Maria Luisa (Salvadoran Layer Cake)

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 25 mins

This cake so wonderful served as dessert or with tea. You may omit the orange zest and substitute milk for the orange juice if you like. Use any jam you wish. Raspberry is very good.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour three cake pans. Sift together flour and baking powder.
  2. In a mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar together on medium-high speed until fluffy and light, about 3-5 minutes. Add orange zest and vanilla and beat in 15 seconds more.
  3. With mixer at medium speed, add one egg at a time, letting each egg incorporate before adding the next.
  4. Turn mixer to medium-low. Add flour in three parts, alternating with the orange juice until smooth. Don't overbeat.
  5. Spoon equal parts of batter into the three cake pans. Bake for about 25 minutes. Remove cakes and cool completely.
  6. Mix the marmalade with a little water and stir till almost pourable. Spread half the marmalade over one of the layers. Add the next layer on top and spread with the other half of the marmalade. Top with the last layer.
  7. Sprinkle the cake with powdered sugar through a sieve and serve.


Most Helpful

Loved this cake! Made as a birthday cake. What a great alternative to the usual "frosted" birthday cake (the birthday boy is not too fond of frosting). The orange taste waas not overpowering. I made a nice decorative powdered sugar design on top which made this cake taste and look good. Thanks for posting!

Chef Sarita in Austin Texas June 15, 2010

If you like orange cake, you will love this one. It is not hard to make either

Chef @Oz February 15, 2009

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