Orange cake with coconut cream cheese frosting is the perfect spring cake! Fluffy orange sheet cake covered in creamy coconut cream cheese frosting. So delicious, citrusy and great for a crowd.

Believe me when I tell you that this is everybody’s favorite orange cake. 

orange cake with coconut cream cheese frosting

This orange cake is so perfect for Spring. Ideal for the Easter season, it’s a cake that my grandma would make all the time. We would all lose our minds over it – it was incredible. Fluffy orange cake with creamy coconut icing. The combination is a dream!

orange cake with coconut cream cheese frosting

This cake has been a long time coming. 

If you’ve been around for a while, then you may have read my story about mother lovett’s orange cake. A recipe is even in that wordy post – yes that is how we structured recipes back in 2011. Secretly wish nothing had changed – ha! 

orange cake with coconut cream cheese frosting

Her orange cake was one of her best cakes.

Personally, I think it’s a toss up between her orange cake and her coconut cake. Both were fantastic, so fluffy, so sweet and delicious. And she barely even glanced at her recipe. She made them for so many years and years that she knew how the batter should look and feel on the spatula. And she knew exactly how much orange zest to grate! 

orange cake with coconut cream cheese frosting

She baked cakes or pies every weekend and was known for them. As a kid, I usually wanted chocolate or peanut butter desserts but I always made an exception for her orange cake. It was MAJOR. 

Funnily enough I changed her recipe a bit. I based this on her recipe and a lemon cake from the NYT, because I wanted to make sure I could get it perfect as a 9×13 sheet cake.

Those are my favorite cakes to make! They are simple and huge crowd pleasers. My pumpkin dream cake and banana cake with espresso frosting are huge hits. So is this triple berry vanilla sheet cake! Anyone can make those cakes. And everyone loves to eat them. 

orange cake with coconut cream cheese frosting

Mother Lovett always frosted her orange cakes with a fabulous coconut frosting. Because I’m such a cream cheese nut, I did a coconut cream cheese frosting.

I’ve used this before on my banana carrot easter cupcakes and it’s so creamy and wonderful. Sweet but tangy at the same time! 

orange cake with coconut cream cheese frosting

Like I said, I live for a sheet cake like this.

It makes for the best dessert at any dinner or party. It’s also a nice little afternoon snack with some coffee or according to my mom, breakfast. Cake for breakfast was a huge thing in her house growing up, probably because her mom made so much cake! 

Can’t blame them, this is definitely breakfast worthy.

orange cake with coconut cream cheese frosting

Orange Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

Orange Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

Orange cake with coconut cream cheese frosting is the perfect spring cake! Fluffy orange sheet cake covered in creamy coconut cream cheese frosting. So delicious, citrusy and great for a crowd.
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Ingredients

orange cake

  • 3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 ⅓ cups whole milk
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs

coconut cream cheese frosting

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon coconut extract, optional
  • 1 cup shredded, sweetened coconut

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9x13 baking pan with nonstick baking spray. I like to use the kind specifically for baking that has flour in it.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and soda. In a measuring cup, whisk together the milk, lemon juice and orange juice.
  • In the bowl of your electric mixer, beat together the butter and the sugar on medium speed until fluffy, for 5 full minutes. Scrape down the sides as needed. Beat in the orange zest until combined. Beat in the eggs 1 at a time until combined. Beat in the vanilla extract.
  • With the mixer on low speed, mix in half of the flour mixture. Mix in the milk mixture. Mix in the remaining flour mixture until just combined.
  • Pour the batter in the greased baking pan. Spread the top to even it out. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until a tester inserted in the center comes back clean.
  • Let the cake cool completely before frosting. I usually remove mine after about 30 minutes in the pan - I just invert it and frost the flat side. You can leave it in the pan and frost too!

coconut cream cheese frosting

  • Beat the cream cheese and butter together until creamy. Beat in the sugar until combined. Beat in the vanilla extract and coconut extract. Frost the cooled cake! Sprinkle on the coconut and press so it gently adheres to the frosting. I like to keep the cake in the fridge because of the cream cheese frosting, plus we love cold cake!

Notes

slightly adapted from NYT and mother lovett's orange cake
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orange cake with coconut cream cheese frosting

Loveliest little fluff square.