Total Time
1hr 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr

This is sort of a cross between a coffee cake and cornbread with a light orange flavor. Unexpectedly good. Light, moist, and not too sweet. And very easy to make.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F Brush bottom and sides of an 8-inch round cake pan with oil; line bottom with a round of wax or parchment paper, and brush paper with oil.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together oil, eggs, 1 cup sugar, and orange juice until smooth. Add flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt, and orange zest; whisk gently to combine.
  3. Pour batter into prepared pan; sprinkle top evenly with remaining 1/3 cup sugar (topping will be thick). Bake until cake begins to pull away from sides of pan and a tester inserted in center comes out clean, 35-40 minutes.
  4. Cool in pan 20 minutes. Run a knife around edge of cake; invert cake gently onto a plate, and remove parchment paper. Re-invert cake onto a rack to cool completely. Serve with orange segments, if desired.
Most Helpful

I had high hopes for this cake but was disappointed. The batter was a bit salty( I used kosher salt), there was way too much sugar on top and the baking temperature caused the bottom to brown too much. If I make this again I would reduce the salt to 1/2 a tsp, add less sugar to the top(2-3 TB ) and reduce the baking temperature to 350. Sorry.

mamadelogan September 24, 2009

This was just delicious. The orange flavour is amazing and the texture of the cake is great. There is nothing I can fault. Everyone just devoured it and I will make it again next week when our friends will be visiting.

emmie244 January 12, 2008

This cake turned out beautifully! I expected it to be gritty like cornmeal cakes usually are, but there was no hint of it. It was light and fluffy and very moist! Delicious! The only I would do different next time would be to put less sugar on top - maybe 1/4 cup instead of 1/3. There was a bit too much left sitting on top and was unnecessary for flavour. It does give a nice crunch though, so I wouldn't leave it out entirely.

Kat M June 15, 2007