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Best Breakfast: Orange Coffee Cake, Skillet Bread, and the Cake That Makes Itself

Updated on December 11, 2016
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Patty collects recipes from past generations among ethnic groups, the 13 Original Colonies, the American Civil War & the 19th century.


Aromas of Christmas

Citrus is a fresh, energizing scent that livens up the house each morning when these great recipes are baking in the oven or on the stove top.

In addition to providing a delectable, clean aroma, oranges and other citrus can help to reduce the length of the common cold and sometimes help to prevent colds altogether. During Christmas and Winter Holidays, the recipes below are sue to be more fun to prepare and enjoy than a Vitamin C tablet!

For Christmas and Winter Holidays, the scent of oranges compliments the aromas of apples, cinnamon, and other spices that come alive in the house for weeks. One you attach the old Mardi Gras Season to the ends of the Twelve Days of Christmas, you can have these aromas and flavors all the way through Fat Tuesday!

Easy Orange Coffee Cake


  • 1 Standard box Spice Cake Mix, or your favorite "scratch" recipe
  • 1 Eight-ounce. carton Orange or vanilla yogurt
  • 1/3 Cup Orange juice concentrate
  • 3 Whole eggs
Walnuts make the filling for this coffee cake extra delicious and add texture.
Walnuts make the filling for this coffee cake extra delicious and add texture. | Source

Filling Ingredients

  • 1 Cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 Cup packed light brown sugar or sugar substitute or honey
  • 1 Tbsp. grated orange peel
  • 3/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. cloves


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, 177 degrees C, or Gas Mark 4 (USA, Canada, UK).
  • Grease (or use cooking spray) and flour a 9 x 13 or a 9-inch round pan.
  • In large mixing bowl place all cake batter ingredients
  • Mix batter on low speed until moist.
  • Beat again at medium speed for two (2) minutes.
  • In a smaller bowl, place all of the filling ingredients together at once and mix together well.
  • Pour one-half of the coffee cake batter into the pan and drizzle half of the cake filling mix smoothly over the top of the cake batter.
  • Add the other half of the cake batter to the same pan.
  • On top, finally place the rest of the cake filling.
  • Bake for 35 minutes, until a knife blade comes out of the center of the cake clean. Cool about 15 minutes on a cooling rack and place the cake out onto a serving place.
  • Serve this dessert or breakfast dish with any flavor yogurt spread on the top and add some golden raisins or just drizzle the cake with orange blossom honey.

How do you like this recipe?

5 stars from 1 rating of Easy Orange Coffee Cake

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 35 min
Ready in: 50 min
Yields: 6 or 8 Breakfast Slices

Origins of Coffee Cakes

Historians at the Ohio Historical Society and Ohio Village living history town in Central Ohio tell us that the term "coffee cake" became popular in the United States after the American Civil War. Around 1870, people who enjoyed coffee with cake as dessert began to shorten the combination to "coffee cake" and this was followed by the innovation of a sponge cake dipped in coffee, laced with cinnamon, and covered with a white icing.

The new cake was varied by home cooks and chefs in inns and restaurants until versions were seen fit to serve for breakfast. The coffee cake with orange icing became somewhat of a delicacy and by the 1960s, refrigerator biscuits with a tine of orange icing were sold in tubes in the dairy cases in major grocery stores. Some home cooks placed the biscuits together in a round cake pan to make a coffee cake that broke apart into individuals servings

Convenience food of the mid-20th century, based on old recipes of farmers and pioneers.
Convenience food of the mid-20th century, based on old recipes of farmers and pioneers. | Source

A Cake That Makes Itself

"An Orange Cake Makes Itself"

Skillet Bread and Orange Marmalade

Older Recipes

Skillet bread began in iron skillets, probably as corn bread, over outdoor cook fires among Native Americans and European settlers. This recipe was continued by farmers and carried into the American West by pioneers. These types of cakes are related to the corn cakes made on the backs of hoe blades by slaves on plantations in the American South; and, on top of flat rocks on a cook fire by other Native American Nations in what is now the USA, Mexico, and Central and South America..



  • 2 Cups self-rising flour or "Lite" biscuit mix*
  • 1/2 Cup vegetable oil
  • 1 Cup milk, or a little more if needed.

* 1 Cup biscuit mix = 1 Cup flour plus 1 1/2 tsp baking powder plus 1/2 tsp salt plus 1 Tbsp shortening. Mix some up ahead of time and keep it on hand for baking whenever you might want it..


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F, 200 degrees C, or Gas Mark 6 (USA, Canada, UK).
  • Mix the three skillet-bread ingredients together well and form a ball of dough.
  • Next, flatten the dough into a greased 9-inch cast-iron skillet, spreading it evenly.
  • Bake in the oven for about 25 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and cut the bread into wedges.
  • Enjoy the skillet bread with Orange Marmalade.


An Alternative Option

A differently textured bread can be made by eliminating the oil and using about 2 cups of milk. A second alternative is to eliminate oil and use 1 cup of milk and 2 beaten eggs. For a sweeter bread, add 1/4 Cup sugar.

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    • MrMarmalade profile image

      MrMarmalade 9 years ago from Sydney

      Will be making on Friday morning.

      Patti, I am bereft,

      Some manufacturer of marmalade has decdided to make orange Jam in future.

      The young people of the world are not buying marmalade.

       Hence the name of Orange Jam.

      May be I will have to rename 'Ex Marma'

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from North America

      This is a catastrophe to no longer have marmalade.

      You are so witty, however, to be in Orange Exile as Ex Marma.

      Perhaps we can undertake a Marmalade Campaign and make a resurgence.

      I shall have to wear an Orange Beret for the corps.

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile image

      Zsuzsy Bee 9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Patty! These recipes look just great. I have a couple of friends coming for coffee later in the week; I'm going to make the orange coffee cake. I'll let you know how it goes over.

      Thanks for sharing regards Zsuzsy

      MrM! don't despair there are enough of us 'oldies' to keep the sacred name of marmalade alive. On that note Patty I like Orange Berets. We should have them as part of our island uniform (just for formal days of course) zs

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from North America

      Oooh, formal Orange Berets with secret restaurant techniques. What fun!

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile image

      Zsuzsy Bee 9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Your recipe was a success Patty everyone just loved the orange coffeecake.

      Thanks again for sharing regards Zsuzsy

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from North America

      That's good news, Zsuzsy. I am glad that others like this recipe!

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 8 years ago from North America

      I love these recipes and I'm glad they turned out so well for you, Vondre. I will certainly go over and see yours, too.

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