Orange Drizzle Cake – Easy Orange Upside Down Cake

My Orange Drizzle Cake recipe is full of the fresh and fruity orange flavours combined with light and fluffy sponge cake. This fresh orange cake is full of flavour and absolutely delicious. I love this orange juice cake for a light easy to eat cake all year round. It’s a lovely cake for a weekend bake and is great as an afternoon tea cake too. This easy orange upside down cake with fresh orange will be an afternoon tea classic and a family favourite recipe.

I’m a massive fan of lemon drizzle cakes so I was intrigued to see if I could make it with oranges. I made it as an upside down cake so the beautiful orange slices would stay in place once cooked. It also makes it easier to serve when still warm. As you don’t need to wait until it’s cool to decorate.

How do I make an orange upside down cake?

I love this orange upside down cake recipe. It’s so easy to do. I love it. You simply add a piece of greaseproof paper to the bottom of a cake tin. This will help the oranges stay connected to the cake and not get stuck to the base of the tin.

From there thinly slice an orange and place the slices on the base without over lapping. If they are over lapped there is a risk of them not all sticking to the cake. This wouldn’t be terrible but it wouldn’t look as nice as the cake below. When you add the cake mix over the top of the orange slices be gentle so they don’t move too much.

Bake as normal. Then when baked and you turn the cake over and remove the greaseproof paper off the golden orange cake will be revealed. It’s gorgeous. then while it’s still warm you add the juicy sugar and orange juice drizzle. I adore this orange upside down cake.

This orange upside down cake is the best cake you will make with oranges

Glistening drizzle over the freshly baked Orange Upside Down Cake orange sponge.

The orange slices glisten on the cake after the drizzle is poured over.

I love how it looked so golden and brown and I was amazed how great it smelled. My house smelled so fresh and fruity. I think we were all waiting for it to cook so we could get a slice.

It’s a super simple cake and brilliant to make with children (but leave the hot syrup to the adults).

Making the drizzle is easy too and it’s just orange juice, icing sugar and water. Add them in a saucepan and pop on a medium heat and keep stirring as it starts to thicken up.

Orange upside down cake fresh out of the oven best served warm. Orange Drizzle Cake made with fresh orange juice on a while plate

Orange cake recipe with orange juice

Making a delicious cake with orange is easy and gives greats results. I used the juice of one orange for this cake and it gave a beautiful cake. I used fresh oranges but if you don’t have fresh oranges to use, orange juice in a carton will still work really well.

Fresh orange cake

For this cake I use fresh oranges and freshly squeezed orange juice. You can use ready to go orange juice if you want but nothing can beat the flavour of freshly squeezed. I really think using freshly squeezed orange juice with bits/ pulp adds something so much more tastier to this orange cake.

Fresh orange cake is easy to make, quick bake and ready to serve once it’s cooled down a little. Your house will also smell amazing it’s cooking. Plus if you squeeze a little fresh orange juice you can enjoy a lovely cup of orange juice to go with it.

Orange drizzle cake self raising flour

This easy recipe for orange drizzle cake uses self raising flour. The self raising flour gives a good even rise and makes it easy to mix up. I’ve found it works really well in creating the recipe and the finished results.

bright and sticky upside down cake perfect for a spring party. A delicious Orange Drizzle Cake.

Chocolate orange drizzle cake

Want to make this super special? Add chocolate chips to the mix that you pour over the oranges to create a chocolate orange drizzle cake. It tastes incredible and makes a very fruity cake a little more naughty. The Terry’s chocolate orange iconic flavour can be made even better by carefully chopping up pieces of chocolate orange to add in. Break up a chocolate orange and chop up into chocolate chips and stir in after the flour.

Lemon and orange drizzle cake

If you want to make this even more delicious try adding a mix of lemon and orange. Lemon and orange drizzle cake adds even more a citrus and xesty flavour. Divide the amounts in the recipe equally between the orange and lemons. I would suggest to make it slightly more orangey than lemony as sometimes the lemon can take over flavour wise but half and half seems a good starting place.

Glistening Orange Drizzle Cake next to white flowers

Orange Upside Down Cake Recipe

Orange upside down cake is so easy to make. Take thin slices of orange and place at the bottom of a prepared cake tin (make sure there is greaseproof paper on the bottom). Then add the cake mix over the top. Give the tin a tap on the work top to remove air bubbles and bake. Leave the cake in the tin until cool. Turn out and add the drizzle over the top. It will be ready to eat!

Can I eat the orange peel?

Yes you can. They aren’t as sweet as the orange but as they are thin pieces they are fine to eat.

I really loves how it looks when it has just been turned out of the tin. Any cake that doesn’t need a lot of extra decorating is a good one in my book.

Enjoy a slice of cake with a cup of tea or I can confirm that a glass of prosecco also works really well with this cake.

A golden orange sponge slice ready to enjoy with silver pudding fork decorated with slices of orange.

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Orange Drizzle Cake

Sisley White
My Orange Drizzle Cake recipe is full of the fresh and fruity orange flavours combined with light and fluffy sponge cake. This easy orange upside down cake with friesh orange will be an afternoon tea classic and a family favourite recipe.
5 from 13 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Bakes, Cakes, Dessert
Cuisine British, English
Servings 12 slices
Calories 200 kcal


  • 200 g self-raising flour
  • 200 g caster sugar
  • 200 g unsalted butter
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 3 oranges
  • 4 tbsp icing sugar / confectioners sugar
  • water


  • Preheat the oven to 180ºC (160ºC fan). 
  • Grease and line an 8 inch cake tin with greaseproof paper.
  • Thinly slice the oranges and lay them in the bottle of the cake tin so they don’t overlap. 
  • Cream the sugar and butter together in a bowl with a wooden spoon.
  • Mix in each egg one at a time. 
  • Sift in the flour and mix until smooth.
  • Add the zest and juice of 1 orange to the mixture and mix well.
  • Spoon the batter into the cake tin being careful not to move the oranges.
  • Bake for 30-45 minutes. The cake should be golden on the outside and the skewer should come out clean. Remove from the oven and allow to cool while you make the drizzle. It might take up to an hour depending on your oven just keep an eye on it.
  • In a small pan, mix the juice of 1 orange with the icing sugar and 2 tablespoons of water.
  • Warm on a medium heat and keep stirring as the liquid turns into a syrup.
  • Using a knife loosen the cake from the edges of the tin. Place a plate on the cake tin and turn it over to release the cake and show the orange slices on top.  Poke holes all over the sponge with a skewer just over half way down. 
  • Take the syrup off the heat (careful, it’s hot!) and pour all over the cooling sponge.
  • Leave for a few minutes for the drizzle to sink in. Best served when it is still warm.


•Keep stored in an air tight container and it will last for about 3 days.
•Store in cool place but not in the fridge.


Calories: 200kcal

Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only.

Keyword Blueberry and Orange Waffles, cake, orange cake, Orange cake recipes, orange juice cake, orange upside down cake
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16 thoughts on “Orange Drizzle Cake – Easy Orange Upside Down Cake”

  1. 5 stars
    What a beauty and I bet it tastes fabulous. It looks far too good to cut into though. Silly question perhaps, but do you eat the oranges too – rind and all?

    Thanks for linking to my orange and beetroot juice.

    • We did indeed, except one who didn’t like the flavour of the rind. It has shrunk so much when cooked that it was thin and really moist so easy to eat and tasted great to me. Personal preference of course.

  2. 5 stars
    I love lemon drizzle cake too and I keep thinking I need to make an orange drizzle cake for a change. This sounds so good and I can just imagine how good your kitchen smelled as it was baking!

  3. 5 stars
    You are an incredibly talented cook and photographer Sew, your talent for capturing the glazed, tantalisingly soft cake is only possible through the making of such a wonderful cake. Definitely a recipe to try

  4. 5 stars
    This was very straight-forward to bake, tasted delicious and looked fabulous. We will definitely be baking it again.


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