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35 Irresistible Orange Dessert Recipes to Make the Most of the Sweetest Citrus Fruit

35 Irresistible Orange Dessert Recipes to Make the Most of the Sweetest Citrus Fruit

Orange dessert recipes make the most of the sweetest citrus fruit. From cakes to candies, these treats will brighten even the gloomiest day!

35 Irresistible Orange Dessert Recipes to Make the Most of the Sweetest Citrus Fruit // FoodNouveau.com

While maybe not as popular in the dessert realm as their lemon counterparts, orange dessert recipes are utterly irresistible. What better way is there to let the sweetest citrus fruit shine than to turn it into a bright, vibrant dessert that explodes with juicy flavors?

Oranges come in many varieties, all of which work beautifully in desserts. From clementine cupcakes and mandarin orange bread to tangy orange marmalade and candied orange slices, the possibilities are endless!

While oranges are very often used to inject flavor into cakes, don’t be shy about stepping outside of that comfort zone. Oranges make for utterly delightful frozen desserts just bursting with juiciness. Try simple gelatos, sorbets and even semifreddo.

And how drab would our mornings be without orange preserves? Tangy marmalade on a slice of orange loaf cake or orange curd slathered on a chocolate orange scone will elevate any breakfast, brunch, or afternoon coffee break.

Don’t forget the decadent (and very popular) chocolate-orange flavor combo. This works beautifully with candies like chocolate-covered peel or orange slices but also in stunning (but easy!) orange dessert recipes such as my blood orange and dark chocolate fondant cakes.

Pssst… If you love citrus desserts as much as I do, be sure to check out my Citrus Desserts ebook with 16 well-loved and meticulously tested citrus desserts!



Orange Cake Recipes


1. Easy Orange Yogurt Cake with Citrus Whipped Cream

by Food Nouveau

This deceptively easy recipe for orange yogurt cake produces a light and fluffy treat you can enjoy as-is or garnish more creatively for special occasions.

Easy Orange Yogurt Cake with Citrus Whipped Cream // FoodNouveau.com

2. Blood Orange Bundt Cake

by Style Sweet

This pretty-in-pink, glazed Blood Orange Bundt Cake is tender with a burst of citrus. Be sure to make this blushing beauty while blood oranges are in season!

Blood Orange Bundt Cake by Style Sweet, one of 35 Irresistible Orange Dessert Recipes on FoodNouveau.com

3. Italian Orange Ricotta Cake

by Family Style Food

This simple Italian-inspired almond cake is baked with spoonfuls of fresh orange-infused ricotta. Delicious, from breakfast to dessert!

Italian Orange Ricotta Cake by Family Style Food // FoodNouveau.com

4. Orange and Carrot Cupcakes with Zesty Cream Cheese Frosting

by Food Nouveau

These fine-crumbed orange and carrot cupcakes are filled with good-for-you ingredients and topped with a citrus fruit-infused creamy cream cheese frosting.

Orange and Carrot Cupcakes with Zesty Cream Cheese Frosting, one of 35 Irresistible Orange Dessert Recipes on FoodNouveau.com

5. Orange Ciambella

by Mangia Bedda

Orange Ciambella is an easy, “last-minute” orange dessert recipe to have on hand when company is coming over. Fragrant and infused with orange flavor, this is the perfect simple dessert to enjoy with your coffee!

Orange Ciambella by Mangia Bedda // FoodNouveau.com

6. Blood Orange Upside Down Cake 

by The Forked Spoon

Quite possibly the easiest cake you will ever make, this Blood Orange Upside Down Cake takes only 10 minutes to prepare, giving you the perfect excuse to make a cake (and eat it too!) whenever, whereever!

Blood Orange Upside Down Cake by The Forked Spoon, one of 35 Irresistible Orange Dessert Recipes on FoodNouveau.com

7. Orange Loaf Cake

by Addicted to Dates

This deliciously zesty vegan orange loaf cake is drizzled with an irresistible orange icing. This cake is moist, fluffy, and bursting with citrus flavor. Perfect for making the most out of citrus season!

Orange Loaf Cake by Addicted to Dates // FoodNouveau.com

8. Clementine Squash Cupcakes with Maple Italian Meringue Buttercream

by Food Nouveau

These delightfully tender squash cupcakes are infused with aromatic clementines and topped with an elegant maple-flavored Italian meringue buttercream.

Clementine Squash Cupcakes with Maple Italian Meringue Buttercream // FoodNouveau.com

9. Mandarin Orange Bread

by An Italian in My Kitchen

This easy-to-make Mandarin Orange Bread is beautiful and delicious! It makes the perfect breakfast, snack, or even dessert bread. Leave it plain, or serve with a dusting of powdered sugar or a simple mandarin orange glaze?

Mandarin Orange Bread by An Italian in My Kitchen // FoodNouveau.com

10. Orange and Cardamom Carrot Cake 

by Food Nouveau

This delightfully moist cardamom carrot cake is infused with bright spices and citrus flavors: it’s the perfect combination of comforting and refreshing.

Orange and Cardamom Carrot Cake with Vanilla Yogurt and Candied Pistachios // FoodNouveau.com

11. Orange Creamsicle Layer Cake

by Fresh April Flours

This moist and flavorful orange vanilla cake is full of bright and zesty orange marmalade. A sunny orange cream cheese frosting makes this orange creamsicle cake simply irresistible!

Orange Creamsicle Layer Cake by Fresh April Flours, one of 35 Irresistible Orange Dessert Recipes on FoodNouveau.com

12. Blood Orange and Dark Chocolate Fondant Cakes 

by Food Nouveau

These indulgent chocolate fondant cakes combine slightly acidic blood oranges with rich dark chocolate, which delightfully highlights the complementary flavors of both ingredients.

Blood Orange and Dark Chocolate Fondant Cakes // FoodNouveau.com

13. Vegan Chocolate Orange Cheesecake 

by Addicted to Dates

This no-bake vegan chocolate orange cheesecake recipe is the BEST you’ll ever try! Made with dairy-free cream cheese, dark chocolate, and fresh oranges to create an intense chocolate orange flavor explosion. This decadent cake is perfect for any occasion!

Vegan Chocolate Orange Cheesecake by Addicted to Dates // FoodNouveau.com


Orange Cookie Recipes


14. Orange and Maple Madeleines

by Food Nouveau

These orange and maple madeleines deliciously combine citrus and maple products, demonstrating the two flavors are a match made in heaven.

Orange Maple Madeleines // FoodNouveau.com

15. Small Batch Soft Orange Cookies

by Homemade in the Kitchen

Learn how to make delicate and fruity soft orange cookies using orange marmalade. The orange cream cheese frosting makes the cookies festive and addictive! 

Small Batch Soft Orange Cookies by Homemade in the Kitchen, one of 35 Irresistible Orange Dessert Recipes on FoodNouveau.com

16. Italian Orange Juice Cookies

by Mangia Bedda

Italian orange juice cookies are classic cookies found on most Christmas cookie trays served by Italian families. With a soft and cake-like texture and subtle orange flavor, they are the perfect accompaniment to your coffee or tea. Enjoy as is, or topped with maraschino cherries or almonds.

Italian Orange Juice Cookies by Mangia Bedda // FoodNouveau.com

17. Honey Orange Macarons

by Food Nouveau

These crowd-pleasing honey orange French macarons combine comforting, mellow flavors in a tiny, colorful package. This recipe includes a variety of resources to help you learn how to make French macarons, including a video class!

Honey Orange Macarons // FoodNouveau.com

18. Clementine Macarons

by Food Nouveau

These clementine French macarons are a lovely way to enjoy winter’s cutest citrus fruit. They offer an incredibly aromatic, juicy flavor in a tiny package.

Clementine Macarons, one of 35 Irresistible Orange Dessert Recipes on FoodNouveau.com


Orange Pie Recipes


19. Orange Pie

by The Bake School

This orange pie is a play on creamsicles and summer with a saltine crust, a layer of cheesecake filling, orange curd, and orange marmalade!

Orange Pie by The Bake School // FoodNouveau.com

20. Orange Tart 

by Greedy Gourmet

This French orange tart is easy to prepare and makes a refreshing change from traditional lemon tart! Even better when served with Chantilly cream.

Orange Tart by Greedy Gourmet, one of 35 Irresistible Orange Dessert Recipes on FoodNouveau.com

21. Chocolate Orange Tart

by Occasionally Eggs

Vegan, sugar, and gluten-free, this chocolate orange tart has a silky pour-in filling and crisp date & sunflower seed base. Topped with juicy oranges and whipped coconut cream, this is a seriously decadent, yet good-for-you dessert!

Chocolate Orange Tart by Occasionally Eggs // FoodNouveau.com


Orange Recipes for Breakfast & Brunch


23. Whole Orange and Maple Oatmeal Muffins

by Food Nouveau

These dairy-free maple oatmeal muffins have it all: healthy ingredients, amazing aroma, and irresistible crunchy top. It’s the tastiest way to start the day!

Tasty, Healthy & Dairy-Free: Whole Orange and Maple Oatmeal Muffins // FoodNouveau.com

24. Chocolate Orange Scones 

by Good Things Baking Co.

These chocolate orange scones are simple and come together quickly. It’s a delicious, lightly sweetened orange dessert recipe that’s perfect for breakfast, dessert, or tea time!

Chocolate Orange Scones by Good Things Baking Co. // FoodNouveau.com


Orange Desserts & Frozen Treats


25. Blood Orange Panna Cotta

by Simple Bites

Cool and creamy, sweet and slightly bitter, this blood orange panna cotta is a simple yet sophisticated dessert for two.

Blood Orange Panna Cotta by Simple Bites, one of 35 Irresistible Orange Dessert Recipes on FoodNouveau.com

26. Orange Maple Panna Cotta

by Food Nouveau

This easy orange maple panna cotta dessert is topped with bright citrus pieces and a crunchy maple crumble. An elegant combination of flavors and textures!

Cara Cara Orange and Maple Panna Cotta with Pecan-Maple Crumble // FoodNouveau.com

27. Almond and Orange Gelato

by Food Nouveau

This almond and orange gelato combines zesty and juicy with toasty and nutty to create a surprisingly comforting, yet remarkable frozen treat. It will charm your taste buds at the first spoonful!

Mandorla e Arancia Gelato // Almond and Orange Gelato // FoodNouveau.com

28. Orange Sherbet

by Baked The Blog

This easy orange sherbet requires no eggs or cooking. The frozen treat tastes like an orange creamsicle and requires just three ingredients!

Orange Sherbet by Baked The Blog, one of 35 Irresistible Orange Dessert Recipes on FoodNouveau.com

29. Tangerine Blood Orange Sorbet

by Family Style Food

This bright red tangerine and blood orange sorbet is a simple and beautiful homemade orange dessert recipe you can make with or without an ice cream maker.

Tangerine Blood Orange Sorbet by Family Style Food // FoodNouveau.com

30. Blood Orange Creamsicle Semifreddo

by Zoe Bakes

This spectacular creamsicle semifreddo is inspired by a recipe from legendary pastry chef Claudia Flemming from the Gramercy Tavern in New York. Topped with a layer of blood orange gelato and a fluffy orange meringue, this treat is what dessert dreams are made of!

Blood Orange Creamsicle Semifreddo by Zoe Bakes // FoodNouveau.com


Orange Preserve Recipes


31. Clementine Jelly

by Food Nouveau

You can use this mood-lifting, bright orange clementine jelly so many ways: fill macarons, spread on a piece of toast, croissants, waffles, brioche and even in between layers of sponge cake for that special occasion dessert.

Clementine Jelly // FoodNouveau.com

32. Orange Marmalade

by The Bake School

Learn how to make the best orange marmalade with this easy recipe that uses whole citrus fruits!

Orange Marmalade by The Bake School // FoodNouveau.com

33. Orange Curd

by Good Things Baking Co.

Tangy, vibrant, and lightly sweet, this orange curd recipe is a fresh take on the classic lemon condiment.

Orange Curd by Good Things Baking Co., one of 35 Irresistible Orange Dessert Recipes on FoodNouveau.com


Orange Candy Recipes


34. Chocolate Covered Candied Orange Peel

by Went Here 8 This

This candied orange peel recipe is so easy to make and perfect for gifts! Sweet, caramelized pieces of orange peels dipped in creamy chocolate are just the sweet treat you need to serve after rich meals.

Candies Chocolate Covered Candied Orange Peel by Went Here 8 This // FoodNouveau.com

35. Dark Chocolate-Covered Candied Orange Slices

by Craving Something Healthy

These candied orange slices are the most perfect combination of winter flavors you could dream up. And they’re so easy to make! Great to serve at dinner parties or give as edible gifts.

Dark Chocolate-Covered Candied Orange Slices by Craving Something Healthy // FoodNouveau.com


Citrus Desserts Cookbook

Love zesty, citrus-centric dessert recipes? Then you’ll love my Citrus Desserts Cookbook! Filled with colorful, irresistible meticulously tested dessert recipes—including cakes, tarts, breakfast treats, and delicious bars, spoonable treats, and candies—Citrus Desserts features mouthwatering photography, countless clever tips, and variation ideas to make the recipes as versatile as possible. LEARN MORE

Citrus Desserts: Sweet & Zesty Treats to Brighten Up Your Meals, an eBook by Marie Asselin, Award-Winning Author of FoodNouveau.com

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