Recipe: Gâteau à l’orange

This is a recipe for an orange cake that I got from Fred in Québec. He got it from his grandmother who got it from a newspaperway back in the day. The ingredients and the recipe are simple, but the results are delicious. Here is my slighty jazzed-up Anglophone version:


4 large free-range eggs

2 cups of white sugar

2 cups of white flour

2 teaspoons of baking soda

a pinch of salt

3/4 cup of vegetable oil (I used a half cup of neutral safflower oil and 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil to give the cake that Mediterranean je ne sais quoi)

2/3 cup of freshly squeezed orange juice (about 1 and a half oranges)

Grated rind of 1 orange

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

powdered sugar (for topping)


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (177 Celsius).

2. Beat together the eggs and the white sugar for 2 minutes

3. Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt and beat into the egg and sugar mixture

4. Beat in the rest of the ingredients except for the powdered sugar and transfer batter to a ring-shaped cake pan or a Bundt cake pan

5. Bake in the preheated oven for 50 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean

6. Allow the cake to cool complete, remove from cake pan, invert onto a serving plate and top with sifted powdered sugar. Et voilà, c’est fini! Très simple et délicieux.



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4 responses to “Recipe: Gâteau à l’orange

  1. Fred

    Otsukare! The cake looks amazing. I like that you’ve added an extra zest of orange to it. This is the perfect recipe to let your imagination go. You can substitute the orange juice by any sort of juice or fruit you like. You’ll be surprised at how fast this cake disappears, even while you are asleep (it’s the perfect night snack on your way back to pee stop).

  2. I just want to let you know tht I baked this cake today.. only change I did was .. I poured 3 tbl spn fresh orange juice mixed with a tbl spn of sugar on top of the cake after baking ..
    Super recipe and thank you.

  3. Paige

    What happened in the oven? My cake rose, then fell before it was done. And ‘no’, I did not open the oven door! Puzzled

  4. Not knowing the details, I can’t say for sure, but it could depend on elevation, or the kind of cake pan you have. I don’t actually have much baking experience. That’s the only cake I know how to make.

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