Tuesdays With Dorie – Odile’s Fresh Orange Cake


We are in the thick of orange season here in Florida, so I was excited to make this cake. This is truly the definition of a simple cake, which, in and of itself came together in just a few minutes. Simplicity in assemblage and appearance is not the same as simplicity in taste, however. This was bursting with flavor!

Originally I set down the path of making the poached orange topping, but since I used smaller local oranges, I would have needed a whole bag just to make that topping, and shaping them was so wasteful of the rest of the oranges. This was not entirely “fruitless”, as I found my arms and chin dripping in orange juice as I slurped up the remainder of the oranges in the skins. So delicious. So sweet. So juicy. Nothing like it. Anyway. No poached orange topping, so I instead used the poaching liquid to soak the cake, and then ended with the marmalade glaze.

In the end this cake was so delicious. I could barely restrain myself from eating the whole thing at once. It was so light and so refreshing, especially enjoyed with a glass of sparkling something on your warm, sunny patio. In fact I made this again last night for a potluck we are having at work today, and it was just so easy to quickly assemble as before, if not quicker having done it once before.

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21 Responses to Tuesdays With Dorie – Odile’s Fresh Orange Cake

  1. This is a recipe to keep in your back pocket, isn’t it? I know I’ll be making it again and again!

  2. Busy Oven says:

    How great is it to be able to use local fruits? Especially Florida oranges! Your cake looks great!

  3. I’m excited to hear it tastes good! I can’t wait to try it after reading everyone’s reviews! It looks like it’s bursting with flavor.

  4. Chez Nana says:

    I did the same as you with the oranges, I was eating all the pulp left over from the cuttings and trimmings. I thought by the time this is baked I would be sick of oranges. Who am I kidding,
    I enjoyed every bit of a delicious slice. Yours turned out lovely, that glaze is perfect.

  5. Summer says:

    Your cake looks delicious and sounds even better on the patio specially with that glass of sparkling something, what a terrific idea!

  6. Cakelaw says:

    I like the look of your alternative topping – the marmalade would have amped up the orange flavour.

  7. I started trying to do the poached orange slices and found it too trying. Very few cakes are so simple, refreshing and delicious. And paired well with sprinkling something! I think we’ve just found one.

  8. Teresa says:

    This is a perfect potluck cake – easy to put together and with a big ‘wow’ factor when people dig in.

    • Nicole @ The 2nd 35 Years says:

      It wound up being pretty popular. People were a little hesitant at first but wound up loving it.

  9. Tricia S says:

    So fun to see it with the orange marmalade glazing- lovely !! And I am uber jealous of your fresh oranges. I had scored blood oranges but also picked up some naval at the local market and the naval ones were quite tasteless. Hit or miss. But there is nothing like a juicy fresh orange. Plus the cake – great little recipe and I think I am especially partial to the backstory and it being so typically homemade and simple. Awesome job ~

    • Nicole @ The 2nd 35 Years says:

      Thanks Tricia… sorry to hear your navel oranges were bland. That is no good, and definitely not tasty. :- (

  10. yes to having this with a glass of something sparkling! i can tell you really enjoyed this one, and it looks super-great with a marmalade glaze.

  11. Zosia says:

    Your cake is so very pretty and sunny, and I like the picture you paint of enjoying it on your patio with a little something sparkling to sip.

  12. Diane Zwang says:

    Nicole thanks for sympathizing with me about my baking challenges this week. I feel more normal:) I should make this again with the poached oranges.

  13. Oooh, a marmalade glaze — what a great idea! And I’m so jelly about your fresh oranges — must be heaven!

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