Orange Coffee Bread: A Mouthwatering Recipe

Welcome to my Orange Coffee Bread Recipe! As a barista, I’m always on the lookout for new ways to infuse coffee into different aspects of my life. So today, I want to share with you my take on a classic coffee cake recipe with a burst of citrusy goodness.

There’s something about the combination of sweet and tangy that just makes my taste buds dance. And this recipe does just that with the perfect balance of orange zest, juice, and coffee flavor.

This Orange Coffee Bread is a delightful way to start your morning or enjoy as an afternoon treat. It’s easy to make, quick to bake and it will leave your kitchen smelling like a slice of heaven.

So, take out your apron, grab your ingredients, and let’s get started!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Orange Coffee Bread
Orange Coffee Bread

If you’re a coffee addict like me, then you’ll definitely love this incredibly delicious, moist and flavorful orange coffee bread recipe that will make your mouth water. I guarantee it!

You may be wondering what makes this recipe so special. Well, let me tell you why you’ll absolutely love it.

First of all, this orange coffee cake recipe is perfect for breakfast or brunch with family, friends, or even coworkers. It’s a great way to start the day with a warm cup of coffee and fresh-from-the-oven breakfast bread that’s bursting with sweet orange flavor and a hint of cinnamon.

Secondly, this recipe is incredibly simple and easy to make. With just a few basic ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen, you can whip up this delicious quick bread in no time. And if you’re feeling adventurous, you can always substitute some of the ingredients to make it your own.

Thirdly, this orange coffee cake loaf is perfect for any occasion. Whether it’s a holiday party or just a lazy Sunday afternoon, this bread is sure to impress your guests with its moist texture and bold flavor that they won’t be able to resist.

And finally, this recipe is really versatile. You can easily turn it into an orange cranberry bread or add some sour cream for a moist and tender blood orange pound cake that will leave everyone craving for more. The possibilities are endless!

So why not try something new today and treat yourself to some homemade sunshine coffee in the form of this delicious orange coffee bread? Trust me, you won’t regret it!

Ingredient List

 This Orange Coffee Bread will brighten up your breakfast or afternoon coffee break!
This Orange Coffee Bread will brighten up your breakfast or afternoon coffee break!

Here are the ingredients that you will need to make this delicious Orange Coffee Bread Recipe:

  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon of orange zest
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • ¾ cup of sour cream
  • 1/3 cup of vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed orange juice

For the streusel topping, you’ll need:

  • 3 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter, melted

And for the glaze, you’ll need:

  • ½ cup of powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed orange juice
  • Pinch of ground cardamom

Make sure to gather and measure out all the ingredients correctly to ensure success.

The Recipe How-To

 A slice of this citrusy coffee bread is the perfect complement to your hot cup of Joe.
A slice of this citrusy coffee bread is the perfect complement to your hot cup of Joe.

Mix the Dry Ingredients

First off, we need to mix our dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, whisk together 2 cups of purpose flour, 1 tablespoon of baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon powder, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt.

Mix the Wet Ingredients

In another bowl, combine 1 cup of sugar, 2 large eggs, and 1/4 cup of unsalted butter (softened). Mix well until the sugar has dissolved. Then blend in a tablespoon of orange zest and a teaspoon of vanilla extract. Slowly pour in 1 cup of orange juice and mix well.

Combine the Dry and Wet Mixtures

Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture while stirring until you get a smooth batter. Then add in 1/2 cup of sour cream and mix again.

Prepare the Loaf Pan

Grease your loaf pan with butter or use a baking spray then place your batter into it.

Bake Your Orange Coffee Bread

Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Bake the orange bread for about an hour or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Once done, let it cool on a wire rack for at least 15 minutes before removing it from the pan.

Prepare Your Orange Glaze

While waiting for your bread to cool down, create your orange glaze by mixing together some powdered sugar with fresh orange juice (about 2 tablespoons). Pour it over your cooled bread and let it set for at least five minutes before serving.

By following these simple steps, you can easily create your very own orange coffee bread perfect for any afternoon tea or coffee time.

Substitutions and Variations

 Freshly grated orange zest gives this coffee bread a zesty kick!
Freshly grated orange zest gives this coffee bread a zesty kick!

Are you feeling creative? Great! Let’s talk about substitutions and variations for this recipe.

One of the simple substitutions you can make is to switch up the orange zest for lemon, lime, or even grapefruit zest. You’ll achieve a burst of fresh citrus flavor that’ll leave your taste buds tingling.

If you’re not a big fan of cinnamon, no problemo! Simply take it out, and the bread will still turn out delicious. However, if you want to switch things up a bit, try cardamom or nutmeg as an alternative spice- they’ll give your orange bread an aromatic and unique twist.

Are you looking for a gluten-free option? No problem at all. While all-purpose flour is recommended for this recipe, feel free to use gluten-free flour if you need to. The texture may be slightly different, but the taste will still be fantastic.

If you prefer some nuts in your quick bread, then why not add some? Try adding 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts or pecans to your batter before baking. It’s a lovely addition that will give your bread extra crunchy texture.

Finally, maybe you want to jazz things up with the glaze; how about using blood orange juice instead of regular orange juice? Try it and a little bit of grated ginger as well to get that perfect combo of sweet and spicy in one bite.

By making these various alterations to this easy orange coffee cake recipe, you can create something uniquely yours while keeping the majority of ingredients stable. Have fun experimenting!

Serving and Pairing

 This loaf is the perfect addition to your brunch spread.
This loaf is the perfect addition to your brunch spread.

Once you’ve baked your orange coffee bread to perfection, it’s time to plate and serve it up! This delicious bread is perfect for any occasion, whether you’re entertaining guests or having a cozy night in with your family.

For an extra touch of sweetness, you can dust the top of your orange coffee bread with powdered sugar before serving. The contrast of the white powder against the golden brown crust is sure to be an eye-catching presentation.

When it comes to pairing this delightful bread with drinks, you can’t go wrong with a freshly brewed cup of coffee. The flavors of the orange and coffee complement each other perfectly, making this a match made in heaven. You can also opt for a warm cup of tea, as it pairs well with this subtly sweet bread.

If hosting a brunch or breakfast gathering, consider serving your orange coffee bread alongside fresh fruit bowls, yogurt parfaits or smoothies. It’s also perfect for an afternoon tea or coffee break accompanied by crumpets or scones.

This orange coffee bread is not only tasty on its own but also works incredibly well in combination with other desserts. For example, to create a beautiful dessert board for a dinner party, pair your orange coffee cake slices with a slice of classic pound cake or cranberry bread.

Whichever way you choose to enjoy your orange coffee cake, always keep in mind that the subtle sweetness and marked citrus notes make this dish stand out from other quick bread recipes. Beyond doubt, it’s worthwhile adding this recipe to the menu rotation when looking to add something unique and flavorful to your lineup of beloved baked goods.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The delicious aroma of freshly baked Orange Coffee Bread is irresistible.
The delicious aroma of freshly baked Orange Coffee Bread is irresistible.

Now, let’s talk about the practicalities of this Orange Coffee Bread recipe. As a barista and a baker, I know that life can get busy and sometimes we just don’t have enough time in the day to make everything from scratch. That’s why it’s always great to have a recipe that you can bake ahead of time, store well, and reheat for future use.

Firstly, this recipe can definitely be made ahead of time. In fact, I find that the flavors blend even better when left overnight. So you can prepare the batter, pour it into the pan, and pop it in the oven whenever you’re ready to bake it.

Once you’ve baked your Orange Coffee Bread, you’ll want to make sure you properly store it to maintain its freshness. For short-term storage (up to 2 days), wrap your loaf tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and store it at room temperature. If you plan on keeping it for longer than 2 days, I recommend transferring it to an airtight container and storing it in the refrigerator for up to a week.

When reheating your Orange Coffee Bread, simply remove it from its storage container and let it come to room temperature for about 10 minutes. You can then wrap it in foil and place in a preheated oven at 350°F for 10-15 minutes until heated through. Another option is to slice your bread and toast individual slices in a toaster for a quick breakfast or snack.

Overall, with proper storage and reheating techniques, your Orange Coffee Bread will taste just as delicious as the day you baked it. So whether you’re meal prepping for a busy week or simply looking for an easy breakfast option on-the-go, this recipe definitely has got you covered.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Enjoy this bread toasted with butter or cream cheese for a tasty treat.
Enjoy this bread toasted with butter or cream cheese for a tasty treat.

If you want perfect results when making this Orange Coffee Bread Recipe, here are some tips that would help.

Firstly, ensure that all the ingredients needed for this recipe are fresh and of high quality to get the best taste in your bread. You must also measure everything accurately to get the right balance of flavors in your bread.

For best results, mix the dry ingredients first before adding any wet ingredients to the mixture. Make sure to mix them thoroughly using a whisk or a sifter to avoid any lumps in the mixture.

Another important aspect is the temperature of your butter. It needs to be soft but not melted so that it is easier to cream with the sugar. Cold butter will cause lumps and uneven mixing.

When mixing your butter and sugar, make sure it’s light and fluffy before adding the eggs. This process helps incorporate air into your mixture, giving your bread a light texture.

Be careful not to overmix your batter since overmixing will develop gluten which leads to denser bread. Mix until all flour is incorporated then stop.

Lastly, take note of cooking time and temperature to avoid undercooking or overcooking the bread. Use a toothpick or knife inserted in the center of the bread loaf; it should come out clean when done.

By following these tips for perfect results, you can transform an easy recipe into an amazing treat that would be perfect any time of day!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this orange coffee bread recipe is the perfect way to start your morning with a burst of citrusy goodness and rich coffee flavor. The moist and tender crumb is a result of the perfect balance of ingredients and cooking techniques that I’ve detailed in this recipe. Whether you’re an experienced baker or just starting out, this recipe is sure to impress your friends and family with its amazing taste.

So why not bring some sunshine to your mornings with this delightful orange coffee bread recipe? It’s easy to make, versatile, and can be enjoyed any time of day. From the first bite to the last, you won’t be able to get enough of the tangy orange zest and the warm cinnamon notes.

Try this recipe today and see for yourself why it’s quickly becoming a favorite among coffee lovers and baking enthusiasts alike. And don’t forget to share it with your friends and family so that they too can experience the deliciousness of this orange sunshine coffee cake. Enjoy!

Orange Coffee Bread

Orange Coffee Bread Recipe
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 484 kcal


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup unbleached cane sugar
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup oil


  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted


  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice


  • Sift first five ingredients in bowl. Stir in orange peel,.
  • orange juice, eggs and vanilla. Add oil. Mix until moist.
  • Pour into greased/floured 8 by 8 pan. Mix topping and place.
  • on top of dough. Bake in 400 degree oven for 25-30 minutes-.
  • or until toothpick inserted in middle of bread comes out.
  • clean. Drizzle icing over bread when cooled 5 minutes.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 117gCalories: 484kcalCarbohydrates: 81.5gProtein: 6.7gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 4.2gCholesterol: 72.2mgSodium: 439.6mgFiber: 1.7gSugar: 47.3g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Breads, Healthy, Quick Breads
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