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Orange Cake

on April 18, 2014

Today’s recipe is one that feels like springtime and sunshine.

We need a little springtime after getting MORE snow yesterday.

One of our neighbors has been good enough to use his snowblower on our driveway a few times this winter.

We REALLY appreciate him doing that!!!

To thank he and his wife, I made this Orange Cake in a bundt pan, didn’t add raisins, and then in addition to the orange/sugar glaze, I put on some powdered sugar frosting made with orange juice.

When making the recipe for this post, I made it following the recipe card.

I don’t remember Grandma making this one, but it seems like a good springtime recipe.

Orange Cake

Orange Cake 2

It’s a taste of sunshine in your mouth!

Here is the recipe as I made it:

Orange Cake

Remove rind from 1 orange and set aside.

Mix juice of orange and 1/2 cup white sugar together and let stand while cake is baked.

1 cup white sugar

1 cup butter

2 eggs, separated

3/4 cup sour milk (I add about a teaspoon of vinegar to the milk to sour it)

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

2 cups all purpose flour

1 cup raisins or dates

1 teaspoon lemon extract

Cream sugar and butter, add egg yolks, sour milk, baking soda, baking powder, and flour.

Mix in raisins or dates, chopped and mixed with rind from the orange.

Add lemon extract.

Fold in beaten egg whites.

Spread batter in 9″ x 13″ pan.

Bake at 350 degrees 40 to 50 minutes.

While cake is still hot, pour the orange juice/sugar syrup over it.

Serve with whipped cream.


Before baking, you can see the raisins and flecks of orange rind in the batter.


It comes our golden brown.

I used a toothpick to poke holes into the cake before pouring the orange juice/sugar syrup on top.


Winter will be over soon and there will be warm and sunny days ahead, I just know it!


Until then, you can make do with this – sunshine in your mouth!







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