New Brunswick Cookery

Exploring the food traditions of New Brunswick, Canada

My Great Grandmother’s Orange Cake

Here’s one of my favourite cake recipes.  It’s easy and delicious.  This recipe come from my great grandmother, whose family lived in the St. Martins and Saint John area.  They were a very Irish family, but I wouldn’t say this cake is Irish in origin.

What I like most about this cake is the fact that you use a whole orange.  You just throw it in the blender with some rasins…no peeling or mess.  I would recommend using an organic orange since the peel and all goes into the cake and you don’t want any more chemicals in your food.


1 orange (seedless, or remove the seeds)

1 cup raisins

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 cup boiling water

1/2 cup butter

3/4 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


First, chop your orange into quarters, or whatever makes it fit into your food processor and then put it in a food processor or blender with the raisins.  Process them until finely minced.  Dissolve the baking soda in the boiling water and add this to the fruit.  Mix well and let cool.

Cream the butter with the sugar, then add the eggs.  Mix the dry ingredients together and then add them to the butter alternately with the cooled fruit mixture.

ImagePour into two greased layer tins and bake at 350 F for about 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. You could bake it in a single tin as well, just adjust the bake time accordingly.

ImageRemove the cakes from the oven and let cool a bit in the tins before removing them to a rack or towel to cool completely.

You can frost the cake with whatever frosting you like, but I always use an orange butter icing.  Cream cheese icing or even a chocolate ganache would also be good.


3 tablespoons butter

Pinch of salt

Zest of one orange

2 cups sifted icing sugar

2 – 2 1/2 tables orange juice


Cream the butter and then add the salt, orange zest and icing sugar.  Add enough orange juice to make a spreadable icing and then frost the cooled cake.  Enjoy!Image


One comment on “My Great Grandmother’s Orange Cake

  1. Harbin77
    February 16, 2013

    Thanks can’t wate to try it

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