This orange marmalade cake is flavorful, moist, and it was a hit at our house! Cake mix hacks are always fun to tweak and this one doesn’t disappoint.
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I searched Pinterest for orange cakes and I found an orange creamsicle layer cake from Fresh April Flours. While her recipe isn’t a cake mix hack, it gave me the idea of using orange marmalade for the cake.
Orange Marmalade Cake
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I have no shame is saying that I often start my cakes with a cake mix. It saves time, effort, and there is less clean up, too. I’ve found that adding in various ingredients to a cake mix can result in lots of delicious flavor combinations. If you’ve seen any of the recipes that we share, you know that we’re all about making things that are quick and easy!
The key ingredient to this orange cake is the marmalade. I had never thought about using marmalade in a cake before, but it’s a great add-in. Orange zest and fresh squeezed juice are also flavor enhancers.
While the cake is baking, make the orange cream cheese filling and frosting. It has more orange marmalade and orange zest in it. One of the ways I altered the inspiration recipe was by using orange extract instead of vanilla as that recipe called for in both the cake and the frosting. I separated out some of the frosting to use for the filling that doesn’t have the orange coloring.
Once the cake layers are done and cool, generously add the orange cream cheese filling to the bottom layer. Top with the second layer.
I wanted my orange cake to have orange frosting. I attempted to combine food coloring gels to get the shade of orange I wanted. That failed. I have shared a recipe for Orange Cream Pie that uses a packet of Kool-Aid for the orange flavor. I decided to give that a try for this frosting. I didn’t want the Kool-Aid flavor to overwhelm the frosting, so I only added about 1/4 of the pack of unsweetened orange Kool-Aid to the frosting. I got the exact shade of orange that I wanted and since I used so little of the packet, the taste isn’t noticeable.
I worried that the orange marmalade might make this a dense, heavy cake, but it didn’t. It was light and moist.
Orange Marmalade Cake
A delicious combination of vanilla cake with orange marmalade. The cream cheese frosting with marmalade is the perfect topping for the cake.
- 1 Vanilla Cake Mix
- 1/2 Cup Orange Marmalade
- 4 Eggs
- 1 Cup Unsalted Butter
- 3 tsp Orange Extract
- Zest and Juice from 1/2 of a Navel Orange
- 3/4 Cup Milk
Filling & Frosting
- 1/2 Cup Unsalted Butter (Softened)
- 8 oz Block Cream Cheese (Softened)
- 4 to 5 Cups Powdered Sugar
- 1 Tbs Orange Extract
- Zest from 1/2 of Navel Orange
- 2 tsp Juice from Navel Orange
- 1/4 Cup Orange Marmalade
- 1/4 Packet of Unsweetened Orange Kool Aid
Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees.
Prepare 2 9" cake pans with spray release.
Zest a large navel orange. Slice in half and squeeze juice into a small cup. Reserve 2 tsp for frosting.
In a stand mixer, cream softened butter.
Add orange marmalade to butter. Mix on medium until combined.
Add eggs, one at a time, beating between each addition.
Add one half of the orange zest, extract, and juice. Mix on medium until combined.
Add 1/2 of the cake mix to bowl.
Add 1/2 of the milk to bowl.
Mix on medium until combined and add in the remaining cake mix and milk.
Continue mixing on medium for two minutes.
Pour into prepared cake pans and bake. Check cake for doneness after 25 minutes, add more time if needed.
Filling and Frosting
Cream softened butter and cream cheese in large mixing bowl.
Add sugar, 1/2 cup at a time to mixture. Beat on medium to blend.
Add orange extract, zest, and 2 tsp orange juice and continue to beat on medium for 1 minute.
Add orange marmalade and stir by hand to incorporate it into the frosting.
Separate enough of the frosting for the filling between the cake layers.
Add 1/4 packet of orange Kool Aid to remaining frosting and stir by hand to incorporate it into the frosting.
Allow layers to cool completely before adding the filling to the bottom layer. Add top layer and generously frost the top and sides of cake. Store in an air tight container or refrigerate.
This is going into my favorite cakes list in my recipe files. It’s fun to try something new and have it turn out even better than I hoped it would! I added a couple of twisted orange slices to the top for a little embellishment.
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Orange Marmalade Cake
with Marmalade & Cream Cheese Filling and Frosting
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