Orange Raisin Coffee Cake

I have a pretty cool Dad. He is the one person that will give support whenever it is needed. Moral support, that is. I always admit to him that it is because of his support that I have often succeeded in most things that I attempted to do. All I need is his “OK”, and I’m almost at the finish line holding a trophy.

But, my Dad is also a very funny guy. He tries. Last night he called me and asked to talk to Ana, who is 20 months old. During their conversation (I wish I had taped her trying to tell him that we had cake), he asked her if mommy had prepared dinner.

She responded with, “kay! kay! kay!”. “Do you mean, cake?”. “Your Mama made cake?”. “DA!”. (Macedonian for YES!).

My dad was at the front door in 20 minutes? My mom right behind him. Anything for cake!

My mom though, the not-so-supportive one, as always, found a problem with the cake before she even tasted it. Before she even saw it!

“Tell me is this egg-free or something?!”. “Yes mom, it is…it’s Lent.”.  “Oh yeah… then it’s taste-free right?”.  “Woman, give it a chance!’.

So she did. Verdict? She loved it. That means a lot coming from someone like her: She is 110 pounds, and always has been, and will not put anything in her mouth that is labeled fat-free, dairy-free, etc… She’s just naturally thin. Lucky her!

If you love coffee, and if you love a cake to accompany that coffee, give this a try. It’s a very sweet and moist cake, with a delicious combination of orange and raisin flavors.

P.S. I made this after the sun went down so I wasn’t able to take pictures while I was making it. I apologize.

Orange Raisin Coffee Cake

You will need:

  • 3 cups Flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 Orange, zested
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • ¾ cup walnuts, ground
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • Light Brown Sugar for the top


  • Preheat oven at 375.
  • In a large, deep mixing bowl combine the flour, salt, sugar, raisins, walnuts, poppy seeds, and zest.
  • In a separate bowl mix together the orange juice and the baking soda, then add it to the flour mixture; mix well.
  • Mix in the apple juice and vanilla extract.
  • Dust the bottom of 9×13 cake pan with flour, then pour in the batter.
  • Sprinkle the top with a handful of light brown sugar.
  • Put it in the oven and bake for about 45 minutes to an hour, or when a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  • Let it cool for 20 minutes before cutting.
  • Serve with a cup of Joe.

36 Responses
  1. Elizabeth Kutanovski

    Hi Kate! Love love your blog – I follow you and look forward to reading your next post 🙂 I do have a question about this recipe, could it be put into a bundt pan? Wasn’t sure if the cake would rise appropriately. Hope all is well – take care!!

  2. My mother was the same way, always commenting on something, and my Dad would take food, anyway it came. Your cake sounds so good, and please pour me a cup of coffee to go with your cake:)

  3. Love your stories ! You are so funny ! I am linking to this recipe on my facebook, you know Macedonians are always looking for new Lent recipes !

    1. Yes, I know… we’re always scavenging for new Lent recipes! 🙂 I can’t tell you just how many ladies from the Macedonian community out here have asked me for this recipe… it’s a delicious cake, I don’t blame them. 🙂

  4. Sure is a nice looking coffee cake, very nice. Aren’t mothers great 🙂 they know exactly how to make us want to pull out our hair. For a second there I thought you were talking about my mother and you were long lost sister, haha.

  5. Your story had me laughing out loud! My dad was very similar when my kids were little, he had the patience to just sit there and listen to the babble.
    Love the cake! I’m in my citrus mode right now, this is right up there!

  6. What an awesome story, you don’t here too many families drop everything and run over to the house anymore, you are very lucky. I love this story, that takes the cake! Dad and you are very lucky to have each other and mom did a good job raising you both! lol take care great job on this cake!

  7. That is so sweet that your dad is so supportive and you can turn to him in need of moral support. And I love how your mom’s a tough critic but your cake flew with passing colors. Your cake does sound delish. Love how you added fruit juices and poppy seeds. yummm!

  8. Your cake is amazing. We all have our family challenges, but at least with this cake you prevailed. I find it hard to believe that you would fail with anything involving food.

  9. love the conversation between your dad and Ana.. super cute! I don’t like fat free food, lucky i have a high metabolism 🙂 But if this continues I may put on major amount of weight any day soon 😛 The only diet food I have is diet coke 😀 😀
    I like this cake recipe and I am sure I am going to love it !!! I never made egg free cake so I can make this successfully .. my mom will be super proud of me 🙂 she is not a vegetarian but she has this thing for egg-less cake!

  10. This sounds delicious. I love coffee cake and I bet the orange flavor gives it a bright flavor. The story about your parents made me lol, I can see my family doing the same thing.

  11. The pictures you have are more than enough. Orange and raisins in a cake=super tasty. Funny story about your parents, sounds like never a dull moment around your house.

  12. LOL I love this, it’s like going to my parents house ROFL

    Only thing I need to deal with is, if t’s fat free Dad will not touch it, and if it’s anything but fat free my Mom and sister will just look at it and comment LOL They both make me exercise 2 hours every day, because they look perfect every time. As soon as I start thinking I’m ok they show up and I see I need to go on a diet again LOL

    BTW love the cake. It looks perfect 🙂 Wish I had some now with my coffee 🙂

  13. don’t apologize! this looks wonderful. I love the photos Kate. I’m glad you’re so close with your mom and dad, its such a wonderful thing. Yum coffee cake, this may go well with a bunch I’m putting together I’ll have to keep it in mind. Beautiful job as always!

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