Orange Tea Cake

Orange Tea Cake

Orange Tea Cake 992 661 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

The hardest part about making this fluffy and light orange tea cake is not eating it all in one sitting. This recipe is quick to make and perfect for when you need to bake a last-minute cake. The orange tea cake along with my chocolate orange cake is simple cake recipes and staple desserts in our home.

a slice of orange tea cake served on a plate


  • 1½ cups plain flour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 180 grams sugar (¾ cup + 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice pulp free
  • ¼ cup yogurt
  • 100 ml vegetable oil
  • icing sugar
  • orange zest to garnish

Notes from Rouba

  • Everyone’s oven is different, and therefore the recommended baking time is just a guide. You will need to test your cake with a cake tester.
  • A cake tester can be anything from a wooden skewer to a toothpick. Insert it in the centre of the cake and then remove it. Your cake is ready if the skewer comes out clean. If any crumbs are attached to the skewer, place the cake back into the oven for several more minutes.


Step 1.
Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease a round 20-cm springform cake tin.

Combine the flour, baking powder, and orange zest in a bowl and set aside. Place the eggs, vanilla essence, and lemon zest in a large bowl and beat it with an electric mixer at a moderate speed, adding the sugar gradually until light and fluffy.

Step 2.
Reduce the speed to low. Add the dry ingredients and ½ a cup of orange juice, alternating between the two.

adding orange juice and flour to the egg mixture

Step 3.
By hand, stir in the yogurt and oil and fold gently.

adding vegetable oil to the orange tea cake

Pour into the prepared cake tin. Bake for approximately 35 minutes or until cooked through and your cake tester comes out clean (see notes above).

Step 4.
While the cake is still hot, create holes on the top using a skewer.

creating holes on the top using a skewer

Slowly pour over the remaining ½ cup of orange juice.

pouring over the remaining orange juice

Allow the cake to cool completely. Dust with icing sugar and garnish with extra orange zest.

orange tea cake served on a wooden board

Why you will love this cake:

Fluffy and light
Last-minute simple cake
Family favourite
Super easy to make
Homemade ‘grandma cake’

Sahtan – Enjoy In Good Health