April 15th, 2014

Eggless Orange Cake With Orange Buttercream Frosting

Eggless Orange Cake With Orange Buttercream Frosting

I know that I’m not supposed to be posting so many sweets and desserts successively over here! I do agree that they add sweetness to life and mitigate sufferings temporarily, but at the same time, one must not forget that it has to be done in moderation.

But what to do when there is a birthday and a very important 5th birthday at that? A birthday that involves baking lots of cupcakes, cookies and an orange cake as per the request of the birthday boy.

And how could I not cater to the request of an orange cake by this cute little boy who just  happens to be the apple of my eye and the most precious human being in my life, a life that grew in my womb!

And the birthday boy in question is now 5 years old with mischievous streaks who loves to cycle and play with all his toys and friends and watch his favourite cartoons on the computer just like any other boy his age.

But apart from all the fun and frolic derived from play what also contents me about this little boy’s personality is his love for books. Not a single day goes by without me reading him a book and putting him to sleep at night.

What amuses and enthralls me is his ability to weave stories around everyday characters and from books too which also makes it compulsive for me to sift fact from fiction during mother-son interactions. But, that said, there is no dearth of entertainment in our household with all the music, dancing and stories coming from this little one.

This year my in laws passed on the plate in which the father ate his food the first time when he was 6 months old during the annaprashna ceremony (a vedic ritual concerning the eating of the first grain by a new born child) and the plate was laid for little Hari to arrive form school and savour the delights cooked by his mother.

Oblivious to the efforts put in by mother dearest, he did little justice to what was prepared and I had to take heart in the fact that he did relish this utterly delectable “Orange Cake”.

I have often found myself dreaming about an orange cake without eggs. A cake with the perfect texture, that is light and soft with delicate hints of citrus flavours.

And when Hari wanted an Orange cake for his birthday, I delved in and was very pleased to note that this cake not only lived upto my expectations but perhaps even surpassed my fastidious analysis test.

At times simple cakes bring the most joy and this cake definitely belongs to that category. Without any icing or frosting or other embellishments this cake can be a simple tea or coffee cake or a snack too. But give it a little base in terms of topping it up with a frosting and decorating it with your creativity and this simple beauty simply transforms into a marvelous piece of gorgeousness.

And so it can serve as a simple cake or an elaborate beauty to honour any celebration depending on your mood or life event.

If fresh bursts of citrus notes and flavours enliven you and refresh your senses then look no further! This cake scores on all fronts – taste wise, texture wise and looks wise. And isnt that what perfect cakes are all about?


Eggless Orange Cake With Orange Buttercream Frosting Recipe


For The Cake


210 gm (1 1/2 cups) plain flour

125 gm (1 cup) milk powder

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

100 gm (1/2 cup) butter, at room temperature

125 gm icing or confectioners sugar

250 ml (1 cup) milk

60 ml (1/4 cup) cream

juice of 1 orange (I got 3 tbsp out of a small orange)

1 tsp lime juice

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp pure orange extract, if available



Butter the base and sides of an 8” round cake pan. Line the base with grease proof paper or dust it with flour.

In a bowl put in the flour, milk powder, baking powder and baking soda. Give it a good mix and stir once to make the mixture uniform and sieve once to remove lumps, if any.

In a bowl, put in the butter and sugar and using an electric beater or wire whisk, beat until smooth and creamy.

Put in half the dry ingredients, half the milk and beat until smooth, after which put in the remaining dry ingredients and the milk and beat until smooth, about 2 to 3 minutes.

Stir in the cream, orange juice, lime juice and beat again for a couple of minutes until the batter is smooth.

Pour the batter into the tin and bake for 15 minutes at 175C. After 15 minutes, reduce the temperature to 150C and bake for 30 minutes more or until a skewer comes out clean.


For The Buttercream


200 gm (1 cup) butter (I used lightly salted butter from the brand amul)

455 gm (3 to 3 1/2 cups) icing, powdered or confectioners sugar

2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp orange extract (optional)

a few drops of natural food colouring (optional)

2 to 4 tbsp cream, depending on the consistency



Bring the butter to room temperature. It should not be cold but at the same time, make sure its has not melted or come to a stage where it is about to melt. The consistency and temperature of butter is vital for a good buttercream frosting or icing.

Beat the butter with a whisk or hand blender or with the paddle attachment of a stand mixer for a few minutes.

Put in about 3 cups of the icing or confectioners sugar and beat at the lowest speed until the butter and sugar are mixed well.

Now stir in the vanilla extract, orange extract and the natural food colouring if using and about 2 tablespoon of the cream or milk and beat for about a couple of minutes.

And then it is time for you to adjust the frosting. If your frosting looks good, then you are good to go! If it needs to be thinned, then add the remaining milk or cream, a tablespoon at a time.

For a more stiffer consistency, add more sugar.

After the cake is cooled, spread the icing/frosting over the cake with a palette knife and with the help of a piping nozzle make decorative designs. If you don’t have icing nozzle then simple spread the icing over the cake a palette knife and put sprinklers over it.


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  1. Anu says:

    Hi, is there anything else I can use in this cake instead of milk powder?
    And if m not using milk powder, will it affect the consistency if the cake, I mean it will remain soft and light or not?
    Please reply 😊

  2. coralcrue says:

    Divine photographs and beautiful post. The plate also looks so lovely. I love things that have a lot of history and value to it 🙂

  3. aparna achar says:

    the dressing on the cake is simply outstanding. Hats off to you for achieving this professional design.

  4. Nal says:

    Citrussy goodness. I was also taken by surprise, when I’d made eggless orange cupcakes sometime back, at the fluffy result. Of course, since chocolate goes so well with orange, had added choc chips. I bet the bday boy relished those choc cupcakes with orange icing too..

  5. Arundati says:

    Beautiful cake Anushruti and so apt for an afternoon tea party … esp. the cupcakes …

  6. Garima says:

    Lovely pictures..and tempting icing..i wish you cud give us some simple tips for icing our cakes. I tried making a layered cake , but it was very precariously standing till it got cut. We just manage to not make it slide over. The icing needed a lot to be desired in looks, though it was relished by everybody.
    How do i make it look as good as yours? 🙂 That’s a compliment.
    Thanks for your blog…I loved your tomato coconut milk rice recipe, simple and full of flavour.

  7. ruchika says:

    Wow anu..such a beautiful cake…hpy belated bday to ur son n god bless him..today only I was thinking what to do with oranges lying in fruit basket and see I got the answer.the decoration is superb its not looking homemade at all..vl surely gonna bake it tomorrow.

  8. Anushruti says:

    Anu: Unfortunately it is not easy to do replacements in baking. I tested this recipe with milk powder which happens to be an important ingredient here. Maybe you can try my other cake recipes without milk powder in it?

    coralcrue, aparna: Thank you.

    Nal: Chocolate and orange surely make an awesome combination.

    Arundati: Those cupcakes are always a hit at any party.

    Garima: Noted. That tomato rice recipe is a favourite of mine as well. So simple but yet totally delightful.

    ruchika: Thankyou. Hope you like this cake. 🙂

  9. Ashwini Kumble says:

    The cake looks delicious!!! The light orange color looks too good.. I love the way you have decorated the silver plate with flowers of different colors..Your little one will definitely cherish that picture and this whole post when he grows up 🙂

  10. Siri says:

    What a beautiful cake Anu. Belated birthday wishes to your kiddo. May the coming years be filled with lots of joy, happiness and learning little steps towards a fulfilling life. 😀


  11. Anita says:

    Amazing orange cake..Soft, moist and spongy, a tea cake with an Orange tinge..and the best part of it all,no eggs yayyyy…I dislike the eggy smell… and this recipe is a keeper…thanks Anu..love your blog

  12. Pooja says:


    I have tried making this cake 3 times in a row but the texture doesnt turn out the way you have photographed it..the only change i made was adding lemon juice same quantity as orange juice..will that make a difference? personally i feel there is to much liquid in the cake for it to rise well..the first time i made it the cake didnt rise at all..next time i added 2 tsps of baking powder and 1 tsp of baking soda..it did rise but moment i took it out of oven when baked it sank a little bit in the centre…toothpick inserted comes out clean but on slicing when cooled the cake is raw..i bake often and there has to be something i am doing wrong for it to not work if i am following the recipe as mentioned..so please can you help me on this..thank you

    Warm regards

  13. Anushruti says:

    Ashwini: I do hope so! Thank you.

    Siri: That’s a wonderful little wish. Thanks much!

    Anita: Hope you like this cake.

    Pooja: The only change you are saying you made is what has made all the difference. Baking is an exact science you can’t alter recipes and expect the same results. I have mentioned only 1 tsp lime juice and if you have used 3 tbsp it is too acidic for the cake batter to behave well and rise. I have added a little lime juice just to enhance the citrus flavour. Hope this helps to solve your dilemma.

  14. sharmi says:

    It looks Yummy!
    For sure i will definitely try it

  15. Noodlehead says:

    Your site is my go-to reference for when I need to bake eggless cakes for company! Your recipes are foolproof and always a hit (your vanilla bean cake with butterscotch frosting is my absolute favorite). Best of all, I LOVE that you provide metric measurements. Thanks for another lovely recipe.

    Btw, I’ve been looking for a sturdy cupcake stand to hold cupcakes at my children’s birthday parties. May I know where you acquired yours from?

  16. Lovely cake Anu. I remember the post you had written when Harivansh was a year old…Time flies! The cake looks so awesome in terms of texture. Hardly looks like its eggless. Lovely clicks as usual, Happy 5`th bday to Harivansh.


  17. Radhika says:

    Hi Anu, Your cake looks absolutely Beautiful. Made this cake a few days back and I can say without doubt that it was the best cake I’ve ever made. I couldn’t believe how unbelievably soft it came out ! 🙂 I again made it for my sis’s bday and she too loved it. Thanks a lot for this fabulous recipe ! 🙂

    One question though.. I don’t have orange extract. So if I wanted a more pronounced orange taste, how much more orange juice can be added to this mixture ?? Thanks and all the best ! 🙂 Hope your son had a great day feasting on his beautiful cake ! 🙂

  18. Garima says:

    hie ..can i see more Havyaka recipes soon? i’m dying to know more about the cuisine

  19. Lovely cake and nice snaps Anu. First time in your kitchen and love your webspace. Definitely will try this cake and let you know.

    See you some time at CheenaChatti.

  20. chithra says:

    didi, what size do we get with this amount?

  21. Avni says:

    Dear Anushruti, I stumbled upon your blog recently and am amazed and delighted to see so many eggless cake recipes you have here! Only yesterday I was speaking to my mother-in-law (she doesn’t eat eggs) on how we need more eggless baked treats in our lives 🙂 Look forward to future posts from you!

  22. Rashmi says:

    Hi Anushruti,
    Baked this cake yesterday with outstanding results! I didn’t have milk powder and cream hence substituted with equal amounts with almond meal and yoghurt. The results were very good and will be repeated with some extra citrus flavour. Thank you for this recipe.

  23. Your photographs are really nice,and cake is looking amazing. Thanks for sharing this nice egg less recipe.

  24. Hey there! I could have sworn I’ve been to this blog before but after reading through some of the
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  25. nishita gandhi says:

    hey, can i make cupcakes using this recipe? if yes..then how many will it make? one more question, which food colour should i use? thanks a ton! 😀

  26. This looks delicious! Love the orange flavors, it sounds great! 🙂

  27. Anushruti says:

    Avni: Will be happy to oblige. 🙂

  28. Tapashi Dey says:

    Nice post. I will definitely try it in my daughter’s birthday.

  29. Arthi says:

    How long does this keep good? Can I make th frosting/cake in advance and store

  30. Anushruti says:

    Arthur: Yes you can make the frosting in advance and store. His cake stays good for 4 to 5 days in the refrigerator if it stays that long, that is.

  31. Genges says:

    Hi Ms Anushruti! Greetings from Malaysia. Your presentation is awsome.Wanna double check on the type of cream and milk in your receipt. Do you mean whipping cream for cream and fullcream milk for milk? or something else?

  32. Anushruti says:

    Genges: You can use full cream or low fat cream depending on what you want. The same holds good for the cream. You can use full fat, whipping cream or low fat cream. I used 25% fat cream. Full fat milk and cream will give a rich and tasty cake.

  33. nishita gandhi says:

    hi, how cupcakes does this recipe make? and what food colour i should use?

  34. nishita gandhi says:

    how many*

  35. Anushruti says:

    nishita: This should make about 12 to 15 cupcakes. Natural food colour is difficult to get in India.

  36. Shilpa says:

    Hi anushruthi,

    I made this cake and was fantabulous. But for my chocolate loving daughter can I make it chocolate cake. If yes what flour, milk powder and cocoa powder ratio do you suggest.

    I know you have lot of chocolate cake recipes with condensed milk. But this one most decedent cake ever

  37. Pradnya says:

    Hi Anushruti

    You have a very cute lil boy, mine is turning 4 next month and am looking forward to baking some cupcakes for him and his friends! I was wondering if there was a better way to present the cupcake wrappers/liners, mine always seem to absorb the oil from the cupcake 🙁 Do you line yours doubly before baking them or otherwise? Please let me know. Thanks!

  38. Anushruti says:

    Pradnya:There is no need to doubly line the cupcake tins if your recipe is right. A good cake/cupcake never sticks to the tin or liner. If you follow a good recipe properly, you should not have the problem of the cake sticking to the tin/liner at all. Also make sure you leave the cake/cupcake to cool on a wire rack once its done.

  39. akshita says:

    If i am making cupcakes using the same recipe then for how long should i bake them?
    And also, when should i reduce the temp as you have mentioned for the cake?

    Another thing- in all your recipes, is the butter used unsalted or the salted amul butter? Can i use nutralite and have same results?

  40. Anushruti says:

    Akshita: 20 minutes for cupcakes..no need to reduce temperature. I use whatever is available. Amul works fine. Can’t say about nutralite as I dont use it.

  41. MARIE LALL says:

    I want to make this cake today for my sister’s birthday tomorrow (Nov 3rd), but I do not have cream. Can I use anything else in place like evaporated milk, yogurt or condense milk? Please reply asap for me because I might make it later today and frost it tomorrow. Also, please give your input on the frosting if it should be done today or tomorrow and how to store it overnight.

    Thank you so much


  42. Anushruti says:

    Marie: I’m so sorry Im a bit late in replying. I have been under the weather and add to this the crashing of my mother board. Coming to your question you could replace the cream with the milk. And do the icing up to a day in advance and refrigerate the cake. Sorry once again for not being able to reply on time.

  43. Poonam says:

    Hii Anu
    I got my new oven nd made dis cake
    For my moms retirement. She didn’t like
    Storebought cake but she liked dis cake so
    Much. Color and texture is just same as u.
    Thank you so much
    I made ur chocolate cupcake with glacé icing
    And blueberry muffines with whole wheat flr nd
    Chocolate chips, both are fantastic.
    Can u please share Grilled vegetable receipe nd
    Pasta in lemon sauce?

  44. Anushruti says:

    Poonam: Very nice to hear that! Sure..will keep your request in mind. Look forward to hearing more from you.

  45. Bhavana says:

    Hey Anu,
    Tried this with fantastic results…everyone loved the cake and it lasted only a few hrs.
    Just one thing…the orange flavor is not very pronounced…shud i add a bit of essence or cud it be cos i diluted the juice?
    And the cake was rising just right but at tge end it sank in the center. Is it the raising agents? Pls guide

  46. Anushruti says:

    Bhavana: I use an orange extract which is unfortunately not available in India. You can use 2 tbsp of orange marmalade maybe? Pls refer to my baking FAQ for the cake sinking in the center.

  47. Bhavana says:

    Thanks a ton Anu…will try the marmalade

  48. saranya says:


    I am planning to bake this cake for my anniversary. Can you tell me what decorating tips you used for the icing. Hopefully it comes out as pretty as yours!


  49. Anushruti says:

    saranya: I used a wilton 2D and 1M tips.

  50. saranya says:

    Thanks this was a hit! I have a 8 month old daughter and for every monthly birth dates I have baked your cakes, and plan to continue till she turns one! I also plan to make your cupcakes for her bday; Thank you for all the inspiration and kudos to you! Congrats btw!

  51. Anushruti says:

    saranya: That’s awesome!Look forward to hearing more from you.

  52. Viji says:

    Hi Anu,

    Tried this cake today, it turned out to be amazing.I have been trying eggless cakes one after the other to no avail;I had almost concluded that they will never turn out as good as cakes with egg, even if they don’t flop.But this one can give any cakes with egg a run for their money.Thank you so much for this awesome recipe.Happy caking!

  53. Anushruti says:

    Viji: Awesome! That’s so nice to hear!

  54. Bhavana says:

    Hi Anu,
    Planning to bake this once again
    this time with orange marmalade as suggested
    by you.
    At what stage should i add that at and how much?

  55. Anushruti says:

    Bhavana: Just mix it into the batter.

  56. Viji says:

    Hi Anu,

    I tried this cake again with some modification
    I wanted a more pronounced orangey taste,So I peeled oranges,de-seeded them and ground them to a pulp.Instead of !cup milk I used ! cup of this orange pulp and instead of 3 tbsp of orange juice, I used 3 tbsp milk, rest of the recipe and procedure was exactly he same.The cake turned out well,with a bit more orangey taste,it has a nice yellow colour too!
    Thanks for great base recipe.
    Got a few more ideas for modifications to this cake to bring out different effects and flavors, will share them as and when I try them!

  57. Anushruti says:

    Viji: It’s good to note that the cake turned out well for you. For a more pronounced orange flavour, I would use orange extract. Not sure about the texture of the cake with orange pulp. But, glad it worked for you. 🙂

  58. Sandra says:

    I’ve made this cake three times…it was delicious everytime but the first two attempta yeilded a heavy and dense cake. I know a good cake when I see one so I was sure I was doing something wrong…I’m not sure if it’s just because I live in a different climate (one of the lowest humidities in the world) but it didn’t look as beautiful as yours and it was so dense unlike the one made here. Finally I tried using cake flour instead of all purpose flour. Now, after my 3rd attempt following all your steps, I have finally achieved something close to the light crumb of your recipe by substituting cake flour for all purpose flour. This is definitely the best eggless recipe I’ve ever made, thanks for sharing, it was a lifesaver for my nephews bday party.

  59. Aritri says:

    Hi, I want to bake this cake for my daughters birthday. Can I make it a day before ? How can I store it?please reply

  60. Anushruti says:

    Sandra- Thank you for the feedback. Look forward to hearing more from you.

  61. Anushruti says:

    Aritri- Yes you can make it a day before and store it in the refrigerator. If you have a cake cover then you can cover it as well.

  62. Aritri says:

    Hi, I have made this cake for my daughters birthday. It was perfect, absolutely delicious . It is the best textured eggless cake I have ever made. Thank you.

  63. Anushruti says:

    Aritri-So happy to hear that!

  64. D says:

    Hi Anushruti, I would like to make this cake and wanted to double check from the ingredients list if the 60ml cream mentioned is single cream?

    Would be great to hear from you, you did a lovely job at decorating this birthday cake, so pleased to have come across it!

    I wonder how many cupcakes you made to go with this cake and if you would be able to share a large quantity recipe for cupcakes? would be very helpful for us home bakers especially for occasions like birthday’s.

  65. Anushruti says:

    D- You can use single cream. I have many recipes that are good for large scale baking. You can also double your favourite recipe. Try this- http://www.divinetaste.com/archives/eggless-vanilla-cupcakes-with-chocolate-buttercream-icing/

  66. Ashima says:

    I have made this cake 4-5 times and it has always come out perfect.I am planning to make this cake
    Again and want to do cream icing on it. I have a doubt in mind that after refrigeration the cake will get hard and i wont be able to keep it on counter for long for the cake to soften as the icing will melt. Its very hot and humid here. What if u replace butter with oil will it do? If yes pls tell how much qty of oil should i use and what method to follow to incorporate oil into this recipe? Which brand of oil will give a better taste.
    Thanks in advance

  67. D says:

    Hi I made this cake and tasted amazingggg. The skewer came out clean but when cut the bottom looked undercooked. What could have caused this? Any ideas? I want to make it again soon.

  68. Anushruti says:

    1Ashima- You cannot use oil to make the icing. The butter icing wont harden inside a refrigerator. You can bring it out and it softens after a few minutes. Hope this helps!

  69. Anushruti says:

    D- Did you bake the cake in the centre of the oven and was your oven heating from the top and from beneath as well?

  70. Ashima says:

    Dear Anushruti
    I want to bake the cake by replacing butter with oil. For icing i will use fresh cream only. For baking cake i want to ask if i can use oil? Will i get similar texture and taste? If yes then in which step should i add oil.

  71. Anita says:

    Hi Anushruti – just baked this wonderful orange cake minus the butter icing. My folks loved it although I feel the texture was not as good as yours :).

    Instead of the butter icing (which is a bit too rich for me)I am going to try it next with an orange glaze – similar to the lime glaze you used for the Apple Spice cake. Do you have any other topping suggestions?

    Thank you, Anushruti – your recipes are so amazing and reliable!

  72. Anushruti says:

    Ashima- You can replace the butter with oil. Taste and texture would be different. Butter gives a rich flavour, while oil gives a softer cake.

  73. Anushruti says:

    Anita- Happy to know you enjoy my recipes. You can serve this cake plain, dust with icing sugar, fill it with whipped cream or drizzle with chocolate sauce or syrup.

  74. sweta says:

    tried this cake came out outstanding texture was exactly like yours.. .for cake i stuck to ur website.. wonderful recipes

  75. Anushruti says:

    sweta- Good to know that. Keep up the good work!

  76. Darshana says:

    Hi Anushruti,
    Another great recipe, I must say. I wanted to ask if I don’t find orange extract will orange zest work? If yes how much should I add.
    Thank you!

  77. Anushruti says:

    Darshana- Yes, you can use orange zest to intensify the flavour.

  78. Vijayalakshmi Surendhra says:

    Hi Anushruti, I baked this cake few days ago for a get together and it turned out awesome !! Very soft and delicious and got loads of appreciation . Pl let me know if I can increase the no of Tablespoons of Orange Juice or substitute the lime juice with orange juice to get a stronger orange flavour. I used Orange essence instead of orange extract, but still the orange taste wasn’t strong.

  79. Anushruti says:

    Vijayalakshmi- The orange flavour depends on the quality of the oranges and if you really want the perfect orange flavour, you will have to use natural orange extract. I’m not sure if this is available here. Substituting lime juice wont work and might mess up the cake too.

  80. Keerthi says:

    Hi. Is there any substitute for cream ?

  81. Anushruti says:

    Keerthi: You can substitute milk with the cream.

  82. Minal says:

    It’s just simply awesome recipe.Thanks you for sharing this recipe.I have tried this cake today n it came out delicious n perfect texture soft buttery.One thing I have changed that I want added 1tsp orange zest instead of orange extract.The

  83. Anushruti says:

    Minal: Glad you liked it. Thanks for sharing.

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