Orange Dream Cake may not be the most glamorous cake I’ve ever made, but it was way up there on taste. Amazing, moist, sweet, rich Cake!
This cake tastes like the frozen treat Orangesicle. Only it’s cake – as in my favorite food. Heavenly, sweet, naughty cake. I asked my namesake and granddaughter, Clare, what flavor cake she wanted for her birthday and she said orange. Orange? Not chocolate? Are you sure we’re related? OK, after a pause, I was onboard with this. I haven’t made an orange cake since the 1980′s orange jello cakes. Which were yummy, but I wanted a modern approach.
A woman I sorta know, Nancy, made cakes for weddings and other special events for years. Lemon cakes, chocolate fudge cakes, raspberry glazes, all sorts of yummy. Recently I heard she has given up this business, so I asked her if she would share her secrets. She shared some of the glazes and frosting recipes, but no cake recipes. She told me she just used cake mixes – even for wedding cakes. Really! Cake mixes. But hers were so moist? She said to use the best and largest eggs. That was it? BIG EGGS! I can do that.
So I headed to the grocery store for Clare’s cake – and BIG EGGS – and discovered they now make an orange cake mix. I knew I would make my own frosting, so I took a risk on the mix and it was… delicious. I know I preach against using foods with lots of chemicals, but now and then even I have to fall off my preaching pedestal. Of course I used the “magic candles” that relight, so Clare was a bit confused after she thought she had blown them all out. But I think she still gets her wish – right?
My Orange Frosting Ingredients
1/2 stick butter – 1/4 cup
4 oz cream cheese
4 – 6 oz Orange juice concentrate (as in the kind you buy in the freezer and mix with water. But don’t add water.)
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 tsp almond extract – optional (well let’s face it, everything is optional.)
Beat the butter and cream cheese
Add the other ingredients.
If frosting is too thick, add more juice concentrate.
If frosting is too thin, add more powdered sugar. But remember, the frosting will thicken up a bit if you let it set up.
It was a huge hit. Embrace it. PS – you could also use lemon, which would be fabulous. Or make this as a two layer cake and put raspberry jam in the center.
Why is it there are endless ways to enjoy cake, but limited ways to prepare broccoli?