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Orange Lemon Cake Recipe

When you are looking for a special cake recipe, you have to try this Orange Lemon Cake Recipe. This citrus flavored cake is not only delicious is it incredibly to make. One bite and you will have a new favorite cake.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time21 mins
Decorating Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lemon orange cake
Servings: 9
Author: Jill


  • 1 large piping bag, fitted with a star tip
  • 3 9inch round cake pans


  • 6 C flour
  • 2 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 C unsalted butter softened to room temperature
  • 1 3/4 C sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 C buttermilk
  • 1 Tbsp lemon zest
  • 1/3 C fresh lemon juice

Lemon Frosting ingredients:

  • 3 C unsalted butter softened
  • 6 C powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp orange zest
  • 3 tsp fresh orange juice
  • 3-6 tbsp heavy whipping cream
  • Lemons and oranges thinly sliced


  • Preheat oven to 350 and spray the cake pans with pam baking spray
  • In a large bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together. Set aside.
  • Using a standing mixer, beat the butter and sugar together creamy.
  • Beat in the eggs and vanilla extract until combined.
  • With the mixer on low speed, add the dry ingredients just until combined.
  • With the mixer still running on low, add the buttermilk, lemon zest, and lemon juice and mix just until combined.
  • Pour batter evenly into cake pans.
  • Bake for around 21-26 minutes or until the cakes are baked through.

Lemon Frosting Directions

  • Using a standing mixer, cream together all ingredients until stiff and smooth peaks form
  • Using a cake slicer, slice a thin layer off the tops of the cakes to create a flat surface.
  • Place 1 cake layer on your serving plate.
  • Evenly cover the top with about 1 cup of frosting.
  • Top with 2nd cake layer and evenly cover the top with about 1 cup of frosting.
  • Top with the third cake layer.
  • Spread the remaining frosting all over the top and sides.
  • Using a frosting leveler, smooth frosting evenly and remove to create a naked look
  • Pipe larger dollops of frosting onto the top of the cake
  • Place the sliced orange along the bottom of the cake
  • Place the sliced lemons in between the larger dollops
  • Cut and enjoy!