whole orange cake recipe
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Serves: 12
Although the post describes and shows photos of the use of the whole oranges, as does the TITLE, I'm going to clarify exactly what "whole orange" means in the recipe. Because apparently not clear for some.
  • Cooking-oil spray or butter, for pan
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1¼ cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 UNPEELED oranges (about 1 pound total), ends trimmed, then cut into chunks and seeded -- I recommend a thinly-pithed variety, like Valencia. Because you are using the whole orange. As in, the whole thing. As in, the peels and everything.*
  • 2½ cups flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 tsp. orange juice (Don't use the juice from the oranges you just chopped up. The juice is SEPARATE. Get different juice. Concentrated juice is good.)
  • SPECIAL EQUIPMENT: 10-cup Bundt pan (I used a swirl Bundt)
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Coat a 10-cup Bundt pan with cooking-oil spray or butter. In a large bowl with a mixer on medium speed, beat butter and granulated sugar until fluffy. Beat in eggs.
  2. Whirl orange chunks in a food processor until mostly smooth but not puréed. Add 1½ cups orange mixture to batter and beat until blended. Add flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder to bowl and beat until smooth. Spread batter in prepared pan.
  3. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with only a few crumbs clinging to it, about 55 minutes. Cool pan on a rack 10 minutes, then invert cake onto rack and let cool completely.
  4. Whisk together powdered sugar and orange juice in a small bowl. Drizzle over cooled cake. Let glaze set, then slice cake. This cake keeps well on the countertop, wrapped in plastic, for 2-3 days. It remains moist and flavors meld and deepen in time.
* If you are cautious about the pith making the cake too bitter, then use a vegetable peeler to peel the orange first, SAVE THE PEELS, then de-pith the orange somewhat. Chopped up the juicy bits, add to the food processor with the peels and pulse.
Recipe by story of a kitchen at https://www.storyofakitchen.com/dessert-recipes/whole-orange-cake-recipe/