Orange Slice Cake Recipe

This Orange Slice Cake Recipe is a moist old fashioned fruitcake made with candy orange slices, nuts, dates and coconut
, mellowed with a yummy orange glaze, a popular Southern cake sure to rev up your nostalgia.

My friend gave me this recipe about 60 years ago.

I spoke with her recently and asked her if she still makes it lining her cake pan with old brown paper bags, like the recipe called from when she gave it to me.

She said, "Why yes, if you don't it won't be as moist. 
You have to use a brown paper bag!"

I didn't have the heart to tell her that I hadn't done that in years and I still have a moist cake.

I haven't seen those paper bags in years.

But if you have one, give it a go.

Grease and flour it like you would parchment paper.

Orange Slice Cake

  • 1 lb. orange slice candy, chopped

  • 2 cups pecans, coarsely chopped

  • 8 oz. package pitted dates, chopped

  • 1 can (3 1/2 oz.) flaked coconut

  • 3 1/2 cups sifted plain flour

  • 2 sticks butter

  • 2 cups sugar

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 4 large eggs

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 cup buttermilk

Dredge candy and fruits in one cup of the flour.

Set aside.

Cream butter, sugar, and salt together until light and fluffy.

Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Stir baking soda into buttermilk.

Mix in rest of flour and buttermilk alternately, to creamed mixture, starting and ending with flour.

Fold in dredged candy and fruits.

Pour batter into a well greased and floured tube pan.

Bake in a preheated oven at 250 F. for 2 1/2 hours.

Remove from oven and let stand 5 minutes.

Remove from pan and pour on hot glaze.

It is a fruit cake recipe.

When whipped up, baking in the oven, it brings us nostalgia we want to pass down, as it was to us, while we celebrate a joyous time of year, with family and friends.

Orange Glaze Recipe

  • 6 oz. frozen orange juice, unfrozen

  • 2 cups powdered sugar

Mix together in a saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring well to blend.

Remove from heat and pour on the hot Orange Slice Cake immediately.


Best to let set a couple of days before serving.

That gives the glaze a chance to moisten the cake evenly.

This delicious Orange Slice Cake can be made anytime during the year for special occasions for just when you want to serve something special for dessert.

History Of Orange Slice Candy

An Orange Slice Candy was first made in the United States by the Powers Candy Company in 1968.

That same year a cake containing Orange Candy Slices appeared in a Kalamazoo County bake off competition in, Louisville, Kentucky, 

A lady won first place on her Orange Slice Cake entry and received a First Place Blue Ribbon attached to her cake.

Then a cook book author, in Louisville, Kentucky, deeming the cake recipe printable, published it in a desert cook book titled, Favorite Recipes In America in that very same year... 1968.

Related Pages

Banana Fruit Cake Recipe

Orange Coconut Cake Recipe

No Bake Fruitcake

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