Less than a week until Easter in Norway means a lot of cake eating (and recipe testing) has been going on around here! Easter is such a wonderful time for celebrating renewal and fresh starts in Norway, and enjoying all things orange flavored. I found this lovely cake recipe on the LA Times website (read it here) and thought I might recreate it, but without the candied orange and chocolate chips in it. While this cake is lovely with both kept in, I really appreciate how much my recreation resembles American-style pound cake with an orange twist. It’s light and airy, but also buttery and goes great with the strong dark coffee served in Norway.
- 160g (1⅓ cups) flour
- 1½ teaspoons baking powder180g (3/4 cup) butter, softened
- 200g (1 cup) sugar
- 3 eggs, at room temperature
- Grated zest of 1 orange
- 1 teaspoon orange extract (I like Organic Orange Extract from Flavorganics )
- 75ml (1/3 cup) orange juice
- Heat the oven to 175C/350F degrees. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour and baking powder. Set aside.
- In a separate bowl, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Using a standing or hand mixer, this should take 3 to 5 minutes. One at a a time, making sure they are each incorporated before you add the next, add the eggs to the mixture.
- Next, beat in the orange zest, orange extract and orange juice to the butter mixture. The mixture might a look a little odd once you add the orange juice, but it will all come together once you mix in the dry ingredients
- Fold the flour mixture into the butter mixture and combine until the cake batter is even and without streaks.
- Pour the batter into a greased and floured bundt pan, then bake for 45 to 55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool into the pan for 45-60 minutes on a cooling rack, then remove from the mold.
- Dust with powdered sugar and serve.
More Moist & Delicious Norwegian Orange Cake Recipes
Norwegian orange cake (LA Times)
Chocolate Orange Cake (Outside Oslo)
Norwegian Orange Cake (Sippity Sup)
Norwegian Easter Orange Cake (Some Assembly Required)
Norwegian Candied Orange Easter Cake (Rachel’s Hobbit Hole)
More Norwegian Easter Desserts
Paleo Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies (something sweet for the gluten free person in your life)
Kvik Lunsj Cupcakes (the iconic Norwegian candy bar in cupcake form)
Mini Meringues (top with vanilla sauce for a real Norwegian delight!)
Chocolate Meringues (clouds of chocolate goodness)
Trollkrem (“troll cream” – a delicious whipped Norwegian Dessert made with egg whites and jam)
Coffee Ice Cream (Norway’s favorite drink – frozen)