Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Recipe #93: Old Fashioned Orange Layer Cake, X3...

If you were to ask me to choose between chocolate and orange, I would choose chocolate hands down.  That said, I haven't made an orange cake for about 30 years, and for some reason, it suddenly came to mind.  It sounded so refreshing that I got up from my chair, went to the store, got the few ingredients that I needed, and voila, put it together.  The "X3" comes about as there is fresh orange juice, orange zest and orange extract in the cake.  I absolutely LOVE this cake...it's not super heavy, but has such depth of flavor and is so refreshing, I could make again right now...now, let's bake...

3 cups cake flour                                                      3/4 tsp salt
3 tsp baking powder                                                rind of one orange, grated
2 tsp orange extract                                                 2 eggs and 3 egg yolks
1/2 cup orange juice                                                3/4 cup milk (I used 2%)

In a large bowl sift together the flour, baking powder and salt.  In a mixer, cream the butter and sugar.  Add the grated orange rind and incorporate into the butter/sugar mixture.  Beat in the 2 eggs, one at a time, then the yolks.  In a large measuring cup, mix the orange juice, milk and orange extract.  Add the flour mixture in 3 parts to the butter mixture, alternately with the liquid.  Stir the batter after each addition until smooth.   Grease and flour two 9" cake pans.   Pour batter into the pans, and bake in a 350 oven for about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into cake comes out clean.  Cook for 10 minutes, then invert onto cooling racks.   Bon appetit!


1 stick butter, softened                                        1 lb  box powdered sugar
2 tbsp orange juice                                               2-3 tbsp grated orange rind
1/8 tsp salt                                                             1/2 tsp orange extract

In a mixer, beat butter, salt and powdered sugar until fluffy.  Add orange juice, peel and extract, blending thoroughly. 


look at the orange bits in the frosting...

look at all the orange bits in the cake


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