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Orange Buttermilk Pound Cake

Orange Buttermilk Pound Cake

This recipe makes 2 pound cakes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword buttermilk, orange pound cake, pound cake
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 8 per loaf
Author Ina Garten


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temperature
  • 2 1/2 cups white sugar, divided
  • 4 extra large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup grated orange zest (approximately 6 oranges)
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 Teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice, divided
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk, room temperature
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla

Orange Glaze

  • 1 cup confectioners sugar, sifted
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour two 8 or 9 inch loaf pans. Line the bottoms with parchment paper.
    Place the butter and 2 cups of sugar in a large bowl. Beat the mixture about 5 minutes or until light and fluffy.
     Beat the eggs into the butter mixture one at a time, then add the orange zest to the bowl and mix until incorporated.
    Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together in a large bowl.
    In a medium bowl combine 1/4 cup orange juice, the buttermilk and vanilla. 
    Add the flour and buttermilk mixtures alternately to the batter, beginning and ending with the flour mixture.
    Divide the batter evenly between the 2 prepared loaf pans. Smooth the tops and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
    Orange Syrup:
    While the cake bakes, place  1/2 cup white sugar with the remaining 1/2 cup orange juice in a small saucepan. Cook over low heat until the sugar dissolves.
    When the cakes are done, let them cool 10 minutes on a wire rack. Remove the cakes from the pans onto a wire rack. Spoon the orange syrup over both loaves evenly. Allow the cakes to cool completely.
    Orange Glaze: Glazes one loaf
    Combine the confectioners sugar and orange juice in a medium bowl, whisk until smooth. If necessary add a few drops  of juice to make it a pouring consistency. Pour the glaze over one loaf and allow it to dry.