Orange-Glazed Coffee Cake

Total Time
1hr 15mins
Prep 45 mins
Cook 30 mins

A very light and refreshing coffee cake with a wonderful orange flavor!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water and let stand til foamy, about 5-10 minutes.
  2. Stir warm milk, orange juice, sugar, ricotta, orange zest, salt, and egg into the yeast mixture.
  3. Using the paddle attachment, beat 2 cups flour on low speed into the yeast mixture until a wet dough forms.
  4. Beat in the remaining dough, 1/2 cup at a time, until a stiff dough forms.
  5. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 5-10 minutes, adding more flour as needed to prevent sticking.
  6. Place dough into a large greased bowl, turn to coat.
  7. Cover loosely with a damp towel or cloth and let rise in a warm place til doubled in bulk, about 1 1/2 hours.
  8. Grease a 10" springform pan.
  9. Punch down dough and turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 1 to 2 minutes.
  10. Divide the dough into 3 equal pieces and roll each piece into 20" long ropes.
  11. Braid the ropes together.
  12. Coil braided dough into prepared pan and tuck ends under.
  13. Cover loosely with a damp towel and let rise again til almost doubled, about 30 minutes.
  14. Brush dough with the glaze.
  15. Bake in 425 oven about 25-30 minutes til the top of the cake is golden brown.
  16. Turn cake out onto a wire rack to cool slightly.
  17. Icing:.
  18. In small bowl, stir together powdered sugar and orange juice til smooth.
  19. Spread icing over warm cake.
  20. Serve warm.
Most Helpful

I seriously don't know what's wrong. I attempted this recipe yesterday and and again today. Both times, the dough raised very little the first time and not at all the second time. ???

Deena E. October 20, 2015

I brought this to work amd not a crumb was left by lunchtime. Delightful light flavor (not too sweet) that is great with coffee. Flavor is a lot like King's Hawaiian rolls before the glaze is applied. Also, it is a gorgeous cake; this cake begs you to eat it. Thank you, wildflour!

ellllie September 14, 2015

Great cake! Looks beautiful when finished baking and will surely impress anyone that you choose to serve this cake to. It had a great light fluffy texture and sliced perfectly. I wish it could have been a little sweeter, but maybe that's just me....I have a sweet tooth! I might make an orange cream cheese frosting to top this next time I make it. And, I may experiment with using lemon juice and zest instead of the orange for a different treat next time. This recipe yielded a very impressive looking cake with minimal effort. It looked as if it belonged in a bakery shop window!

Shannon Cooks June 10, 2007