Orange Bundt Cake With Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

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I’m not really the type of person that can just throw things together when baking and magically have it taste good. Cooking, I can make this happen. Baking, well, let’s just say one time in college I made out-of-the-box brownies and they came out so hard we couldn’t cut through them. So, know that if I’m giving you a baking recipe I worked my butt off to make sure this would taste good. And, this ones tastes, like a dream. The frosting is to die for!

Orange Bundt Cake with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

I set out to create something delicious, fresh and a little different. I picked orange because spring is just around the corner (well, now its pretty much here) and the color just made me happy. It took me two weekends to get this recipe right. My first one was just a bit too “done.” I tried lower baking temp the second time around and gave it a little more oven time to make sure it was cooked all the way through. This one turned out dense, moist and delicious!

Cookware for the Orange Bundt Cake

  • A bundt cake pan. One like this one is good. You want to make sure the pan isn’t too dark or it will impact the color of the top of the cake.  (You don’t have to make a bundt cake, but that’s what I used. In fact, I had to make more batter to actually fill out the pan.)
  • Tooth picks/shish kabob sticks
  • Dinner plate
  • Handheld mixer
  • Large bowl
  • Frosting decorating bottles or decorating bags with stainless steel tips

Orange Bundt Cake with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

Orange Bundt Cake Tips

  1. Bundt cake is notoriously difficult to get out of the pan. Make sure to use the butter and flour combo below to ensure your cake comes out looking pretty. Another option I recently heard is that you can make a paste with a few table spoons of shortening, flour and a few table spoons of vegetable oil. Just make sure to get whatever you use into all the little crevasse of the cake.
  2. Use a light bundt cake pan. A dark pan causes the cake to brown more.

Orange Bundt Cake with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting


Orange Bundt Cake with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

Orange Bundt Cake with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

The orange bundt cake will taste fresh and clean like spring. It's perfect for a party with it's moist texture and sunny, bright flavors. 
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: budnt cake, orange bundt cake
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Cooling time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 12


Cake Ingredients

  • 10 Tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice - About the juice from 2 oranges
  • 1 package of vanilla pudding with no artificial colors or flavors You can find natural options at the grocery store too.
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 eggs at room temperature
  • 2 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. orange extract
  • 1 tsp. butter
  • zest of three oranges

Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients

  • 8 oz cream cheese at room tempature
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup melted butter, cooled
  • 1 tsp. vanilla


Cake instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350
  • Combine your room temperature butter and sugar with a hand mixer until it is well blended. If your butter isn’t soft enough yet you can put it in the microwave for 30 seconds. 
  • Add in your eggs and vanilla and mix well.
  • Add in your pudding, flour, baking powder and milk. Mix well.
  • Add your fresh orange juice and orange zest. Mix well. 
  • Butter your entire bundt cake pan - make sure to get it into each and every crack. Then flour the pan and dump the excess. 
  • Bake at 325 for 55 minutes. Double check that it's done with a tooth pick. 
  • Wait until your cake cools to frost. About 30 minutes to 1 hour. 

Cream Cheese Frosting Steps

  • Combine cream cheese and butter. Mix well. 
  • Add in sugar and vanilla. Mix until everything is well combined and smooth. 

Slice and enjoy!

Happy eating, friends! I hope you love the Orange Bundt Cake recipe. If you make it please let me know your thoughts below.

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Orange Bundt Cake with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting


  1. That sounds heavenly! I wish I could just sit here and lick all the frosting off lol. I can’t wait to make this cake 🙂

  2. That looks so good! I love anything citrusy! Your photos are beautiful as well! Certainly makes your cake look delicious!

  3. I saw this pop up on my Pinterest feed and absolutely need to try it. It looks like the perfect cake for a Mother’s Day brunch!

  4. This looks like a cake that my kids will enjoy and I sure would love to make this for them. I love citrus flavors during Spring and Summer! I’m definitely keeping the recipe!

  5. This cake sounds amazing! Orange Creamsicle Pops were my favorite when I was a kid. Pinning this recipe to make this weekend!

  6. I cannot bake well at all. If this tastes as good as it sounds and looks I’m willing to try. With pudding, orange, cream cheese and powdered sugar how could this cake and frosting be anything but amazing?

  7. This sounds amazing. I’m basically drooling just reading about it and the photos are absolutely beautiful. If it tastes half as good as it looks, I’m sure it’s a winner!

  8. It looks so pretty! I love orange flavoring. It gives a nice citrus and spring taste to baking recipes. I had some glazed rolls once with a sugar orange glaze on top. They were delicious!

  9. I just LOVE your photography and graphics! You truly have a gift for food photography (it’s not easy!). I’m right with you on the “can’t just throw things together” while baking comment… Every time I try to get creative it goes wrong. Will definitely need to give this a go though!

  10. This definitely sounds like an orange dreamsicle cake. That is definitely a family favorite. We like to have dreamsicles in the summertime and this is a perfect way to enjoy it even in the winter.

  11. I think I need to try this recipe soon to see if I can make it for Easter, it would be a great Easter dessert. Love everything with oranges.

  12. That looks delicious and since I’m in charge of dessert for Easter I think I will make and bring this. Thanks for the idea!

  13. Oh my this sounds AND looks amazing! It’s almost too pretty to try but I so want to taste it, so it’s getting added to my list of things to make this month.


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