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

Icing
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?

-Cindy

3 comments:

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

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

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

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

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