Beat and Bake Orange Cake Recipe
This quick orange cake is delicious without the frosting. I sometimes just sprinkle icing sugar on the top. This recipe can be used to make two 8-inch cake layers or a 9x5-inch loaf. If making a loaf cake, bake for 60 minutes.
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Serviceable, ordinary cake by directions, only AWESOME with addition of spices... which is why three stars. It's a basic yellow cake recipe (compare it to Cake Mixes from Scratch on here, it's close!) with natural orange flavor and a glaze. Biggest deviation I made was NO GLAZE. It's just extra sticky sugar calories, and I just wanted a nice "snacky" orange cake. Minor(?) changes I made was substituting the 1/2c orange juice with four whole (peeled, separated and mashed) clementine oranges, and bumped up the amount of zest (I used the zest from all four clementines). All that fruit pulp (hooray for dietary fiber!) meant that I could use less oil... yay... lower fat too! Only a splash instead of a 1/2 cup. ESSENTIAL awesome-ness changes... add SPICES! I added cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and Cardamom, which a lot of folks may not have in their cabinet. (I bought my first jar a few weeks ago - it's expensive, but delicious in any fruit flavored bakery item, and pork, of all things!) Pumpkin Pie Spice mix
I found this cake to be absolutely delicious! I made a loaf cake in a loaf pan. It was absolutely great! I didn't make the icing though, as I found an even better recipe. A recipe intitled "Orange Loaf" by Carol is a recipe for a yummy orange bread AND an orange glaze. I used the glaze recipe instead of icing and it turned out amazing!:) Less fat too! The recipe is: Combine 1/2 cup orange juice with 1/4 cup sugar in a small saucepan. Heat and stir to dissolve sugar. Spoon glaze over hot cake. Let stand in pan for 10 minutes before removing cake from pan. I also garnished the top with halved orange rounds. It looked beautiful! Good luck!
I have made this cake twice now, both the times with whole wheat flour and it turned out great. I just doubled the amount of orange zest. My family loved it.