5/4/13

Baking on Friday (Saturday Edition): Whole Orange Cake

It was a warm and windy day today...too windy to be outside much.  It was much more pleasant enjoying the sunshine from inside the house with the windows open and doorstops firmly wedged to avoid slamming doors.  (Kitties do not appreciate doors being blown shut.  In fact, kitties do not appreciate doors of any kind.)  I decided it was a good day to bake a cake.

The recipe for this Whole Orange Cake appeared in the March, 2013 issue of Sunset magazine.  Mike is a lover of all things orange, and so I knew right away that I wanted to give it a try.  It uses two whole oranges. Only the ends are removed, and then the oranges are cut into large chunks and processed in a food processor until they are smooth, but not pureed.  (A fine line, in my estimation.)  I sort of chopped mine up to cottage cheese (large curd) consistency.

It baked up beautifully, but didn't rise very high.  I would say this is more of a breakfast or brunch cake, rather than something you would make for dinner guests.  It'll be nice for snacking on over the weekend.  


When you cut into it, those little hunks of orange are clearly visible.  There is no hint of bitterness, as I thought there might be.  And with all those oranges, I'm thinking it has to be healthy too!  Am I right about that?  Yeah, you know I'm right.  Further, there is no sugar except for what goes into the cake batter and the glaze!  (Snicker.)
 

So, I really liked this recipe.  The glaze was a little dry, and I added a tad more orange juice to the mix than what the recipe stated.  Our dry and windy weather might be partly to blame for that.  If you'd like to try this yourself, you can find the recipe right here.  It has only a few ingredients.  I mixed it up in about 10 minutes and then it took about an hour to bake.  No fuss.

Kitties do not like having their fuzz blown around, and so this is how they spent their day.


Gracie looked up just briefly.  Do you catch that look warning me not to flash her in the face?


No sewing for me today, as I took a long nap myself.  I know.  A day without sewing for me--and no embroidery either--can be an indicator of impending apocalypse.  If you wake up tomorrow and the world has come to an end, you can blame me.

Watch this space.  My giveaway for Giveaway Day starts tomorrow:  Cinco de Mayo.  I'm celebrating my birthday.  I'll be cincuenta y nueve.  Translated into English, it means:  Too Damned Old.

15 comments from clever and witty friends:

Nanna said...

that orange cake looks yummy!pets can be funny creatures!
Helen

Colleen said...

Cake sounds yummy! Cats are adorable!!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Wow....I could sure use a slice of that. Barbara where do you find the time. By the time I finish reading blogs it's nightfall....grin.

Cath said...

yummy-yum! I am going straight over to that website to get the recipe.
Cath @ Bits 'n Bobs

Ray and Jeanne said...

Cake sounds and look yummy! I will try it soon. Sure hope you are feeling okay. Take Care. ~Jeanne

Brown Family said...

I am ready for open windows! It is either too cool or too warm! The kitties love open windows too!

THe cake looks yummy

Nan

quiltzyx said...

My mouth is watering, again. It looks very moist & delicioso! Pioneer Woman made an orange & vanilla monkey bread that put me in the mood for something orangey, now you've just made it worse. Guess I'll have to go to the store tomorrow.

Oh, and Happy Star Wars Day!

Michele said...

That looks so yummy. I'd love a nice big piece with my coffee this morning please!

I should do a post on my Harvey Wallbanger cake some day. It is also a winner.

Dana Gaffney said...

Smitty looks so comfy while Gracie looks like she's saying something very unladylike.

Lyndsey said...

That looks a yummy cake. another one to add to the list of must try.

Julianne said...

Mmmmm...that cake looks like a good one to add to my most used recipe pile...thanks Barbara!

treadlemusic said...

That recipe would really be appreciated here....DH loves oranges (eats 1 per day and has for years!). Have bookmarked it for future reference!! Thanks so much!! Hugs, D

Junebug613 said...

We had similar weather here and I had the windows all open. The boys and Lilly liked it by my three Torti girls stayed under the beds ubtil the windows were closed. Funny that the 3 orange cats seem to be of similar tastes and behaviors, as are the three tortis. :)

DeAnna S. said...

Yummy-licious! I love all things orange! Thanks for sharing.

Lynne said...

That cake looks absolutely delicious. I cannot remember the last time I baked a cake!