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Two slices of vegan orange cake on a white plate with slices of orange in the background

Vegan orange cake with candied orange peels

Vegan orange cake with candied orange peels is a delicious, moist, easy to make, eggless and dairyless fragrant cake.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 10 slices
Calories 223kcal


Ingredients for candied orange peel

  • Peel of 1 large orange
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar you can change the quantity depending upon how much sweetness you want.
  • 8 cups water

Ingredients for the cake

  • 1.5 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/3 cup neutral flavored cooking oil I have used canola oil
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • A pinch of salt
  • Zest of 1 orange


  • To make the candied peel, remove the peel of 1 orange, cut it into strips and add to 3 cups of water. Boil the orange peel for 6-7 minutes. Discard the water and rinse the peel. Repeat the process one more time. 
  • In a pan add 2 cups water and 1/4 cup sugar mix and let it boil till the sugar gets dissolved completely. Add the boiled peels to this mixture and cook for 25-30 minutes on medium flame till there is almost no more water left in the pan and peels get nicely coated in thick sugar syrup. 
  • Put a cooling rack over a plate and spread the candied peels on the rack so that all the excess sugar syrup gets dripped off the peels. Allow the peels to reach room temperature.
  • Cut the candied peels into small pieces and keep aside.
  • In a bowl sieve all purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, orange zest, and salt.
  • In another bowl mix the sugar, oil and orange juice.
  • Now add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix. Next add in the chopped, candied orange peel and gently fold it into the cake batter.
  • Grease a pan and add this mixture to it. Bake in a pre-heated oven for around 35 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius or till it passes the toothpick test.
  • Once done, take it out of the oven.  Allow it to rest on a cooling rack for a few minutes and then cut into desired pieces. Enjoy with a cup of hot tea/ coffee.


Calories: 223kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 141mg | Potassium: 70mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 50IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg