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eggless orange cake vegan recipe

eggless orange cake recipe with step by step photos – here’s an easy, simple and no fuss recipe to make vegan and eggless orange cake. the cake has the orangish flavor with a light orange color. a soft and light cake.

first time we had an orange cake and it reminded us of the orange cream biscuits that we get here, in india.

i have made the orange cake with fresh orange juice but you can even use readymade orange juice. the quantity is a medium sized bar of cake enough for 3-4 people.

eggless orange cake vegan

you can even frost the cake with some orange whipped cream or butter icing. i kept it plain as we like it this way. even orange muffins can be made from this cake batter.

this orange cake can be baked both in regular oven and in the microwave oven with convection mode.

i have made this cake with whole wheat flour & powdered jaggery as well as sugar. you can also use all purpose flour and fine or powdered sugar. this is not a heavy cake as i have used very less oil (¼ cup). so even after having the cake, you won’t feel heavy. a healthy recipe of an orange cake.

lets start step by step eggless orange cake recipe:

1. preheat your oven to 180 degrees C. sieve 1 cup whole wheat flour with 1 tbsp corn starch/custard powder, a pinch of salt, ½ tsp baking powder and ½ baking soda. keep this sieved mixture aside.

flour for making orange cake

2. in a bowl add the ½ cup sugar and ¼ cup oil. you can also use softened butter instead of oil.

sugar for eggless orange cake recipe

3. with an electric beater or hand beater or a wooden spoon, beat this mixture of oil/butter and sugar till well blended and creamy. i have made this cake with jaggery too. so you can add powdered or grated jaggery too instead of sugar.

sugar mixture for orange cake recipe

4. i made fresh orange juice. you can use ready juice too. for making fresh juice, use an electric juicer. you can also blend the orange segments (seeds removed) and strain the juice like i have done. i used three medium oranges to get a bit more than 1 cup juice.

add orange juice

5. here is the strained fresh orange juice.

making eggless orange cake recipe

6. add 1 cup of the orange juice to the sugar and oil mixture. if using whole wheat flour, then 1 cup of orange juice works well and if using all purpose flour, then you can add about ¾ cup of orange juice.

making eggless orange cake recipe

7. stir very well.

making eggless orange cake recipe

8. now add the sieved flour mixture and ½ tsp orange zest. you can add about 1 tsp orange zest too. to get a more dominant flavor of oranges, add orange extract or essence.

making eggless orange cake batter

9. mix everything very well. there should be no lumps in the cake batter.

making eggless orange cake recipe

10. here the orange cake batter is ready.

making eggless orange cake recipe

11. pour the batter in a lined or greased cake tin of about 7×4 inches. use a spatula to scrape the batter from sides and add it to the cake pan.

making eggless orange cake recipe

12. tap the pan from the sides so that excess air bubbles are released and the batter becomes even in the pan.

baking eggless orange cake recipe

13. bake in a preheated oven for 180 degrees C for 30-35 minutes.

baked eggless orange cake recipe

14. when warm or cool, serve orange cake with tea or coffee. you can wrap the remaining cake and keep in the fridge. this cake stays good for about a week in the fridge.

eggless orange cake recipe

if you are looking for more eggless cake recipes then do check vanilla cakeplum cake recipechristmas fruit cakebanana chocolate cakechocolate banana carrot cake, banana cake and mawa cake recipe.

eggless orange cake recipe below:

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eggless orange cake recipe
eggless orange cake: soft and light cake made with fresh orange juice and whole wheat flour.
RECIPE TYPE: dessert, brunch
CUISINE: world
INGREDIENTS (measuring cup used, 1 cup = 250 ml)
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour or all purpose flour/maida or half-half of both the flours
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • a pinch of salt
  • ¾ to 1 cup orange juice, if using whole wheat flour then add 1 cup orange juice and if using all purpose flour, then add ¾ cup
  • ½ cup powdered jaggery organic unrefined cane sugar or regular fine or powdered sugar (add more if required)
  • ¼ cup olive oil or butter or any vegetable oil
  • ½ tsp orange zest
  • 1 tbsp eggless vanilla custard powder or corn flour/corn starch
  1. preheat your oven to 180 degrees C.
  2. sieve the whole wheat flour with corn starch, salt, baking powder and baking soda.
  3. in a bowl add the sugar and oil.
  4. with an electric beater or hand beater or a wooden spoon, beat this mixture of oil/butter and sugar/jaggery till well blended and creamy.
  5. now add the orange juice and stir very well.
  6. mix in the sieved flour mixture very well, so that all the flour is incorporated evenly.
  7. pour the batter in a lined or greased cake tin of about 7x4 inches.
  8. bake in a preheated oven for 180 degrees C for 30-35 minutes.
  9. check with a tooth pick if its comes out clean or not.
  10. once the cake becomes warm, remove it gently from the pan and keep on a wire rack for cooling.
  11. serve eggless orange cake with tea or coffee.
if using fresh orange juice, then make the juice just before you add it to the oil-sugar mixture. keeping orange juice for a long time can result in it getting bitter and spoiling the taste of the cake.

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  1. deepa says

    Hi..I plan to try this Asap! In the meanwhile can you Pl tell me the difference between baking powder and baking soda….Thanks

    • says

      welcome deepa. baking soda is pure sodium bicarbonate – when moistened releases carbon dioxide which helps in rising of baked stuff.
      baking powder contains sodium bicarbonate, an acidifying agent (cream of tartar), and also a drying agent (usually starch). same function as baking soda. however baking soda is more strong.

  2. ramya says

    Hey Dassana, just now baked the cake and it came out very well…wow the aroma while baking was heavenly. However one thing I noticed was that the cake has turned brown and crunchy on the top layer…..what could be the reason????

    • says

      browning can depend on the oven temperature or even with the ingredients in the baking. what i do is, when i see that the top layer is getting too browned, i cover with butter paper or aluminium foil and continue to bake. this way the browning does not become too much.

  3. madhulika says

    I have to tell you dassana that your recipe is absolutely awesome. I made it yesterday and it came out extremely soft, so unlike the usual atta cakes. The only thing I found lacking was the intense orange flavor in the original recipe so I added two tsp of zest instead of one, and increased the quantity of orange juice to 1 cup. Later glazed it with the orange juice, and confectioner’s sugar combo, it tasted super duper yummy. I love your blog and thank you for coming up with such easy and tasty vegan recipes.

    • says

      thanks a lot madhulika. the orange flavor is not dominant. 2 tsp zest is good. but if you add orange extract or essence, then the there is a dominant flavor of orange. this time recently when i made this cake, i also added 1 cup orange juice :-)

  4. says

    had a few amount of left over oranges; searched up a recepie – found yours & I have to so it’s amazing delicious <3

    thank you for this quick, easy & delicious recepie

  5. Guneet says

    Hello Dassana,
    Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe. Today I made this cake and it has turned out very nice, soft and delcious.

    Lookimg forward to try some more recipes from your blog.
    God bless you…

    • says

      its easy to get orange zest. just grate orange peel and you get orange zest. just make sure you grate only the orange colored part of the peel and not the white part. white part has bitter tones.

  6. durga says

    Hi, I would like to give this a try but unfortunately I don’t have baking powder right now. I have baking soda and also eno fruit salt. Will these two help in making this cake? Or can I just use baking soda? Can you please give me some ideas on this?
    Thanks in advance..

      • durga says

        Thanks a lot for your response!! I bought baking powder and tried it.. And the cake is just out of the oven.. It is smelling and looking awesome and it was done in just 25 mins.. Waiting for it to cool as I want to ice it and give hubby as it is his birthday!!
        Thank you once again!!

  7. PRIYA says

    Hi Dassana! I have been following most of your recipes and they are just awesome!
    Im totally new to baking and i decided to start with this simple recipe for orange cake…i used sugar instead of jaggery and didnt use baking soda! instead i used 1 tsp of baking powder.
    Cake turned out pretty good except for less fluffy and slight wierd odour! is this anything to do with wheat flour or absence of baking soda?

  8. Sunitha says

    Hi Dassana….Im goin to try this recipe this week….I need a clarification….If using powdered jaggery, do i have to melt the jaggery in water before adding it to the flour ? Or, powder it completely and mix it into flour ? Since no water is mentioned in recipe except for orange juice, im worried abt the batter consistency…

  9. purple says

    Hi Dassana! Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe. I’m very new at baking, and tried this as cupcakes (n=12) yesterday. They came out delicious! :) Simple, easy and healthy :)

  10. Ashwini says

    Hi Dassana,
    Looks like an interesting cake to be tried out. Can you give me some ideas to frost this cake? Thank you.

    • says

      hi ashwini, best will be an orange butter frosting. whip unsalted butter till smooth, light and fluffy. add a bit of orange juice or orange essence and some orange zest. next would be a a chocolate icing with orange juice. melt chocolate in a double boiler or microwave. add powdered sugar, orange juice or essence and orange zest.

          • Ashwini says

            Thanks again Dassana for this recipe…its truly superb….I baked this for my parents’ wedding anniversary yesterday and everyone just loved it!!just like you said,the cake was light and soft….this cake scores a 10/10 for the taste,texture and health point of view…Had just one more doubt, if I have to double the quantity of the ingredients,how long should it bake in the oven?

            • says

              thanks ashwini for the positive feedback on orange cake. give my best wishes to your parents on their wedding anniversary. it will be difficult to tell the exact time as it depends upon oven settings, temperature. i guess, it will be around 15-20 minutes more.

  11. aslam says

    Hi there … I tried it as ‘Cup Cake’ … I used butter (1 stick) and 1 spoon of yogurt (not sour) , carbonated orange drink …. it turned up well and spongy …

  12. Nisha says

    Haii,This cake looks delicious and healthy.I want to try it.You’ ve mentioned that 1cup is 250ml.Request you to tell me how many grams 1cup is.The 1 cup I have holds 130grams.Thanks a bunch.

    • says

      a cup is always measured in ml. so when a dry ingredient like flour or rice or grains are added in cups, their weight in grams differ depending on the space they occupy in the cup. so 1 cup of rice would weigh differently than 1 cup of sugar. 1 cup of whole wheat flour weighs differently than 1 cup of maida or all purpose flour.

  13. Nimmi says

    Dassana, I used ghee instead of oil/butter and had a very difficult time in dissolving the sugar but the end result was worth the effort. it was really fluffy and delicious and was done in 25 mnts at 180 c. one doubt, If i want to double the quantity, do i need to add more baking powder and baking soda? Thanks

    • says

      nimmi, you made a ghee cake :-) ghee will surely make the cake taste delicious. yes you will need to increase the baking powder. increase the baking soda will give that soapy smell. so i suggest adding 1 tsp baking powder and 1/2 tsp baking soda.

  14. rj says

    very nice recipe.doesnt involve a hand mixer and thats what i loved the most.i forgot to add the corn flour and didnt notice much change in the texture.wud however reduce the sugar by quarter. thanks

  15. sital says

    I made this cake today with multigrain flour, and stevia for a diabetic loved one and it was delicious…….will try making the others too

  16. swathi says

    I liked this cake very much as it is healthy to use wheat flour instead of white flour. Itreally came out well. SSmooth cake. Loved it. I didnot use corn flour/ venilla. I made orange juice in mixy and used pulp too. ( I tasted orange juice to test bitterness) (y) thank you so much for the mouth watering recipe.

  17. SUNDEEP says

    My batter came out very thick it was not a flowing tendency.I am baking the cake now.Keeping my fingers crossed

  18. Devang says

    The cake was AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I had plucked dozens of oranges from our garden, didn’t know what to do with em. PERFECT!!!!
    Thanks a ton! My Mom doesnt lemme enter the kitchen, so i baked it when she was out. :P
    Everyone loved it!
    So m bakin it again, with whipped cream and stuff.
    I just wanna know, can i moisten the layers by orange juice before spreading the cream?

    • says

      thats great. you are lucky to have oranges from your garden :-)

      yes, you can moisten the layers. just brush lightly with orange juice. make sure that the cake does not becoming soggy.

      • gayatri says

        I want to give this a try but I don’t have oven so can I bake this in pressure cooker instead? Please advice what to do.
        Thank you

        • says

          try baking. i have not tried baking this cake in the pressure cooker. but i think you can easily make in the cooker. just sprinkle salt or sand on the cooker. heat the cooker first for 5 minutes. place the pan with the cake batter in the cooker. do not cover the pan with any lid. close the cooker lid tightly on the cooker, like the way we do when cooking rice or dal. remove the vent weight/whistle from the lid. you can also remove the whistle from the lid before covering the cooker. reduce the flame to its lowest and bake for 35 to 40 minutes. you might even take more time.

  19. rupali varma says

    my cake did not come out well .It was wet in middle bottom and hard above it on top Can you mail me a video .I have panasonic microwave convection oven with automenu . plz let me know how to make it that auto menu has cakes menu with orange cake predifined for 7 mins. .

    Waiting for your reply.

    • says

      did you microwave or used the convection mode. never use auto menus unless the recipe is given by the company and is specifically meant for the auto menu. something has gone wrong in the oven. you have to use the convection mode to bake the cake.

  20. Anita says

    Hi Dassana,

    Tried your eggless orange cake. It turned out excellent and was consumed within minutes. Thanks for a great recipe and a mouth watering website. Keep up the good work. God bless!


  21. db says

    hi! i was looking for eggless cake recipe and baked this cake for the first time. The cake came out a huge success..thanks for the recipe.

  22. Gitika says

    Hi I tried baking the cake in the microwave option the taste was awesome but it came out too soft… How can I make it a lil hard?

    • says

      microwave for some more seconds or minutes. you will have to check after some seconds in between so that the cake does not become dense.

  23. Shefalee says

    didnt have any baking soda.. so i used self-raising flour instead of the ‘flour and baking soda’. the cake did rise and became just like in the pictures.
    thanks for the recipe ;)

  24. Shubhada says

    Atta, jaggary & eggless. What else can one ask for! I could not wait to try it out. It turned out too good. But the oranges did not have strong flavor. Can I add orange essence to it? Can I do it without soda?

    • says

      depends on the quality of oranges. you can add orange essence. baking soda is required in this recipe, hence cannot skip it out completely.

  25. mardi says

    Was looking for an eggless cake today with oranges as a friend gave some from her tree. Stumbled accross your website. What a great find! I love Indian food and have just been getting into making dahls. My cake turned out just like yours in the photo. That never happens! It was quick and easy and tasted great. Will definately make again as oranges in season in Australia at the moment. Really nice homemade cake. Thanks. Glad I found your site.

    • says

      just microwave on high or medium high power. if using high power, then microwave for 2 to 3 minutes and check. if not done, then microwave again for some seconds. but remember that even after removing from microwave, the food keeps on cooking for some minutes.

  26. wynot says

    Hi Dassana, I just made your cake and it was delicious. My family loves it and will be making it again and again. Was just wondering about the no eggs. Would it mess up recipe?

  27. Nivedita says

    I tried this cake for tea time was delicious! My family loved it too. Didn’t have any jaggery powder so I used cane sugar. Thank you so much for this easy recipe :-)

  28. Shilpa says

    Thanks for the orange cake recipie..came out very well 3yr old son and 60yr old pa in law both loved it…

  29. anu says

    thanks loads..I love baking but too much worried about the calories.I tried this cake and turn out good.did u try this as mufffin? Does it works? I am looking forward to see your low calorie cake and muffin recipes in future

    • says

      hi anu. i have not tried the orange cake as muffins. i think the batter should work as a muffin batter too. i try to keep most of the cakes or muffins i make with less oil. shall be posting some more cake recipes.

  30. Keyuri says

    You said that you can make the cake in microwave convention mode but how to use it? I mean what should be the temperature and what should be the time?

      • says

        you can use metallic baking pans or tins while baking in the convection mode of microwave oven. but don’t use these in the microwave mode. there will be arcing and fire sparks will be seen.

  31. Dee says

    Thank you for this wonderful recipe. I love it that this recipe isn’t fuddy-duddy as they usually are and you have given us a lot of scope for substitution. At present my cake is in the oven. It smells and looks lovely. I can’t wait to eat it! xx

  32. jennifer says

    hi dassana, lovely healthy cake .my kids loved it.since i have 2 kids, there r lots of biscuits that friends n relatives get 4 them .so can u suggest any recipe where i can use these leftover biscuits pls.thanks

    • says

      no… avoid adding rasna… it wont give you the natural flavor of orange juice in the cake. may spoil the taste of the cake. you can add the real brand or any other good brand of packed fresh orange juice.

        • says

          no…. no other juice can be substituted in this recipe as its the acidic nature of the orange juice that helps in the baking along with the other ingredients. lemon juice can be added, but the proportion would be different and the whole recipe will change. the closest juice that i can think of is sweet lime (mosambi juice).but i don’t know how the cake will turn out and taste.

  33. Parvathy says

    a silent follower of ur blog. tried this out and it came out really good. super dupper keeper receipe. my son could’nt stop eating. made muffins, got 12 small ones,used sugar as i was not having jaggery, reduced sugar by 1TBSP. i forgot to add salt, but yuummm muffins. thks a million. could u suggest way to make vanilla cakes with atta?

    • says

      thanks parvathy and i hope you won’t remain silent now :-) i have tons of recipe requests for vanilla cake. i made twice and failed miserably. so will have to come up with a fool proof recipe.

    • says

      hi hemlata, the jaggery is same and not yet same. i use organic jaggery. i get it already in powdered form, so that reduces my work of powdering it :-)

        • says

          organic jaggery can be easily got from the organic section of supermarkets like nature’s basket, hypercity, spencers and big bazaar. you can also got organic sugar and dried sugarcane juice from fabindia. dried sugarcane juice is too good and makes even simple drinks like nimbu pani or aam panna very delicious plus healthy too. another option is to buy online. i get all organic stuff from an organic shop close to my place.

    • says

      the cake has to be baked in the convection mode in the microwave. its the same time and temperature. 180 degrees C for 35-40 minutes. but just check the cake after 25-30 minutes as due to the fan, the baking is a bit quick in the microwave.

    • harsha says

      I made in the Microwave. Preheat as usual and then Micro high for 5 – 6 min & then microgrill combination on 6 min. Mine came out really well.

  34. says

    This definitely will be tried in my own kitchen soon. I don’t think I have ever come across any cake recipe with jaggery I totally agree that it is healthier than the ones with white sugar.