Cara Cara Orange Layer Cake with Citrus Cream Cheese Frosting

Cara Cara Orange Layer Cake with Citrus Cream Cheese Frosting


For the Cake

  • 1 cup butter room temperature, plus more to prepare the pans (1 - 2 tablespoons)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs room temperature
  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste
  • 1 cara cara orange juice and zest

For the Frosting

  • 16 ounces 2 8 ounce blocks cream cheese
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
  • 2 cara cara oranges juice and zest

For the Garnish

  • 1 - 2 cara cara oranges thinly sliced
  • Mint leaves


For the Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Measure and cut 2 pieces of parchment paper to fit 2 (9) inch cake pans
  3. Butter cake pans, fit parchment circles into bottom of pans, and butter the parchment paper
  4. Add butter and sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat until fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes
  5. Add eggs, one at a time, making sure each is incorporated before adding the next
  6. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour and baking powder
  7. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture, alternating with milk - start and end with flour, beat just until combined
  8. Stir in vanilla bean paste, zest, and juice
  9. Divide evenly between the two prepared cake pans
  10. Bake 28 - 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out of the center clean
  11. Cool on wire rack for 10 minutes, turn out onto wire racks to cool completely

For the Frosting

  1. Add cream cheese and butter to the bowl of a stand mixer and beat on medium until combined
  2. Slowly add powdered sugar and beat until smooth and combined
  3. Add vanilla bean paste, zest, and juice and beat until combined

For the Assembly

  1. Using a serrated knife, slice each cake in half horizontally through the middle making 4 cakes approximately the same thickness
  2. Arrange the first layer on a cake stand or plate and spread 1/4 of the frosting on top
  3. Add the second layer and spread 1/4 frosting on top
  4. Repeat with the last two layers
  5. Garnish with orange slices and mint