“Velvety soft and moist glazed orange dream pound cake! Full of orange and vanilla flavors!”

Watch me make this glazed orange dream pound cake from start to finish!

If you haven’t figured it out by now, I have pound cake recipes for DAYZZZZZ!!!! I swear there will never be a shortage of them on Divas Can Cook thanks to my obsession with them! Gosh, they make me so happy! My husband’s grandmother has an entire file cabinet row FULL of nothing but hand-written pound cake recipes that date as far back as the 1800s. I could seriously spend all day browsing through her expansive recipe collection.





When I saw this recipe for a glazed orange dream pound cake, I had to give it a try. This cake apparently has many names, ” Sunkist Pound Cake” and” Orange Pound Cake” are the most common.  The first time I made it, I wasn’t too thrilled with the texture, so I adjusted the fats to get that moist, velvety texture that I love! It was an easy adaptation. I also replaced the orange juice with orange Sunkist soda and a bit more orange and vanilla extract.

Which orange soda to use for orange pound cake?

For orange pound cake use your favorite brand of orange soda. I usually switch between Orange Crush and Orange Sunkist. Faygo, Nehi, and Fanta also win! I just think Sunkist has more of a natural orange flavor.

I’m not a huge fan of putting soda and food coloring in my cakes, but sometimes you just gotta DO IT to achieve a deeper flavor and color, once it’s baked. It was the right call with this cake. I LOVE the color!

Orange Pound Cake Recipe Sunkist Pound Cake

That orange soda + orange extract + orange zest was the ticket! It allowed the cake to have a perfectly light orange-vanilla flavor without one totally overpowering the other.

Just look at that velvety soft, tight crumb texture!! It’s freakin perfect! I tried a new organic, non-hydrogenated shortening (Spectrum), and it worked really well in this recipe.

I’m not 100% sold on it because I haven’t baked with it enough, but if it continues to work out with my recipes, you’ll be seeing it often on my channel. They have butter-flavored as well! I’m always on the lookout to “clean up” some of my favorite ingredients! *crossing fingers*

For this orange dream pound cake, I used a simple vanilla-orange glaze. I think a  cream cheese glaze would also taste amazing on this cake!



glazed orange dream pound cake recipe

Get the Recipe: Glazed Orange Dream Pound Cake

4.64 from 47 ratings
Orange pound cake made with orange Sunkist soda! Old fashioned recipes that makes a velvety soft pound cake.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 1 cake


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperatue
  • 1/2 cup butter-flavor shortening
  • 2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 5 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1½- 2 tablespoons orange extract
  • zest of 1 medium orange, plus more for garnish if desired
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ¼ cups orange soda, I used Sunkist
  • red and yellow food coloring, to make orange if deisred

GLAZE (double if desired)

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-3 Tablespoons milk, or enough to make a thick, pourable glaze


  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Grease and lightly flour a bundt pan. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, cream together butter, shortening and sugar.
  • Beat in eggs one at a time.
  • Stir in orange extract and vanilla extract.
  • Stir in orange zest.
  • In a medium bowl, sift together flour and salt.
  • Combine dry ingredients into wet ingredients, mixing gently, alternating with the orange soda.
  • Stir in red and yellow food coloring to create a deeper orange color, if desired.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan.
  • Bake for 50-60 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean or with moist crumbs clinging. (Do not overbake as cake will continue to cook as it sits in the pan to cool.)
  • Remove from oven and leave in pan until pan is cool enough to touch.
  • Remove cake from pan and place on a cooling rack until completely cooled.
  • Mix glaze ingredients and pour over cooled cake.
  • Sprinkle with orange zest and let glaze harden.
  • Serve!


Cuisine: southern
Course: Dessert
Serving: 0g, Calories: 0kcal, Carbohydrates: 0g, Protein: 0g, Fat: 0g, Saturated Fat: 0g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0g, Trans Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 0mg, Potassium: 0mg, Fiber: 0g, Sugar: 0g, Vitamin A: 0IU, Vitamin C: 0mg, Calcium: 0mg, Iron: 0mg
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