Mother’s Orange Cake is the Best Simple and Delicious

Mother’s Orange Cake is a simple and easy cake you can make in less than an hour including baking time. With only a few ingredients, you’ll have a fluffy moist and delicious cake. Since oranges are in season I wanted to share my mother’s orange cake recipe. When oranges are not in season check out my Simple Plum Cake Recipe

mother’s orange cake on serving dish

Oranges are winter fruits with a need for warmer climates to grow. My hometown of Ramallah is a mountain city. Considered a summer resort with a cooler breeze on hot summer days. Jericho on the other hand is considered a winter resort with a warmer climate due to its geographical location below sea level.

oranges in service bucket sliced oranges on plate

My family as well as other families from East Jerusalem, Ramallah, and Bethlehem loved to visit Jericho on weekends in winter . What I loved the most in Jericho was walking into any of the orange groves and hand picking orange peel it and enjoy eating my orange right under the tree.

sliced oranges   & blood oranges

Jericho orange’s are one of the most delicious to be found. Ovular rather than spherical, they have a very thin inner skin and a taste that is neither too tart nor too sweet. Riha and Jericho in Arabic means ‘fragrance’, some people believe the orange blossom scent in springtime is the scent of heaven. Check out this article on the health benefits of seasonal citrus: WHAT’S IN SEASON: CITRUS FRUITS.

ingredients for orange cake
orange cake three slices on serving dish

California has a very similar climate to Jericho, everywhere I walk I can see wide verity of beautiful citrus trees. Blood oranges can make a great addition of color pictured above. This type of orange was not available in Palestine when I was growing up.

I love eating fruits when they are in season, that’s how I grew up enjoying oranges. I would never eat oranges when they are out of season. Even when they are available in the grocery store out of season. It is simply not just that my brain is programmed against it, the taste is simply not the same. The taste of fresh fruits in season is just heavenly delicious.

orange cake three slices one on slice on plate
How to make orange cake:
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Orange Cake

Mother’s Orange Cake

  • Author: Wafa Shami
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 60 minutes
  • Yield: 8 Servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


Mother’s Orange Cake is a simple and easy cake you can make in less than an hour including baking time. With only a few ingredients, you’ll have a fluffy moist and delicious cake.


Units Scale
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoons baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of sugar (use 3/4 of a cup if oranges are sweet)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil or butter (melted)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 23 oranges, juice, zest, and peel
  • zest of one lemon (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mix wet ingredients well (eggs, vanilla, butter, sugar)
  3. Gradually add flour, salt, and baking soda.
  4. Continue mixing while adding orange juice, orange peel, and zest.
  5. Pour mixture in  9″ size greased pan.
  6. Bake for about 25-30 minutes.

Keywords: Mother’s Orange Cake

5 Comment
Jae W Buck February 19, 2022
Melanie February 17, 2021

Delicious! Such a flavorful and delightful dessert!

erotik February 16, 2021

Stunning! So happy you had this experience. Yes, endless possibilities for you! Allx Lauritz Aires

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