Orange Raisin Coffee Cake

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A few squares of 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!).

Squares of orange raisin coffee cake cut into squares in a baking pan


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!

A few squares of orange raisin coffee cake

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
  • ΒΎ 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

Side view of a few squares of orange raisin coffee cake



  • 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.

Top view of a square of orange raisin coffee cake


36 Responses
  1. Elizabeth Kutanovski

    Hi Kate! Love love your blog – I follow you and look forward to reading your next post πŸ™‚ 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. The Mom Chef ~ Taking on Magazines One Recipe at a Time

    No eggs and it looks so fantastic?? I love cake with coffee. It’s horrible, but I do most of my cake-eating in the morning with my second cup of coffee. This looks fantastic and yes, I would love a piece. Da.

  3. Becky

    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:)

  4. Mina @ Angellove's Cooking

    Oh, Kate – ДА πŸ™‚ your cake is gorgeous!!! I definitely will give this lovely recipe a try!!!

  5. Maja

    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. Kate @

      Yes, I know… we’re always scavenging for new Lent recipes! πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ™‚

  6. Medifast Coupon Code 2011

    Sure is a nice looking coffee cake, very nice. Aren’t mothers great πŸ™‚ 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.

  7. Kim- Liv Life

    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!

  8. Vicki @ Wilde in the Kitchen

    Love the flavors in this cake! Also love that your dad heard the word cake and was at your door in no time, hilarious!

  9. Fresh and Foodie

    Wow! I can’t believe there isn’t any butter, eggs, oil etc. in here! Looks moist, too. Very cool recipe, and I love anything orange.

  10. claudia lamascolo/aka pegasuslegend

    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!

  11. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective

    Great story and lovely cake. I never add raisins to any baked goods except for cookies. What’s the matter with me?!?

  12. Trish

    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!

  13. Lora @cakeduchess

    Such a cute story! Love that he came right over. I have friends/family like that;)Your mom is I’m sure very proud of all you do. This cake must be so good!

  14. The Farmers Wife

    Hahaha!! I read that to my husband, and we both agreed that we know a family member who is just like your mom and I can TOTALLY commiserate! I’m so glad she liked it, I think it looks amazing!

  15. lil @ sweetsbysillianah

    your parents are too funny! i can only imagine how much quicker they’ll be over once your daughter can say full sentences. πŸ˜‰

    i’m lovin’ the orange flavors these days too… ready for spring!

  16. kitchenarian

    I love the sound of the apple juice and the orange juice mixed in this – it must be so moist! Great post!

  17. Food Frenzy

    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.

  18. Kankana

    love the conversation between your dad and Ana.. super cute! I don’t like fat free food, lucky i have a high metabolism πŸ™‚ But if this continues I may put on major amount of weight any day soon πŸ˜› The only diet food I have is diet coke πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€
    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 πŸ™‚ she is not a vegetarian but she has this thing for egg-less cake!

  19. BigFatBaker

    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.

  20. Sandra

    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.

  21. Firefly

    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 πŸ™‚ Wish I had some now with my coffee πŸ™‚

  22. Sandra@ Sandra's Easy Cooking

    Your mom sound much like my mother in law..she was always between 98 to 105 lb naturally and eat like a truck driver..nothing fat free will be in her mouth!:)) Your Cake look fantastic, so moist and wonderful!!! Love it!!

  23. Kimberly(Unrivaledkitch)

    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!

  24. Lauren

    Oh wow! You have done it again. This looks incredible!!!!! Your pictures are fabulous. It looks so moist and…just yummmmm. I am all over this. Thanks

  25. Lauren@LYK

    Orange and raisins together, yum! And in a cake…can’t beat it πŸ™‚ I love the story about your parents, totally how my mother would react as well.

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