Orange Slice Cake

| November 19, 2017 | 14 Comments

Orange Slice Cake, as seen on Taste of
Follow our complete, step-by-step, photo illustrated instructions to make this very moist, very delicious, Orange Slice Cake. We actually use those Orange Slice candies to make this cake. Similar to a fruit cake, but wait until you taste it. Printable recipe included.


Orange Slice Cake, slider.
Orange Slice Cake Recipe

When you first hear about a cake that uses those orange gummy type candies, you might have second thoughts about how it will taste. Do not be afraid. Venture forward. You will not be disappointed.

After trying it, you might think it is akin to a fruit cake, and you’d probably be right. That was my first thoughts as well. And, like you I had wondered about those gummy orange candies. How would they turn out after being baked in a cake. Let’s just say they turn out delicious.

This is a recipe that my Mama submitted as one of her favorites in our “Stewart Family Favorites” cookbook which our annual family reunion put together a few years back. It was a book of favorite recipes from members of my mothers side of the family and I’ve placed many of them here on Taste of Southern.

While I baked this in a bundt style pan, I think it would be great to bake this as several smaller cakes and give them as gifts for the holidays. It’s fairly simple to make, doesn’t have a lot of expensive items in it, and who doesn’t love a homemade gift of food at Christmas time, or at any time of the year?

You will make the cake, then you make a simple mixture of orange juice and confectioners sugar that you pour over the cake, just out of the oven and still in the pan. The juice and sugar combination soaks into the baked cake and sits overnight before being cut and served. It really makes for a very moist cake.

Those “gummy” pieces of orange candy turn out really great, soft and easy to chew, so nothing to worry about there. I really think you’ll like it if you decide to try it. It does appear to be a fruit cake, but it’s certainly not one of those dry old cakes filled with candied fruit pieces that you might be thinking about.

It’s not overly sweet either, despite the orange juice and confectioners sugar that is added after it’s baked. I hope you’ll like it and that you’ll share your results and comments with us in the section at the end of the printable recipe.

Ready to give it a try? Alright then, grab those Orange Slices and head to the kitchen. Let’s Get Cooking!


Orange Slice Cake, you'll need these ingredients.
Orange Slice Cake:  You’ll need these ingredients.


Orange Slice Cake, slice the orange candies.
Begin by slicing the orange candies.

These are a bit gummy, therefore a bit sticky when trying to cut them.

I actually did them one at a time, cutting each one into 6 or 7 pieces. It didn’t take but just a few minutes, and I didn’t have to fight a bunch of little pieces trying to cling to my knife.


Orange Slice Cake, slice the dates.
Slice the dates into small pieces.

I couldn’t find the already chopped Dates, so I bought what was available and cut them up myself.

They are also a bit on the sticky side, so I cut them up one at a time as well.


Orange Slice Cake, chop the pecans.
I placed my pecans in a small bowl and used this hand held food chopper to chop them up.

You can always buy the pecan pieces and skip this step. I almost always buy the whole ones and yes, I paid a little extra for them just to have to turn around and chop them up. I might be guilty of eating the whole pieces straight out of the bag though. Smile.


Orange Slice Cake, place all the pieces in a medium bowl.
Place all the chopped and sliced up pieces in a medium sized mixing bowl.


Orange Slice Cake, add the flour.
Sprinkle the pieces with the 1/2 cup of reserved flour.


Orange Slice Cake, toss until coated.
Jump in with both hands and toss and turn the pieces in the flour until they are all well coated. Break apart any of the orange slices or date slices that try to stick together. We don’t want big lumps in our cake.


Orange Slice Cake, add the coconut.
Add the coconut, and toss it again until everything is coated.

I’m using frozen coconut that I had let thaw out in the refrigerator. I then just opened the bag and dumped the coconut in on top of the other pieces. Should I do this again, I think I would spread the coconut out on a plate for an hour or so beforehand so it could dry out a bit. It had some moisture which kind of dissolved the flour, but everything turned out okay in the end.

Supposedly, the flour is used to keep the sticky pieces separated, and it’s suppose to keep the fruit and candy pieces from just sinking to the bottom of the pan when it’s all mixed into the batter later.

Just set this aside for now.


Orange Slice Cake, sift the flour.
Sift the remaining cups of flour.

If you don’t have a sifter, use a whisk to fluff up the flour once you have it in a bowl. Sift a little more than you think you’ll need for three cups, because we will be measuring the flour AFTER it’s sifted.


Orange Slice Cake, add the butter.
Place the butter in a large mixing bowl. That’s right… a large one, you’re going to need it.


Orange Slice Cake, add the sugar.
Add the sugar.


Orange Slice Cake, not smooth.
Cream the butter and sugar together until smooth. This is NOT smooth.

This will be what it looks like a couple of minutes after you start mixing with a mixer. I used my hand mixer, on a lower speed and kept it running for a couple of minutes. I use to think this was all it took to cream some sugar and butter together until smooth.


Orange Slice Cake, this is more like smooth.
This is more like what you want. This IS smooth.

I set the kitchen timer for EIGHT minutes, turned the mixer on, then just hung on for the full eight minutes. It may be hard to tell from the photo, but this is more of the texture you’re looking for when creaming the sugar and butter together. Just hang in there, you can do it.

Don’t forget to scrape down the sides of the bowl every once in awhile.


Orange Slice Cake, crack the eggs.
Crack the eggs in a separate bowl.

I always suggest you crack eggs in a different bowl. That way, if you happen to get a piece of shell in the bowl, you can easily see it and remove it. It happens to all of us sometime or another.


Orange Slice Cake, add the eggs one at a time.
Add the eggs, one at a time, into the creamed butter and sugar.


Orange Slice Cake, mix until combined.
Mix them in until they are just combined into the batter. Repeat adding the eggs, one at a time, until you have them all mixed into the batter.


Orange Slice Cake, add baking soda.
Measure out you buttermilk, then measure out one level teaspoon of Baking Soda.

Add the baking soda to the buttermilk.


Orange Slice Cake, stir it well.
Stir the baking soda into the buttermilk. You can’t see it here, but the liquid in this cup almost doubled in volume once the baking soda was added and stirred in.


Orange Slice Cake, add some flour.
Add one level cup of the sifted flour into the bowl. Mix this just until it’s combined. Do not over mix the batter at this point.


Orange Slice Cake, add half the milk.
Add half of the buttermilk mixture. Mix this in just until combined.

You’ll repeat this process until all the flour and the milk have been mixed into the batter. You always start with flour, then end with flour. Like this…

One cup flour
Half cup buttermilk
One cup flour
Half cup buttermilk
One cup flour

Just that simple.


Orange Slice Cake, prepare your pan.
Prepare your baking pan.

I’m using a Bundt pan, but any type of tube pan will work. I’m also using a oil spray that contains flour so that’s all I have to do here. I just want to make sure that I fill all the little nooks and crannies inside the pan to be sure they are coated with the oil and flour spray.

You could just use some cooking oil to grease your pan, then add a bit of flour to the pan and shake it all around the inside until you have it greased and floured.


Orange Slice Cake, fold the dry ingredients into the batter.
Place all the orange slice mixture into the batter. I told you that you would need a big bowl, remember?

Use a large spoon and gently fold the dry ingredients into the batter. Do this just until it’s all combined together.


Orange Slice Cake, mix until combined.
You should have a batter that looks like this.


Orange Slice Cake, spoon the batter into your pan.
Spoon the batter into your baking pan, making sure that you have it evenly spread all around the inside of the pan.

I just placed a spoon full of batter in one spot of the pan, rotated the pan a bit, then added another big spoonful of batter. I then used the back of the spoon to gently spread it out into the pan.

Once filled, I lifted the pan up about 6 inches high and just dropped it onto my counter. Do this a couple of times as it helps release any air bubbles that might have formed in the batter.


Orange Slice Cake, baking time and temp.
Place the pan in an oven that has been preheated to 250F degrees.

Use the center rack in your oven, and let the cake bake for 2 to 2 1/2 hours or until it’s done. Mine took about 2 hours and 20 minutes, but I think I should have let it bake for the full 2 1/2 hours. I just didn’t want to burn it.

Normally, I’d tell you to test your cake with a wooden toothpick to see if it was done. You can still use a toothpick, but a wooden skewer will work even better because of the thickness of the cake.

Insert the toothpick/skewer into the center of the cake then pull it out. If it comes out clean, without a lot of wet crumbs clinging to it, then your cake should be done. If you see some crumbs clinging to the toothpick, slide the cake back in the oven for a few more minutes until it tests done.


Orange Slice Cake, make the glaze.
A few minutes before you take your cake out, place the confectioners sugar and the orange juice in a mixing bowl.


Orange Slice Cake, mix well.
Stir the two together until the sugar dissolves in the orange juice.


Orange Slice Cake, test for doneness.
When your cake is done, remove it from the oven and place it on a wire rack or folded towel to cool.

I also used the skewer to poke a few more holes around in the cake.  Here’s why.


Orange Slice Cake, pour glaze over the cake.
As soon as you take the cake out of the oven, pour the orange juice and confectioners sugar mixture all over the cake.

I hesitate to call this a glaze since it’s going to absorb down into the cake, but it sort of is a glaze.


Orange Slice Cake, let it sit out overnight.
Now, let this sit out on your countertop, just like it is, overnight. That’s right… overnight.


Orange Slice Cake, remove from pan.
Next day, remove the cake from the pan.

I must admit, I was afraid this would really stick to the pan even though I knew I had properly prepared my pan before adding the batter. The cake hadn’t pulled away from the side of the pan any at all and I didn’t want to try running a knife around the inside edge because I thought that would mess up the cake. It works with regular layer cakes, but I don’t think it would work well with this one.

I placed a dinner plate on top of the cake, then holding the plate and cake pan together, I flipped it over.

The cake didn’t move at all.

I decided to just walk away and let it sit there to see if the cake would eventually fall. It took about three minutes, but I heard it when the cake released from the pan and dropped into the plate.

I was really excited to see that it came out almost perfect.

The cake was a bit difficult to slice. It wanted to fall apart while cutting it, but it was very moist. I may have tried to cut it too soon after I turned it out of the pan. Still, it tasted great. Smile.


Orange Slice Cake, enjoy.


Orange Slice Cake recipe, made from scratch, as seen on Taste of

Orange Slice Cake

  • Author: Steve Gordon
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 10-12 slices
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


Follow our complete, step-by-step, photo illustrated instructions to make this very moist, very delicious, Orange Slice Cake. We actually use those Orange Slice candies to make this cake. Similar to a fruit cake, but wait until you taste it.


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) Butter
  • 2 cups Granulated Sugar
  • 4 Eggs
  • ½ cup Buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda, dissolved in the buttermilk
  • 3 ½ cups Plain Flour, sifted, reserving ½ cup
  • 1 box Dates
  • 1 lb. Orange Candy Slices
  • 2 cups Pecans, chopped
  • 1 cup frozen Coconut, grated, fully thawed.

Ingredients for Glaze

  • 1 cup Orange Juice
  • 2 cups Confectioners Sugar


  1. Chop the orange slices. Chop the dates. Chop the pecans.
  2. Add the orange pieces, chopped dates, and chopped pecans to a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add the ½ cup reserved flour. Toss together until pieces are coated.
  4. Add the coconut, toss again to coat. Set aside.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar, until smooth.
  6. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing after each addition just until incorporated.
  7. Mix the baking soda into the buttermilk. Stir until dissolved.
  8. Add flour, alternating with milk, adding portion of flour first, and ending with flour.
  9. Mix after each addition, just until incorporated together.
  10. Add the orange pieces mixture to the batter.
  11. Use a large spoon to fold the orange pieces mixture into the batter just until combined.
  12. Place batter into a lightly greased and floured tube pan.
  13. Place in oven preheated 250F degrees, on center rack.
  14. Bake from 2 to 2 ½ hours, or until done. Test with toothpick for doneness.
  15. Insert wooden toothpick, if it pulls out clean and without crumbs, cake is done.
  16. Remove from oven, set on wire cooling rack.
  17. Place the orange juice and confectioners’ sugar in a small mixing bowl. Stir until well mixed.
  18. Pour the orange juice and sugar mixture over the cake as soon as you remove cake from oven.
  19. Let stand in pan overnight.
  20. Enjoy!

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  1. Joe Brock says:

    I’ve never used actual orange juice for the glaze. That seems odd to me. I use freshly squeezed orange juice.

    My grandma always made orange slice cake for Christmas. She liked to make it right after Thanksgiving and freeze it. She always said the cake tasted better. She never made the glaze though.

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Joe, The orange juice and confectioners sugar are more like a simple syrup than an actual glaze since it gets absorbed into the cake overnight. It helps make the cake moist and adds more flavor. I hope you might get to try it sometime. Thank you for sharing your memories of the Orange Slice Cake with us. I appreciate your visit today and do hope you’ll stop by again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  2. Marilyn Bennett says:

    This recipe is way too sweet. As a matter of fact it is so sweet it is gooey. It would be much better if
    the orange slices, dates and coconut were cut in half.

    I spent several hours making this recipe and never found the “cake”. Sorry.

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Marilyn, I’m so very sorry to hear that you didn’t like our cake. I’m not sure why yours turned out gooey. As you can see in the photos, mine didn’t turn out that way. And, I didn’t think it was overly sweet. But, we all have different tastes. I do appreciate you taking the time to let me know about your results, and thank you for at least trying our recipe. I hope you will not let this discourage you from trying some of our other recipes. I appreciate your visit and do hope you’ll stop by again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  3. Betty says:

    Can I freeze orange slice cake and if so how?

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Betty, We don’t generally have any leftover to freeze. Smile. I’m sure you can though. I’d wrap it tightly in clear plastic wrap first, then wrap that with aluminum foil. It should last for several months in the freezer if not longer. I really like the Orange Slice Cake and hope you will too if you decide to try it. Thank you for your visit. I appreciate your support and do hope you’ll continue to visit with us often. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  4. Delila says:

    I’ve made one and just put my 2nd in the oven for church. Every one loves it. Thanks!

  5. Mary Ann says:

    Just as I remembered! I loved this cake in the past but I had forgotten about it. Just made it for a Christmas party and it turned out perfectly. I remembered all the steps, but your photos were helpful – especially beating the butter/sugar so long. I think this is a labor-intensive cake – mostly cutting all the candy slices. As I do it, I drop into a bowl offload and coat them as I go along. Same with the dates in the same bowl. It takes some time – but TOTALLY worth it.

  6. Clermont Cook says:

    Steve, I just put this cake into the oven. I haven’t baked Orange Slice Cake for years and I can hardly wait for it. I have to admit that I’ve never seen your site before and I already had a recipe for the cake. But, I decided to look online to compare my recipe to others out there. I was curious to try one using less flour and buttermilk than mine calls for. I was so pleased with your pictures and detailed instructions that I decided to try your recipe. And, yours has coconut which mine didn’t. I’m baking it for a church supper tomorrow evening so I won’t get to try it until then. I’ll get back to you on the results. I bake a lot of cakes and I just feel like this is going to be the best Orange Slice Cake I’ve ever made. Blessings!
    Clermont Cook, Clermont, GA

  7. Lorrie Buchanan says:

    Hi Steve,
    I remember quite well my Mom making Orange Slice Cakes for Christmas! She made several to give as gifts to her siblings and always made extra for our family!
    I’m so happy to find a recipe for this Family treasure!
    Thanks again!
    Lorrie Buchanan

  8. Doris says:

    Hi Steve,Thanks for the recipe.I plan on making it soon. Hope you are well.

  9. Carolyn Cochran says:

    I have never heard of an Orange Slice Cake.
    Looks good!!
    I plan on making one for Christmas.
    Just wanted to say that I enjoy reading your newsletters.
    Hope you have a Blessed Thanksgiving.

    Harrisburg, NC

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Carolyn, I do hope you’ll come back and let me know how the cake turns out for you. I think you’ll like it. I appreciate your comments and your support of Taste of Southern. Thank you for subscribing to the Newsletter. I trust you and yours will have a very Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving as well. Be sure to stop by again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

      • Sara says:

        My grandmother used to make orange slice cake for years. My Aunt used to alter the recipe slightly by using 3/4 cup of orange juice and 1/4 cup of rum with the confectioners sugar mixture. It has always been my favorite cake. One way I found to make it less sticky when cutting the orange slices is to have a coffee cup of very hot water to dip the knife in between the cutting of each orange slice. I dip the knife in hot water, dry it quickly with a paper towel and then slice away.

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