Making Orange Cake from a Yellow Cake Mix

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December 4, 2010

What can I substitute for an orange cake mix that I can't find?

By dinah from Tomball, TX


December 4, 20103 found this helpful

Try using a yellow cake mix, and substitute orange juice in place of water.

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December 6, 20101 found this helpful

Here is the homemade recipe and link below this recipe for a yellow cake mix cheat sheet:

Orange Cake

3 large eggs
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 cup milk
1/2 cup olive oil
Zest of 1 orange, minced
1 3/4 cups flour, sifted
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

1 orange
1 1/2 cups orange juice
1 1/2 cups sugar

Preheat an oven to 400 degrees F. Butter an 8-inch cake pan with 2-inch sides, then dust with sugar and flour.


Beat the eggs with the sugar to pale yellow ribbons. Beat in the milk, oil and orange zest. In a small bowl, sift the flour with the baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture a tablespoon at a time, stirring well after each addition.

Pour batter into prepared cake pan and bake for 45 to 55 minutes or until middle of cake springs back when lightly touched. Remove cake from oven, let cool slightly on a rack, then invert and cool completely.

Meanwhile, prepare the syrup: Use a sharp paring knife to cut the orange rind off the orange used for zest and the remaining orange, leaving the bitter white pith on the orange. Cut the skin into very thin strips and reserve. Cut away and discard the white pith, remove the orange supremes, and reserve.

In a large saucepan, combine the orange juice, sugar, and thin orange strips. Bring to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes, or until a thick syrup. Strain the syrup and reserve the orange strips, along with 1/2 cup of the syrup. Use a toothpick to poke holes in the top of the cake, then pour the warm strained syrup all over the cake so that it soaks through.


Place the remaining 1/2 cup syrup in a small saucepan, bring to a simmer and reduce to a few tablespoons. Use a spatula to spread the thick glaze over the top of the cake. Place cake on a serving platter, and arrange the reserved orange strips and orange supremes on top of the cake.

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April 13, 20190 found this helpful

Thank you

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December 4, 2010

I cannot find the Duncan Hines orange cake mix anymore. I want to use the Duncan Hines yellow cake mix and add ingredients to it to use as a substitute for the orange cake mix. Would I just add some orange extract?


By eileen from MI


Orange Cake From Yellow Cake Mix

Orange Cake: Add 1 teaspoon grated orange rind to mix and use 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract. To make the yellow cake mix taste more like orange cake, use orange juice in place of the water.

Why don't you start making your own cake mixes instead of the store bought.

Try the following website: and type "Orange Chiffon Layer Cake" in the search box. (08/24/2009)

By Marjorie

Orange Cake From Yellow Cake Mix

Just add a package of orange Jello to the mix. For frosting, use a pkg of instant vanilla pudding and 2 cups of cool whip. You can use some orange zest (grated rind) for a garnish. (08/25/2009)

By kmcb59

Orange Cake From Yellow Cake Mix

Here's an orange soda cake recipe I have used.

  • 1 pkg of white cake mix
  • 1 1/4 cup of Sunkist orange soda

  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs whites

Combine cake mix, soda, oil, and egg. Beat with an electric mixer at med speed until smooth.

Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees F for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. (08/25/2009)

By paula

Orange Cake From Yellow Cake Mix

I purchase Duncan Hines orange cake mix at Meijer all the time. Makes for great cookies adding white chocolate chips. Or as the post above suggested, call the 1-800 number on the box and ask them. I sure hope they don't do away with it.

Cake Mix Cookies:

  • 1 box Duncan Hines orange cake mix
  • 2 eggs slightly beaten
  • 1 stick of butter softened
  • Stir in 1 pkg of white baking chips

Mix all together and drop on ungreased cookie sheet using a cookie scoop.

Bake in 350 F. oven for 8-10 minutes. No need to frost as they are very sweet on their own. (08/26/2009)


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