Recipe By Candice
Published Jun 19th
Prep 10m Cook 30m Additional 30m Ready In 1h 10m
Servings 1 9x13-inch cake Calories 164.5

This is a traditional Italian cake made during Carnivale AND Easter. Some call it a ‘Spongy Orange Cake’ but we think the texture is between that and a regular cake. It is by far my husband’s favorite cake of all time. I’ve topped it with Avon’s Warm Orange Sauce which takes this dump-and-mix cake from GREAT to SPECTACULAR!

Recipe Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 7 tablespoons warm milk
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 orange, juice and zest
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Preheat oven to 360 degrees F (180 degrees C).
  2. 2 Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish with butter.
  3. 3 Mix flour, sugar, milk, olive oil, orange juice, orange zest, eggs, baking powder, vanilla extract, and nutmeg in a large bowl until batter is well combined.
  4. 4 Pour batter into the prepared baking dish.
  5. 5 Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Let cool before serving.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 164.5
  • Carbohydrate 28.2 g
  • Cholesterol 25.4 mg
  • Fat 4.6 g
  • Fiber 0.7 g
  • Protein 2.9 g
  • Saturated Fat 0.8 g
  • Sodium 159 mg
  • Sugar 14.9 g

Chef's Notes

When cooled, drizzle cake with Avon's Warm Orange Sauce and serve!


  1. I made it exactly as instructed. The cake was pretty and tasty but I wanted a bit more orange taste so glazed it with a simple orange glaze. May try putting more OJ in the batter next time.
  2. This is a classic! I held true to the ingredients but changed method just a bit. I creamed the oil, sugar, and eggs then added the other ingredients leaving the flour for last. My 14 year old daughter actually made this. We decorated it with the traditional giglio from Florence. It was a hit at - Read more ...
  3. I followed the recipe exactly. My husband didn't like this at all.
  4. Made this just now. Came out pretty good. I baked it in a loaf pan so had to cook it for a longer period. About 45 minutes. My husband loved it!!
  5. The crumb on this cake is just as described by the author of it. This is an especially perfect cake for those who don't like things really sweet. This was made with oranges picked right off the tree. We thought this was just perfect for our morning coffee. Be sure to try it with Avon's - Read more ...

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