Orange Marmalade Cake Recipe

This orange marmalade cake recipe is a simple homemade cake with notes of citrus and walnuts.  Topped with homemade lemon icing, it is an easy cake to make for a crowd. If you love the pioneer woman orange marmalade cake, give this one a try!

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Orange Marmalade Cake with lemon icing on a white plate with fresh mint


Ingredients for this marmalade cake

Most of the cake ingredients here are pretty standard.  Flour, sugar, etc.  The only real unique item is a few of the spices and the marmalade.  So, here are the ingredients for this Orange Marmalade Cake Recipe:
  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Cinnamon
  • Cloves
  • Nutmeg
  • Butter, melted
  • White sugar
  • Eggs
  • Whole milk
  • Lemon extract
  • Chopped walnuts
  • Orange marmalade
  • Top with Easy Lemon Icing made with powdered sugar, milk, and lemon extract
Orange marmalade and spices on a wood cutting board

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How to make marmalade cake

To make this simple cake recipe, combine your dry ingredients in a bowl. Lightly mix the flour, baking powder salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves and set aside.

In a separate bowl, beat together the sugar, melted butter, eggs, milk and lemon extract.  Once it is smooth and completely combined, gently stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. 

The last step in making your homemade cake is to stir in the marmalade and walnuts just until they are evenly mixed in.  Pour the batter in a 13 by 9 inch pan that has been lightly greased.  You want to bake the cake for 45 minutes to an hour until it lightly springs back when touched. 

Make sure to cool your cake completely before serving.  RIGHT before you serve your cake, top it with your homemade lemon icing if desired.  Directions on how to make this icing for this Orange Marmalade Cake Recipe are in the recipe card below.

Orange marmalade cake with lemon icing on a white plate

Marmalade Cake Recipe with Lemon Icing

There are many ways to make marmalade cakes but this one is simple and delicious.  Light hints of citrus from the orange marmalade pairs well with the warm flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg.  A simple and delicious cake recipe to make again and again. 

To check for cake done-ness, you can use the toothpick method, or check out Better Homes and Garden for toothpick test alternatives.  You can also get a cake tester needle which makes it very easy. 

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Easy Orange Marmalade Cake

Orange Marmalade Cake with lemon icing on a white plate with fresh mint

This orange marmalade cake recipe is a simple homemade cake with notes of citrus and walnuts. 

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2/3 cup butter, melted
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 tsp lemon extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup orange marmalade
  • Easy Lemon Icing Ingredients
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 to 2 TBSP milk (to desired consistency)
  • 1/4 tsp lemon extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Grease and flour a 13 x 9 inch baking dish.
  3. Mix together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves, set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, stir together the sugar, melted butter, eggs, milk and lemon extract.
  5. Add dry ingredients to the liquid mixture, mix until well blended.
  6. Finally, stir in the walnuts and marmalade.
  7. Pour batter into the prepared pan.
  8. Bake for 45 to 60 minutes, until cake springs back when lightly touched. 
  9. Cool completely before cutting and serving.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 321Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 74mgSodium: 203mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 1gSugar: 28gProtein: 5g

nutrition information not always accurate






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