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Orange Layer Cake

Orange Layer Cake by Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a 3 layer vanilla and orange scented cake with a cream cheese and orange buttercream. This citrus cake is aromatic, made with orange zest and juice. The layers are fluffy and the balanced. This cake is the perfect cake to transition from winter to spring and is beautiful for Easter as well. Learn how to make it on thewoodandspoon.com.

Is it just me, or has it been positively forever since we’ve talked cake?! Cake used to be our bread and butter here- all the decorations, frostings, and flavor combinations fed my creativity (and belly!) in all sorts of ways. Now, I’m more quick to whip up a batch of cookies or a tub of ice cream, because sometimes easy is the thing that tastes best. Well, today we’re going old school. I have an orange layer cake to share, and you are absolutely going to love it.

Orange Layer Cake by Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a 3 layer vanilla and orange scented cake with a cream cheese and orange buttercream. This citrus cake is aromatic, made with orange zest and juice. The layers are fluffy and the balanced. This cake is the perfect cake to transition from winter to spring and is beautiful for Easter as well. Learn how to make it on thewoodandspoon.com.

Orange Layer Cake

First, let’s talk about the best orange layer cake ever. One of my very favorite cake bakeries is Piece of Cake in Atlanta, GA. Their white chocolate cake has long been my all-time favorite, so much so that I even made my own a while back. Well, turns out that white chocolate isn’t the only thing they kill at- their orange layer cake is stellar too.

Orange Layer Cake by Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a 3 layer vanilla and orange scented cake with a cream cheese and orange buttercream. This citrus cake is aromatic, made with orange zest and juice. The layers are fluffy and the balanced. This cake is the perfect cake to transition from winter to spring and is beautiful for Easter as well. Learn how to make it on thewoodandspoon.com.

Admittedly, I’m not much of an orange person (unless we’re talking cocktails), but Piece of Cake opened my heart to the possibility of a delicious orange flavored layer cake. As a result, today I’m serving up a version of my own. It’s brightly scented with orange zest and vanilla, and the cream cheese buttercream has the most balanced sweetness. They layers are light and fluffy, all flecked with little wisps of orange zest. Because oranges are a winter fruit, this makes the perfect cake to transition from winter into sunnier times. Let me tell you how to make it.

Orange Layer Cake by Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a 3 layer vanilla and orange scented cake with a cream cheese and orange buttercream. This citrus cake is aromatic, made with orange zest and juice. The layers are fluffy and the balanced. This cake is the perfect cake to transition from winter to spring and is beautiful for Easter as well. Learn how to make it on thewoodandspoon.com.

Orange Layer Cake by Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a 3 layer vanilla and orange scented cake with a cream cheese and orange buttercream. This citrus cake is aromatic, made with orange zest and juice. The layers are fluffy and the balanced. This cake is the perfect cake to transition from winter to spring and is beautiful for Easter as well. Learn how to make it on thewoodandspoon.com.

Making the Cake

First, we start by creaming together butter, oil, and sugar. We whip until the mixture becomes light and fluffy. Next, we add in eggs, vanilla, and a bit of orange zest. Finally, we finish out with the dry ingredients of flour, leavening, and salt, alternating in room temperature milk and orange juice. The three layers bake up quickly in the oven, and in the meantime, you can prep your buttercream. Here, butter and cream cheese come together with powdered sugar and orange zest. A bit of salt adds balance to this mild frosting, and it all gets slathered over the three layers of cake.

Orange Layer Cake by Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a 3 layer vanilla and orange scented cake with a cream cheese and orange buttercream. This citrus cake is aromatic, made with orange zest and juice. The layers are fluffy and the balanced. This cake is the perfect cake to transition from winter to spring and is beautiful for Easter as well. Learn how to make it on thewoodandspoon.com.

Orange Layer Cake by Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a 3 layer vanilla and orange scented cake with a cream cheese and orange buttercream. This citrus cake is aromatic, made with orange zest and juice. The layers are fluffy and the balanced. This cake is the perfect cake to transition from winter to spring and is beautiful for Easter as well. Learn how to make it on thewoodandspoon.com.

I like to barely color the frosting with a bit of food coloring to make its otherwise creamy shade a very pale peach. Feel free to skip this step if you’d like. Once done, the cake can be decorated with additional buttercream, orange slices, or even curls of orange peel! The world is your oyster. I hope you all enjoy this orange cake and are eager to bake yourselves silly with cake. Happy Thursday to you and Happy Baking!

If you like this orange layer cake you should try:

Blood Orange Cheesecake
Blood Orange Bundt Cake
Lemon Pound Cake
Blueberry Lemon Pound Cake
Coconut Key Lime Cake

Orange Layer Cake by Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a 3 layer vanilla and orange scented cake with a cream cheese and orange buttercream. This citrus cake is aromatic, made with orange zest and juice. The layers are fluffy and the balanced. This cake is the perfect cake to transition from winter to spring and is beautiful for Easter as well. Learn how to make it on thewoodandspoon.com.
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Orange Layer Cake

This orange layer cake, scented with vanilla and orange zest, is frosted with a orange cream cheese buttercream- divine!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 35
  • Total Time: 120
  • Yield: 8-10 Servings
  • Category: Dessert

Ingredients

For the cake:

  • 1 ¼ cups unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons orange zest
  • ½ cup orange juice, at room temperature
  • ½ cup milk, at room temperature

For the frosting:

  • 1 ½ cups unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 5 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

To prepare the cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare three 8” round baking pans by lining the bottoms with parchment rounds and spraying the sides with baking spray.
  2. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter and oil on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the sugar. Beat for an additional 2 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time on low speed and beat to combine, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Stir in the extract. In a smaller separate bowl, combine the cake flour, baking powder, salt, and orange zest. Stir half of the dry ingredients into the cake batter and then stir in the orange juice. Add the remaining dry ingredients and stir just until almost combined. Scrape the sides of the bowl and stir in the milk.
  3. Fill the three prepared pans with equal amounts of batter, smooth the tops, and bake in the preheated oven for about 22-24 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow to cool to room temperature.

To prepare the frosting:

  1. Beat the butter in the bowl of a stand mixer until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Next, add the cream cheese and beat to combine, about 45 seconds. Add the extract, salt, and orange zest, stirring to combine. Add the powdered sugar and stir on low speed until incorporated, and then increase speed to beat for about 20 seconds. If you taste your frosting and would prefer it a bit sweeter, add an additional ½ cup powdered sugar. If you frosting it too thick to spread, add a tablespoon of water or orange juice until it comes to the right consistency.
  2. When ready to assemble the cakes, trim any dome off the top of each cake. Spread 1-1/4 cups of frosting on top of the first cake layer and then top it with a second layer of cake. Repeat this process once more and then continue frosting the cake to your liking. If desired, toast some almonds or shredded coconut in the oven at 350 degrees for about 10 -15 minutes, stirring regularly, to use as a garnish. This step isn’t necessary. Cake can be stored at room temperature but is best on day of assembly.

Notes

  • I prefer to frost partially frozen cakes. You can bake the cake layers, wrap them in plastic wrap and freeze up to a week in advance, and then assemble as normal. This help to keep your cakes from slouching, but be sure to freeze them on flat surfaces.

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Year-End Recap and the 10 Best Recipes of 2023

These are the 10 best recipes of 2023! Check out the most popular recipes from this site this past year, including cookies, bars, biscuits, and more! The recipes are found here on thewoodandspoon.com

HAPPY NEW YEAR! I cannot tell you how good it feels to say “2024.” Last year was a good one, for sure, but I love the idea of a fresh start. Unlike in past years, I’m entering this January pretty content- fewer resolutions and goals, but really happy about another year of days to spend with the people I love. Is “grateful” the word I’m looking for? Probably. 🙂

Today, I’m giving a bit of recap (a highlight reels, if you will), including the best recipes, tutorials, and more of 2023. Sit tight as we wrap up 2023.

Up first, HER DAILY BREAD!

I’d be remiss if I failed to remind you about my daily devotional (with recipes throughout!), Her Daily Bread. It’s a 365-day book with daily readings beginning on January 1st, and it’s the perfect little nugget to begin you year with. Personal stories, correlating scripture references, and bits of fun and hope sprinkled throughout make this the short and sweet one-a-day reading for the bakers, mothers, daughters, friends, and women in your life. You can find the book at all major booksellers, but I’ll share the amazon link HERE. Please give it a read- I really believe you’ll enjoy it.

Her Daily Bread Kate Wood and Spoon

10 Best Recipes of 2023

Before I get started, did you know I can track the most popular pages on this site? These 10 recipes below are the 10 Best Recipes of 2023- the most visited and baked treats on Wood & Spoon. To be honest, you guys have great taste- these are some of my faves, too. Whether you’re looking for a perfect chocolate chip cookie, my favorite maple pie, or the flakiest overnight buttermilk biscuits, you’re covered. Good job, y’all- you really know how to pick them.

1. Overnight Buttermilk Biscuits
2. Brownie Petit Fours
3. Salted Maple Pie
4. The Best Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies
5. Mini Cinnamon Rolls
6. Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Biscuits
7. Peppermint Bark Bread
8. My Best Mini Muffins
9. Sugar Cookie Double Doozies
10. Easy Chewy Brownies

Baking Tutorials

You guys also *loved* the tutorials in 2023, and you know what- I love that about you! We 100% can do new things and tackle challenging stuff in the kitchen. Whether you learned how to lattice a pie, make homemade ice cream, or bake pâte à choux, I’m proud of you for stepping out of your comfort zone and into the kitchen. I’ll list the top 3 tutorial below, but you can check them all out HERE.

How to Make Homemade Caramel

    You Need to Know How to Make Caramel by Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a tutorial with visual cues on how to caramelize sugar. Learn how to know when caramel is done, when to pull caramel off the heat, and how to prevent a crystallized, grainy caramel mess! Learning about caramel is an essential baking skill that you can master today! Read more here on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood caramel sauce, salted, spun sugar, drizzle


    Stacking a Layer Cake


    How to Stack a Layer Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. Learn the tips and how to for stacking pretty naked cakes and layer cakes from scratch homemade! Step by step tutorial with photos for learning can decorating for beginners. Learn about leveling cakes, crumb coats, filling a cake, piping borders, and more. On thewoodandspoon.com


    How to Whip Egg Whites


    You Need to Know How to Whip Egg Whites and Make Meringue Cookies. This is a tutorial on whipping egg whites to firm, stiff, soft, or foamy peaks and how to make a meringue! Learn how to make easter resurrection cookies with pecans and how to troubleshoot what went wrong with your egg whites. Why did they defeat, not fluff up, not whip, etc. Learn how to use up egg whites in this tutorial post on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

    What’s Next in 2024?

    I’m busy daydreaming about what’s to come in the days, weeks, and months that will follow this one. Please know that I just love having you be apart of this journey. I hope 2024 is our tastiest year yet. Happy 2024 and happy baking!

    20 Recipes to Make in 2023 (and a Giveaway!)

    20 Recipes to Bake in 2023 from Wood and Spoon blog. These are 20 of the best baked treats, sweets, and desserts with everything from chocolate chip cookies, layer cakes, pound cake loaves, ice cream, pies, and more. Learn how to make easy simple baking as a new year's resolution on thewoodandspoon.com.

    HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope your holiday was full of love, good food, and joy. To celebrate the fresh page that is January, I have two things to offer you: first, a giveaway! Keep reading to learn how to win a copy of my book, HER DAILY BREAD, just in time for the new year. Second, I have rounded up 20 of my personal favorite recipes on Wood & Spoon. If you’ve ever wondered where to begin with the recipes on this site, here it is. Let’s get started!

    A Giveaway!

    (Note: The contest is now closed) This time of year is normally when I jot down resolutions and goals, but I’ll be honest: I’m not sure where to start this year. Surprisingly, the unknown kinda feels good. While any sort of work goal or personal intention might seem hazy from where I sit on January 4th, I do know what I want more of in 2023. Instead, pursuing the things that fill my heart is a pretty good place to start. I want more intentional time with my family, growing friendships, creative and curious endeavors, and a deepening relationship with God. Surely that’s enough to keep me busy the next 365 days.

    If you’re like me in that boat, I want to offer a giveaway for a copy of my book. HER DAILY BREAD is all about how relationship with others, God, and even ourselves intersect with the most simple of things. Plus, with year-long readings and 52 recipes, it’s enough to keep you on pace all year round. If you’d like to win a signed copy, write a comment at the bottom of this post telling me what you want more of in 2023. No resolutions required, just hope and anticipation. Good luck!

    20 Recipes to Make in 2023… in No Particular Order

    Second, here’s a few recipes to make in 2023! These are my most favorite of favorites- salty chocolate chip cookies, the fluffiest red velvet cake, and a creme brûlée custard that is absurd. If you’re looking to expand your baking horizons, these are the recipes to make in 2023.

    20 Recipes to Bake in 2023 from Wood and Spoon blog. These are 20 of the best baked treats, sweets, and desserts with everything from chocolate chip cookies, layer cakes, pound cake loaves, ice cream, pies, and more. Learn how to make easy simple baking as a new year's resolution on thewoodandspoon.com.

    1. Shortbread Cookies
    2. Southern Coconut Cream Pie
    3. Funfetti Cake
    4. Eleven Madison Park Granola
    5. Blueberry Maple Pie
    6. Cookie Dough Truffles
    7. Banana Crumb Cake
    8. Kitchen Sink Cookies
    9. Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies
    10. Creamy Rice Pudding
    11. Mini Buttermilk Biscuits
    12. Best Mini Muffins
    13. Creme Brûlée Frozen Custard
    14. Banoffee Pie
    15. Vegan Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies
    16. No-Churn Strawberry Pretzel Pie Ice Cream
    17. Red Velvet Cake
    18. Cinnamon Sugar Cake
    19. Overnight Cinnamon Rolls
    20. Marble Loaf Pound Cake

    Does this get you ready to bake!?!? I hope so. Be sure to enter the giveaway below, and let me know what you’re looking forward to in 2023. Happy Wednesday, y’all, and as always, happy baking!