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Norwegian Gold Cake

This may be the most coveted family recipe that I've got; a moist, rich cake with the most perfect citrus buttercream, this cake is perfect for birthdays, dinner parties, or when you just feel like treating yourself!
Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr 25 mins
Course Dessert


Norwegian Gold Cake Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1⅓ cups all purpose flour
  • 5 eggs
  • cups sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla bean paste

Citrus Buttercream Ingredients

  • 1 lb confectioner's sugar
  • ½ cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1 Tbsp fresh orange juice + zest


Norwegian Gold Cake Steps

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F. Grease a tube pan or 9x13" cake pan with butter and flour, then set aside.
  • Cream together the flour and butter on medium speed for 3 to 5 minutes, until smooth. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing after each addition.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the sugar and baking powder, then add this to the flour mixture. Mix in the vanilla.
  • Pour the batter into your prepared pan and tap on the counter a few times to pop any air bubbles. Bake the cake for 35-40 minutes, until the top is golden and the cake tester comes out clean. If you're using a 9x13" pan, start checking earlier, between 25 and 30 minutes instead. Allow the cake to cool for 15 minutes in the pan, then turn out onto a cooling rack to cool completely before frosting.

Citrus Buttercream Steps

  • Cream the butter and confectioners sugar together on low speed in the bowl of a stand mixer. Add in the vanilla.
  • Add the lemon juice and zest, plus the orange juice and zest, and mix until incorporated. At this point, you can adjust the proportions by adding more confectioners sugar for a thicker frosting, or more juice for a thinner one.
  • When the cake is completely cooled, frost and decorate however you'd like! If you're feeling ~fancy~, you could even try to candy some fruit peels, instructions found here!
Keyword buttercream, cake, citrus