need to achieve this beautiful and aromatic orange cake.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Portuguese
Servings: 8 slices
  • 1 big orange
  • ¾ cups vegetable oil preferable sunflower oil
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp salt
  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC (356ºF)

  2. Cut the top and the bottom of the orange to remove its stalks. Then cut the orange into pieces without removing the peel.
  3. Pour into the blender the orange, the oil, the sugar, the eggs and the vanilla. Blend in high speed for 3 minutes. Make sure that the orange is completely blended.
  4. Mix the flour with the baking powder and the salt.
  5. Add the powder mix to the blender and blend in medium speed until everything is smooth.

  6. Pour the mix into a buttered cake mold. Take it to the oven for 40 minutes until the surface is slightly brown. Let it chill and take it out of the mold.


And that’s it! I bet you will not believe how tasty this cake is after going through this extremely easy process.

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