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Golden Saffron Orange Bundt Cake

Orange cake recipe that is spiced up with saffron and turmeric. Super quick to whip up, this moist cake is a lovely dessert for all occasions!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time50 mins
cooling2 hrs 10 mins
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 417.6kcal
Author: Amira


  • 1 Tablespoon boiling water.
  • 1/2 teaspoon saffron threads.
  • 1/8 teaspoon turmeric.
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk.
  • 2 Tablespoons orange juice.
  • 1 Tablespoon orange zest.
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour.
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt.
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder.
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda.
  • 2 1/4 sticks (1 1/8 cup) unsalted butter.
  • 2 cups granulated sugar.
  • 3 large eggs.
  • 1 egg yolk large.


  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar.
  • 2 Tablespoons orange juice.
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons plain yogurt.
  • Optional: 1 cup chopped pistachios.


  • Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 12 cup bundt pan with butter or spray with baking spray.
  • In a cup mix saffron, turmeric and hot water together and let it steep for 15 minutes.
  • Add buttermilk, vanilla, orange juice and zest to the saffron mixture and mix well.
  • In a large bowl, combine in flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda
  • Cream butter and sugar until fluffy and pale.
  • Beat in eggs one by one then add the yolk.
  • Add flour mixture alternating with saffron mixture mixing after each addition.*
  • Pour batter into the bundt cake and bake for 50 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean
  • Let the cake cool for 10 minutes in the pan then let it cool completely on a wire rack.
  • Whisk glaze ingredients well then pour over the cake
  • Decorate with some chopped pistachios.


* To avoid over-mixing, start and end with the flour mixture. With the last addition of flour mixture mix with a wooden spoon instead of your mixer.
Nutrition Facts
Golden Saffron Orange Bundt Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 417.6 Calories from Fat 158
% Daily Value*
Fat 17.5g27%
Sodium 137.2mg6%
Potassium 150.6mg4%
Carbohydrates 63.3g21%
Sugar 44.7g50%
Protein 5.5g11%
Vitamin A 550IU11%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 48mg5%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Calories: 417.6kcal | Carbohydrates: 63.3g | Protein: 5.5g | Fat: 17.5g | Sodium: 137.2mg | Potassium: 150.6mg | Sugar: 44.7g | Vitamin A: 550IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 1.3mg