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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

J’s Moist Orange Cake


Long long time ago, before I got married I used to work for the most amazing boss ever… she was smart, funny, compassionate and great at her job. She also happened to be an accomplished baker who very kindly shared her luscious home made treats with us… that’s how I came across this recipe for Moist Orange Cake. Its one of those few recipes I’ve actually sought out after eating the result. This cake has got a great crumb, and has the right amount of moistness without being dense or heavy. The orange is never overpowering but delicately flavors and scents the cake, enticing and teasing you…

Try this cake… you won’t regret it.



J’s Moist Orange Cake

What You Need:
1-1/2 cups Brown Sugar
½ cup Unsalted Butter
3 Eggs
Zest of one Orange
½ cup of Orange Juice
2 cups of All Purpose Flour (Maida)
½ Teaspoon Salt
3 Teaspoons Baking Powder
½ cup Milk
¼ cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Getting Down To Business:
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees/ 180 degrees. Prepare either a tube cake pan or a loaf pan by greasing it and then dusting on flour. Be sure to shake off any excess flour. Keep aside.
Shift the flour, salt and baking powder together. Keep aside.
Beat together the sugar and the butter till combined and creamy. Add the eggs one by one. Beat well till combined. Now add in the orange zest and juice. Mix well.
If the mixture looks curdled or funky, don’t worry… all will be well!
Add in the shifted flour mixture in turns alternating with the milk. Start with the flour and end with the flour.
Beat at low speed or gently fold everything in by hand.
Add in your chopped walnuts and stir gently.
Pour the batter into your prepared pan and pop into the oven for 25 to 35 minutes till a toothpick/ knife comes out clean and the cake springs back when you touch it.
Remove from the oven and let it cool in the pan on a wire rack for ten minutes. Then gently run a knife along the edges and invert onto the wire rack. Let it cool completely. (I’ll admit I couldn’t wait that long!)


Icing: Optional as the cake is quite moist and flavorful by itself I never iced the cake but this is the icing suggested by J.

Creamy Vanilla Icing

What You Need:
1 cup Sugar
½ cup All purpose flour
1 1/3 cups Milk
1 cup Unsalted Butter, softened
1 tablespoon Vanilla Extract or 3 tablespoons of Orange Juice

Getting Down To Business:
In a sauce pan combine sugar and flour well.
Whisk in the milk and keep stirring till its smooth.
Now place the saucepan on heat and over medium high heat, keep stirring frequently and let it thicken and boil.
Reduce heat to low and sit on the stove for 2 minutes but keep stirring continuously.
Remove from heat and let it cool completely.
Separately beat the butter at medium speed till light and fluffy. Add in the cooled milk mixture and the vanilla.

Ice cake as desired.

Notes:
The original recipe calls for white sugar but I used brown sugar for an added depth of flavor.
Also the original recipe did not include the walnuts but it adds a lovely change of texture to the cake and is perfection indeed.
When grating the zest of the orange (it’s nothing but the outer skin/ rind of the orange), be careful not to go so deep that you grate the white pith too. While the zest is super aromatic and flavorful, the pith is very bitter.


30 comments:

  1. I love orange almost anything - I would love a piece right now for breakfast.

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  2. That sounds amazing! I love recipes that come from people you love--they always bring back happy memories when you eat them!

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  3. I love orange cakes, and this one with walnuts sounds divine.

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  4. Orange is one of those classic flavors that is good in any form or shape. That cake looks wonderful.

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  5. wow, wow, can I get a slice please. Enjoy it dear, lovely execution :)

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  6. Looks fantastic...I love the idea of orange with the vanilla frosting :)

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  7. how have i never heard of this?

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  8. This looks delicious. I've never had an orange cake, but really want one now!

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  9. The cake sounds wonderful. I can just imagine the flavour of the orange with a bit of whipped cream.. yum!

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  10. I love orange cakes, your cake looks delicious, thanks for the recipe!

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  11. wow .. orange cake looks incredible ...too moist

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  12. Oh my goodness - this looks divine! I'm definitely adding this to my recipe bookmarks.

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  13. Even the way you describe the cake is filled with love, which makes it sound doubly good. Thank you for passing along with wonderful memory and recipe.

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  14. That's a yummy looking orange cake!

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  15. Yummm.. I like orange cakes and I feel like they don't get made often enough!

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  16. What a great cake!!! Thank your boss for sharing!

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  17. looks so good.. and very simple recipe sure will give a try

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  18. Thats a delicious looking orange cake!

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  19. First time here , clicked from smitten kitchen.
    great blog and this orange cake is a favorite n after seeing this i just want to bake one.

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  20. cake using brown sugar and orange has got to be amazing to taste!

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  21. this just sounds incredible! YUM! Thanks for visiting my blog!!

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  22. Looks good, you can never go wrong with citrus
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  24. Thank you guys for your wonderful comments… I love reading them and answering all your questions! You are the reason I blog! :)

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  28. Hi Priya! Thank you so much for dropping by… I'm glad you like the blog.. and yes, the shoes are quite close to my heart! *grin* I am definitely checking out your blog and hopefully I'll get to participate in your event! :)

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