Orange Drizzle Loaf

With Valentines day a mere 24 hours away, I’m feeling the love in the air and the romance in the water. This year I decided to join in on Food Blogger Love and share a little bit of loveliness for my fellow online foodies.  My chosen Valentine is Kelly Lynn from Kelly Lynn’s Sweets & Treats. Happy chocolates and flowers day Kelly!  Kelly’s blog is jammed full of tasty treats and I just loved drooling over her recipes.  For the purpose of Food Blogger Love I thought I’d whip up my take on her delicious looking Orange Loaf Cake.  My orange drizzle loaf is a bit different from Kelly’s version, hers is a traditional pound cake smothered in yummy frosting where mine is a fluffy loaf soaked in an orange syrup. I think between us we’ve got everyones preferences covered.

Super zesty orange drizzle loaf, perfect with a cup of tea and a good book.

I have to admit, I’m super jealous of Kelly’s orange tree, imagine having a bounty of fresh fruit right in your own back yard! I’ll have to make do with my local green grocer, oh well.

Super zesty orange drizzle loaf, perfect with a cup of tea and a good book.

Drizzle cake is my absolute favourite cake in the world. Normally you attribute this style of loaf with lemon but it lends itself perfectly to any citrus fruit. I’ve had excellent results from lime and even grapefruit.  There’s nothing like breaking through that sugary crust and letting the zingy citrus sponge melt on your tongue.

Super zesty orange drizzle loaf, perfect with a cup of tea and a good book.

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orange drizzle cake

Orange Drizzle Loaf

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  • Author: Katie Deacon
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x


Drizzle cake is my absolute favourite cake in the world. Normally you attribute this style of loaf with lemon but it lends itself perfectly to any citrus fruit.



For the cake:

  • 250g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 250g caster sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 250g self raising flour
  • 2tbsp orange zest from 2 oranges

For the drizzle:

  • juice from 1 orange
  • 150g caster sugar


  1. Preheat your oven to 170C and grease and line a 2lb loaf tin.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer mix all of the cake ingredients together untill fully combined.
  3. Pour batter into the prepared loaf tin and bake for 45-55 minutes until risen and springy to the touch. Allow to cool while you make the drizzle.
  4. Stir together the sugar and orange juice, once combined pour over the loaf and leave to cool in the tin for 2 hours or overnight.
  5. Once cool, use a sharp knife to release the edged of the cake from the tin and remove. Slice and enjoy.


You can use any citrus fruit in place of the orange. Lime, lemon or a mix of all three work perfectly.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 55 minutes
  • Category: Cakes
  • Cuisine: Baking

Super zesty orange drizzle loaf, perfect with a cup of tea and a good book.


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  1. Cat Hooper
    February 13, 2017 / 8:24 am

    This looks lush and a million miles from the fairy cakes I made with the girls yesterday (they tasted nice but looked awful lol!)

  2. Luisa O'Donnell
    February 13, 2017 / 8:35 am

    I've never tried making an orange drizzle cake but can't wait to try your recipe, thanks for sharing x

  3. Rhiannon Howard
    February 13, 2017 / 8:43 am

    This looks soo good!

  4. Samantha Rickelton
    February 13, 2017 / 10:55 am

    Lemon drizzle is my absolute favourite cake too (and I make a mean one if I say so myself). I haven't tried it with orange so thanks for the idea 😀

  5. June
    February 13, 2017 / 11:58 am

    I enjoy making laemon drizzle cake so think I'll give this a go, it sounds really moist and tasty 🙂

  6. Sima Sthanakiya
    February 13, 2017 / 1:25 pm

    I love a lemon drizzle cake and an orange drizzle sounds equally yummy! Looks great!

  7. Melody Shingler
    February 13, 2017 / 1:39 pm

    argh! I sure could use a thick slice of that with my coffee right about now! I love it's fresh orange color.

  8. Rachael Cargin
    February 13, 2017 / 2:56 pm

    That looks amazing :)Rachael

  9. Prerna Garg
    February 13, 2017 / 6:11 pm

    Oh my God, I am drooling over your cake. It looks so delicious! Thanks for sharing the

  10. Analesha L
    February 13, 2017 / 10:50 pm

    Holey heck this looks delicious. I'll have to try it!

  11. Wendy Klik
    February 14, 2017 / 1:23 am

    I much prefer orange over lemon…this cake sounds amazing.

  12. Karen Kerr
    February 14, 2017 / 8:48 pm

    That is such a beautiful cake! Love the flavors AND the photos. Stunning.

  13. Saranda Walgaard
    February 15, 2017 / 8:07 am

    This looks so delicious, would love to make it but I have issues with my oven unfortunately!

  14. Oindrila Sengupta
    February 15, 2017 / 1:22 pm

    Such a delicious variation of cake. My mouth is literally watering right now. ?

  15. Pavani N
    February 15, 2017 / 11:41 pm

    That cake looks absolutely stunning. Yummy yumm!!

  16. The Wandering Pit
    February 17, 2017 / 11:32 am

    Looks delish! Love lemon drizzle cake/loaf so I´m sure that I´ll love this version!!

  17. osmildmay
    January 7, 2020 / 4:55 pm

    Good recipe, mostly used for my manderin and lemon drizzle cake. Combined another recipes idea of using some of the fruit juice in the mix. Thanks … in the oven as we speak : )

  18. Bakinglock
    June 9, 2020 / 5:30 pm

    This recipe is far to much ingredients for a 2lb loaf tin. I have just made this cake and although it had a lovely flavour it had a number errors. 1. Too much Ingredients for the size tin mine when I took it out if the oven had manage to make two cakes one in the 2lb loaf tin and another around the baking sheet it was sitting on. It also need over an hour to cook.

    • June 14, 2020 / 4:07 pm


      I make this cake in my bakery around once a week and I’ve never had this problem with my 2lb tins. Sorry it didn’t seem to work out for you.

      Katie xoxo

  19. Paula
    January 19, 2021 / 7:54 am

    Absolutely delicious cake which went down very well in our house. Will be making it again!

    • January 19, 2021 / 9:52 pm

      Thanks so much Paula, thrilled you enjoyed it 🙂

      Katie xoxo

  20. Angela Tomlinson
    January 13, 2023 / 11:43 am

    Hi, quick question, is the oven temperature for fan or standard? I have used it on the standard setting and the cake has taken quite a lot longer to bake. Delicious though!

    • January 17, 2023 / 4:31 pm

      Hi Angela, All my recipes are set to fan assisted. This cake can be a pain to bake though, depending on the ovens it can take up to 15 minutes longer. I’m really glad you enjoyed it when it finally came out.

      Katie xoxo

  21. Tina Blackler
    February 25, 2024 / 4:11 pm

    Orange drizzle cake, this was far too much ingredients for a 2llb tin, when i cooked it, it over flowed and made a right mess in my oven. Was not happy! Ended up having to chuck the cake…

    • Katie
      February 29, 2024 / 6:57 pm

      Hi Tina,

      I’m sorry this didn’t work for you but this recipe is one I use in my bakery and make it weekly. It comes out a treat every time and it a big hit with my customers.

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