Sunday, July 19, 2009

{ zesty orange cake }

Today my niece (along with her Dad and Grandma) stopped in for a quick visit and lunch on their way home. I thought it would be nice to whip up a birthday cake for Christine, since I likely won't see her next month on her actual birthday.

At first I wanted to make Pioneer Woman's Strawberry Shortcake Cake, but then realized I didn't have any strawberries (and not enough raspberries to substitute those), and not enough cream cheese either. I love on this post how PW says she wipes clean the excess icing from her cake pedestal with a damp paper towel even when she's just serving spaghetti-o's for dinner. Today I served *gasp* hot dogs, corn on the cob, and yes I wiped away the excess icing with a damp paper towel so the cake would look all pretty and, yes, so it would be bloggable!

Anyway, I couldn't find a recipe that I had all the ingredients for so I used one I found in the Watkins catalogue and gave it my own twist! Here it is:

Zesty Orange Cake

2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder

1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup softened butter

3 eggs
1 cup milk with a tbsp of lemon juice in it (or buttermilk)

zest of one orange
1 tbsp vanilla
2 tbsp fresh squeezed orange juice

3 cups icing sugar
1/8 cup real butter, softened
1/8 cup cream cheese, softened
zest of 1 orange
1 tbsp vanilla
1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice

Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray an 8" round (3" deep) pan with Pam. Combine 2 cups flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt, set aside. Mix granulated sugar and butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each one. Add flour mixture and sour milk/buttermilk alternately to the sugar mixture. Beat in orange zest, vanilla and orange juice. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 1 hour or until tooth pick comes out clean.

Icing: combine all ingredients, beat until smooth. Cool cake completely before icing.

What is your favorite thing to bake?



  1. The zesty orange cake looks delicious. Thanks for the recipe.

  2. Oh Yum!!! That cake looks delicious!!

    Thanks for the recipe! I'm gonna have to try it out!

  3. i do that too. presentation is key even if dinner is the simplest thing :)