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

1 5

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. ???

5 5

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!

5 5

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!