Orange Bread

Bright and bursting with citrus, Orange Bread brings the taste of sunshine to your breakfast! Call it a bread or an orange loaf cake if you prefer–either way this recipe is big time hit!

Loaf of orange bread on a wooden cutting board drizzled with orange glaze.

Our Favorite Citrus Bread

Orange Bread is one of my favorite loafs of all time. I even prefer it over this Lemon Loaf recipe!

Whenever I bring it to a potluck or serve it to friends, it disappears almost before I can even have a taste. Moist and bursting with orange flavor, this bread is unbelievably good.

A shiny orange glaze poured on top of the bread fresh from the oven, takes this  loaf to the next level.

Once people try this, they never fail to ask for the recipe! It’s sweet enough to serve as a dessert but perfectly acceptable for breakfast, too.

I like this bread best served cold, right out of the refrigerator. A slice of ice cold bread is perfect for a warm summer morning, paired with my hot coffee.

Hot coffee in the summer, I know. I used to make fun of my parents for drinking coffee in the heat but I totally get it now.

Of course, I’d happily eat my Orange Loaf Cake with a tall glass of iced coffee too. The important thing is that there’s coffee and delicious bread. Priorities.

How to Make Orange Bread

Step by step photos for how to make orange bread.

The secret to the tantalizing orange flavor of this bread comes from two key ingredients: orange juice AND orange zest. You can taste the citrus goodness in every bite.

After creaming butter and sugar together, you add the zest from four whole oranges, along with the eggs. Flour, baking soda and salt are added, along with the orange juice and yogurt.

Yogurt is the secret to moist orange bread! Similar to sour cream, yogurt helps lock in the moisture in this bread. It won’t dry out, even a couple of days after baking!

When the batter is mixed together, pour it into two greased loaf pans and bake for 45 to 55 minutes.

While the bread is baking, it’s time to make an orange syrup to put on top! Cook granulated white sugar with the juice from two oranges on low heat until the sugar dissolves.

When your loaves are done baking, let them cool in their pans for 10 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack. Spoon syrup over cakes. Cool completely!

Step by step photos for adding glaze to orange bread recipe.

Top it off with an Orange Glaze

You don’t need much to add the perfect finishing touche to your orange bread. This glaze recipe is simple powdered sugar and orange juice.

While the bread is cooling, whisk together powdered sugar with orange juice until well combined.

Pour the glaze over the cake and allow it to dry. This bread is delicious without the addition of glaze on top but I think this frosting makes it extra special.

Store orange bread covered in the refrigerator or freeze!

2 loaves of glazed orange bread on a wire rack with two oranges in background.

Storing Your Orange Loaf

This recipe makes two orange loaf cakes because I like one to eat and one to freeze for later.

To freeze, wrap it in foil first then place the loaf in a freezer bag for storage. It’ll keep well this way for a couple of months, but I usually eat my second loaf within a few weeks.

Once my first loaf is gone, it’s hard to resist thawing that second cake.

Often, a loaf of frozen orange bread is one of the things we take with us on family camping trips. It’ll thaw overnight and you can enjoy a home baked breakfast the next morning!

Once you try regular orange bread, make sure to check out my Cranberry Orange Bread and my Blueberry Loaf recipes, too!

More Bread Recipes

Yield: 20 servings

Orange Bread

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Bright and bursting with citrus, Orange Bread brings the taste of sunshine to your breakfast! Call it a bread or an orange loaf cake if you prefer--either way this recipe is big time hit!


For the Bread

  • ½ lb butter, softened
  • 2 ½ cup sugar, divided
  • 4 eggs, room temperature
  • 4 oranges, zested and juiced, divided
  • 3 cup flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ¾ cup orange juice, divided
  • ¾ cup vanilla yogurt, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla

For the Glaze

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbsp orange juice


  1. Cream butter and 2 cup sugar in a mixer for 5 minutes. On medium speed, beat in eggs, one at a time. Add orange zest from all 4 oranges (about ⅓ cup).
  2. In large bowl, mix flour, baking powder, soda, and salt. In another bowl, mix ¼ cup OJ (juice of 1 orange), yogurt and vanilla. Add flour and yogurt mixtures alternately to mixer in 3 additions.
  3. Pour into two greased loaf pans. I line my pans with parchment paper on the bottom, then grease pan. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 45-55 minutes.
  4. While bread is baking, cook remaining ½ cup sugar with ½ cup OJ (juice of 2 oranges) on low until sugar dissolves. Cool cakes ten minutes in pan. Remove from pans to a wire rack. Spoon syrup over cakes. Cool completely.
  5. To glaze, mix 2 cup powdered sugar with ¼ cup OJ (juice of 1 orange) with whisk. Pour over cake and allow to dry. Store in refrigerator or freeze.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 330Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 254mgCarbohydrates: 56gFiber: 1gSugar: 40gProtein: 4g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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 Orange loaf is the sweetest way to start any day! 

About Aimee

Aimee is a dessert lover (specifically rice krispie treats), workout enthusiast, self-taught foodie, and recipe creator.

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Posted on March 9, 2020

Comments & Reviews

    1. Would you please reply to my question on Oct 7 as to whether I could bake the recipe in a 9×13 pan and for how long? Do hope to hear from you. Thanks.

      1. How do you get the glaze to look like white icing? Mine just translucent and although good, I like seeing it as yours does, thanks!

    1. Could I use the orange syrup leftover from your orange peel candy to incorporate into this? Trying it soon! Will come back here to update.

  1. I love that it makes 2 loafs b/c we baked one for us and gifted the other. 🙂 Such good neighbors we are!

  2. I made this and we loved it. Such a wonderful orange flavor throughout . So glad it made 2 loaves, lol!

  3. So happy to have found your blog! This is another gooood looking recipe. I allready bookmarked it! Greetings from Germany! 🙂

  4. You not only serve up great recipes, but you dish out some great stories with great humor as well!

    I will definitely be enjoying some of your orange bread with hot coffee this summer!


  5. Your Orange Bread would make a great addition to any brunch. Thanks for sharing with Full Plate Thursday!

  6. I think I may be drooling a little bit! That bread looks amazing! And the glaze…wow! Thanks for linking up with Made From Scratch Tuesday!

  7. I love the glaze that goes over this. ‘very tasty. Just stopping by from Made from Scratch Tuesday and I wanted to invite you to my Iron Chef Challenge the themed ingredient this month is ham. Link up a recipe and you’ll have a chance to win a prize. Hope you can join in the fun!!!

  8. This looks so good, moist and simple.

    so glad you linked up. I WILL be making this!

  9. Mmm. That looks so good – you make delicious recipes. Going to try these after the wafer cookies 😉

  10. Yum…this looks delish! Love sweet breads {the perfect treat aside my morning coffee} but def am in the quest for an alternate to the old stand-bys {zuchinni and banana bread}…this would fit the bill perfectly!

    xx Cat brideblu

  11. Mmmm, orange bread. That looks delicious and I love how that icing looks on there. 🙂

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