Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Orange Cake

Hi and Welcome to Red Couch Recipes! 

Welcome also to Jenny Matlock's Alphabe-Thursday where the letter of the week is "O" for Orange Cake.  I hope you are enjoying citrus fruit which is at its peak right now.  My husband and I are always in search of good oranges or mandarins.   When we used to live in Northern California we would visit a farmer and buy an embarassing amount of  satsumas, also known as seedless mandarins.   Made with oranges or mandarins this cake is a bright and fresh cake to make on a wintry day.  Use freshly squeezed orange juice or a good quality packaged orange juice, such as Tropicana.

I used the Nordicware Cupcake pan, but a normal Bundt pan will also work well.  This recipe is from the Silver Palate Cookbook.

Cake Recipe
8 tablespoons butter (1 stick), softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs, separated
Grated zest of two oranges
1 -1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup fresh orange juice

Glaze Recipe
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
1/4 cup granulated sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a Nordic Ware Cupcake pan or 10-inch Bundt pan -- I always use Baker's Joy when making cakes.  Cream the butter and gradually add the sugar, beating until light.  Beat in egg yolks, one at a time, and the orange zest.  Mix the flour with baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Add dry ingredients alternately with the orange juice to the batter.  Beat the egg whites until stiff and fold them into the batter.  Pour batter into the prepared pan (s).  Bake cupcake pan for 10-12 minutes and 10-inch Bundct pan for 30 to 35 minutes, or until sides of cake shrink away from the edges of the pan and a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean. 

Cool cupcake pan for 5 minutes and 10-inch Bundt pan for 10 minutes, unmold on a rack,and drizzle with Orange Glaze while warm.  To make Orange Glaze, combine orange juice and sugar in a small saucepan, and simmer gently for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until a light syrup forms.  I did double the glaze recipe when I baked the cake in the cupcake pans.

Enjoy some CITRUS fruit this week!

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Tasty Tuesday


Julie Harward said...

I have the little cupcake size bundts and I am going to make this...sounds just wonderful tome :D

Jacqueline said...

Oh, this is the way to take your vitamin C!!
These look great. We are into the Cuties these days, they are so good. I am going to have to try these cute little cakes, I even have the fun Nordicware pan.

Lisa said...

I love the cute little size of your bundt cakes and orange is such a delicious flavor for them. Plus, with double the glaze, well, you wouldn't be able to stop me from eating it. By the way, I'll be holding a new linky on my blog this week Saturday called "Sweets for a Saturday" and I'd love it if you would come by then and link these up.

Tiffanee said...

The are adorable and delicious looking. I cannot wait to try it out!!

Amy said...

These looks lovely and delicious!

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Lynn said...

I love orange, they sound very tasty:@)

La said...

Hi Joni!

It's good to hear from you. I was beginning to worry you were ill.

These cakes look very moist and delicious.

Have a great day! La

Marigene said...

Joni, orange is my favorite flavor in baked goods, even more than chocolate! I am always up to trying a new recipe...thanks!

Anonymous said...

aww, these are so cute and I bet they are delicious!! anne

Entertaining Women said...

Thank you for the wonderful recipe and for stopping my post. Cherry Kay

Teresa said...

That looks so yummy!

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

Lovely recipe....

I could use a little sweet thing tonight!

Wonder where my bundt pan is???

Anonymous said...

These look yummy! I love cakes with orange juice.

Mary said...

Love your little orange cakes, what a perfect size... I can pretend they're good for me too with the citrus since it's cold & flu season:-)

Brenda said...


Dianne said...

I love anything citrus and this sounds wonderful. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

EG CameraGirl said...

This sounds soooo yummy! How generous of you to share the recipe!

Susan Anderson said...

Looks delish!


Judie said...

I have made orange cake, but unfortunately I am off sweets for a while, at least. Excuse me while I wipe away a little drool from my lips!

Beth said...

Those sound good, and your photos are well done. I love the view from your red couch! The Jiffy Pop snowmen are adorable as well.
Hugs and blessings, Beth

Unknown said...

I'm always game for trying new recipes. Especially ones that involve cake! :) Thanks for the recipe! I'm going to have to try baking this.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

My, my these look wonderful! I am most certainly in the mode for some citrus served this way ;)

mub said...

Oh yum! Your little cake forms make such cute cakes... I think my normal cupcake mold wouldn't do the recipe justice ;)

Jenny said...

What a scrumptious sounding recipe. I'm wondering what a dark chocolate drizzle might taste like with it?

Another outstanding link to Alphabe-Thursday!

I am so enjoying you cooking your way through the Alphabet!