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Orange Pound Cake Mini Loaves

Buttery, moist pound cake is bursting with orange goodness in these citrus-infused mini loaves that taste like sunshine and will have you dreaming of summer!

Orange Pound Cake Mini Loaves ~ moist, buttery, and bursting with sunny citrus flavor! | FiveHeartHome.comY’all. I just got back from SNAP Conference to learn about building and improving this blog, and I’m still trying to process all of the amazing information I soaked in and all of the fabulous bloggers I met! I appreciate your patience over the past week or two as my blog schedule has been a little off and I took longer than usual to reply to comments and respond to e-mails due to my trip. But now I’m home and hugging my babies tight (yippee!), ready to get back in the swing of things and looking forward to life getting back to normal. I’m planning a little recap of SNAP soon for those of you who are interested in hearing more, but in the meantime, I have a new recipe to share. Yay!

Orange Pound Cake Mini Loaves ~ moist, buttery, and bursting with sunny citrus flavor! | FiveHeartHome.comApril is coming to a close and we’ve officially reached 90-plus degrees in Texas. That didn’t take long, did it? It’s entirely possible that we’ll hit 100° by the end of May, which makes it incredibly hard for me to fathom the fact that some parts of the country are still getting snow! (Or did I miss the memo and the snow has finally stopped?)

Orange Pound Cake Mini Loaves ~ moist, buttery, and bursting with sunny citrus flavor! | FiveHeartHome.comWell, today I have the perfect recipe for those of you already suffering through enjoying summer temps…as well as for those of you wistfully longing for warmer weather. These mini pound cake loaves are bursting with sunshine-y flavor, thanks to fresh squeezed orange juice, gorgeous flecks of orange zest, a soaking of orange-infused simple syrup, and a sweet and orangey glaze.

Orange Pound Cake Mini Loaves ~ moist, buttery, and bursting with sunny citrus flavor! | FiveHeartHome.comDon’t they just look happy? Take it from me…they taste happy, too. They’re moist, they’re sweet, they’re full of citrus goodness. You’ll want to make this recipe all summer long, whether it feels like that season has already arrived mid-spring, or whether it feels like it will never get here (y’all hang in there…it will!).

Orange Pound Cake Mini Loaves ~ moist, buttery, and bursting with sunny citrus flavor! | FiveHeartHome.comYou could certainly make this pound cake in a Bundt pan, but I like to make mini loaves because it’s easy to freeze a couple of them if we’re not going to eat them all within a few days. It’s also fun to enjoy a loaf or two ourselves and then give the rest away. After all, these cute cakes make great gifts…who wouldn’t enjoy receiving a little loaf of sunshine?! I think they’d be perfect for end-of-school or teacher appreciation gifts coming up in May.

Orange Pound Cake Mini Loaves ~ moist, buttery, and bursting with sunny citrus flavor! | FiveHeartHome.comAnd finally? Mini loaves bake faster…and after enjoying the scent of buttery citrus emanating from the oven, you’ll be ready to slice into this yummy cake as soon as the timer goes off! Whatever pan size you choose to use, just be sure to grease and flour your pan(s) well. I even line my loaf pans with a strip of parchment paper to ensure that there’s no sticking.

Orange Pound Cake Mini Loaves ~ moist, buttery, and bursting with sunny citrus flavor! | FiveHeartHome.comSo the next time you’re in a baking sort of mood, I hope you’ll keep this recipe in mind. Enjoying a slice of this sunny, citrus-infused pound cake, with its flecks of orange zest and sweet and puckery glaze, is the perfect way to celebrate (or hurry along!) warmer weather!

Orange Pound Cake Mini Loaves ~ moist, buttery, and bursting with sunny citrus flavor! | FiveHeartHome.com

Orange Pound Cake Mini Loaves

Yield: 4 mini loaves, 2 regular loaves, or 1 Bundt cake

Buttery, moist pound cake is bursting with orange goodness in these citrus-infused mini loaves that taste like sunshine and will have you dreaming of summer!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup orange zest
  • For Simple Syrup:
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • For Glaze (optional):
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Generously grease and flour four 5 3/4" x 3 1/4" x 2" mini loaf pans and lay a strip of parchment paper along the bottom and up the two long sides of each pan, pressing the paper into the corners of the pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. Measure buttermilk, orange juice, and vanilla into a measuring cup. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the butter until creamy. Blend in sugar and beat for a few minutes until light and fluffy. Mix in eggs, one at a time, and orange zest, and beat until well incorporated.
  4. With mixer on low, slowly pour in 1/3 of the flour mixture. Mix in half of the buttermilk mixture. Blend in another 1/3 of the flour mixture and remaining buttermilk mixture. Add remaining flour mixture and mix until just blended.
  5. Divide batter between prepared pans and bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  6. While loaves bake, prepare orange simple syrup. Stir together 1/2 cup orange juice and 1/2 cup sugar in a small pot. Bring to a boil over medium heat while occasionally stirring, then reduce heat and simmer for a few minutes. Remove pot from heat and set aside to cool.
  7. When cakes are done, cool for 10 minutes before turning out onto wire rack. Set rack over a sheet pan or piece of foil, and using a brush or a spoon, soak each cake with simple syrup. Allow to cool completely.
  8. For glaze, whisk together powdered sugar and 1 1/2 tablespoons orange juice in a small bowl. Drizzle over cakes and allow to set and harden before wrapping loaves or storing them in an airtight container.

Tips, Tricks, & Variations

If you don't have buttermilk on hand, make your own by pouring 2 generous teaspoons of lemon juice or white vinegar into a measuring cup, and then adding milk up to the 3/4 cup line. Allow to sit at room temperature for about 10 minutes or until it begins to thicken and curdle.

Two large oranges gave me enough juice and zest for this recipe.

If making this recipe in two 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2-inch loaf pans or one Bundt pan, start checking for doneness at 45 minutes. Cake is done when a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean (after probably no longer than an hour).

http://www.fivehearthome.com/2014/04/27/orange-pound-cake-mini-loaves/

Adapted from FoodNetwork.com

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Recipe originally posted at Or So She Says on Feburary 18, 2014.

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Comments

  1. This looks delicious. Thank you for the recipe. I am going to make this gluten-free. I love citrus flavored desserts. Happy Monday!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I’m glad you’re going to try this out, Janet! I hope it adapts well to being made gluten-free. You’ll have to come back and let us know how it turns out! Happy Monday to you, too! :)

  2. Hi Samantha! Welcome back and I’m so glad you had fun at SNAP; can’t wait to hear all about it! These cakes look beautiful! Thanks so sharing and pinning – hope you have a great day and take it easy getting back in the groove!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thank you, sweet Cindy…re-entering the “real world” can be a little rough, but there’s no place like home, so I’m very happy to be back. :) Hope you have a wonderful week!

  3. Debbie Caraballo says:

    This cake sounds great; I loooove orange flavored desserts. It’s the only citrus flavor I really like. Great post, definitely going to pin! Thanks Sam, have a great week!

    Deb

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks, Deb! I’m a big fan of citrus desserts, too…lemon, lime, orange, I love them all! Thanks for the comment and the pin…hope your week is off to a great start! :)

  4. Oooohhhh…I love pound cake and orange! These are beautiful loaves! Can’t wait to hear your recap of SNAP. Have a great week at home :)

  5. Fantastic!!!!! Perfect for breakfast.

    LOVED meeting you – had the best time!! Hugs!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I’m so glad we got to meet as well, Gina…it was such fun hanging out with you! Have a great week back home! :)

  6. I can’t wait to make these with my oldest. They look absolutely divine!

  7. 90 degrees in April!? Please, send us some of that sun :) This orange pound cake is making me so happy. I bet it would taste so good toasted up and served with ice cream. Can’t wait to see how you incorporate some of the things you learned at SNAP!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Oh yes, Amy…I have a feeling we’ll hit 100° within another month! :P And I love the idea of eating this cake toasted with ice cream…why didn’t I think of that?! Guess I’ll just have to make it again soon to try it out. ;) And yes, I’m still trying to decide what SNAP knowledge to tackle and implement first. My head is swimming with ideas! Hope you have a great week!

  8. Yum! This would be great to bake in a bread machine when the weather is hot (or not)! We’re still waiting for spring to fully arrive here in Canada.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Great idea, Julia…it never occurred to me to make this recipe in a bread machine! I hope that spring arrives for you soon. And just think…when you’re finally enjoying some lovely weather in Canada, it will already be 100° here in Texas! :P

  9. Samantha, I seem to keep clicking on your links at all the link parties I post to :) I obviously am a fan of your blog! I hope my own blog is eventually big enough that I can attend a blog conference. I always see postings (on Instagram mostly) and they look SO fun! And these cakes look and sound SO good! Pinning to try!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      You are so sweet, Jill…I’m glad my links entice you to click through! ;) And I think you can attend a blog conference any time you feel ready, regardless of the size of your blog. There were all sizes of blogs and all levels of blogger experience at SNAP! Before going, everyone told me it was a great first conference to attend and they were right. :) Thanks so much for the comment and the pin…happy Friday!

  10. Oh my! They look amazing!

  11. YUUUMMM! I love orange desserts! I live at high altitude and have attempted a pound cake with disastrous results. I hope I can figure out how to do this one, looks awesome!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I’m sorry that I can’t give you high altitude baking advice, Laura…I hope you’re able to figure it out as well! If these end up working for you, I hope you enjoy them! :)

  12. This looks delicious and I can’t wait to try this recipe out. Your pictures are amazing!!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      You are so sweet, Kelsey…thank you! I hope these are a hit at your house when you try them! :)

  13. I agree that citrus smells and tastes like summer! This bright and summery pound cake would brighten the day no matter what the season! The mini size is great for keeping some and gifting the rest. :)

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Yes, yes, and yes, Wendy! These really do make me think of sunshine. :) Hope you’re having a great weekend…thanks for stopping by!

  14. Stephani says:

    I love Texas; wish i was there right now! I guess I will have to settle for these “sunshiny” mini loaves to warm up my day here in North Dakota. TGFC (Thank God For Coffee) :-)

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I hope it warms up for you in North Dakota soon, Stephani! If it makes you feel any better, your weather will probably be perfectly lovely in a month or so when we’re already boiling away at 100+ degrees! ;) Hope these loaves are a hit if you have a chance to try them…glad you stopped by! :)

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