Saturday, September 15, 2007

As Promised- Orange cake

I did go with the recipe posted below. Essentially, yes, it is a doctored cake mix. The only problem I had with making it is that there was no such thing as an orange cake mix at the store- so I had to go with a yellow mix. I really wondered if I should add some orange extract or orange oil or something, but I went ahead without after dumping in the Jello and seeing a lovely orange cake batter. The batter itself tasted like a Dreamsicle, so I had high hopes for this cake.

Right before it came out of the oven I decided I should make a simple syrup of orange juice and sugar and drizzle that over the hot cake, so I got that going and took the cake out of the oven. I used a skewer to poke holes all over and give the syrup a place to go. I started drizzling the cake while it was in the pan, and stopped when I became concerned about the integrity of the cake- after all, it was based from cake mix. So I let it cool a bit before turning it out onto a platter. After it cooled completely, I drizzled it with a simple glaze made from orange juice and powdered sugar. I couldn't wait to dive into this cake!

The results? Meh. The orange flavor really doesn't come out. It's there- but it's very light. I've determined that the mistake I made was to bake it in a bundt pan, I should have gone with the 9x13, and then the sugar syrup drizzle would have been much more effective. Despite that, I did still manage two slices, but I'm still looking. I'll be checking out the recipes recommended previously and seeing what I can come up with. I want a cake that smacks of orange- almost like orange sherbet. Hmm. I wonder if there's a cake that uses sherbet?


Deborah said...

This onecomes from a cake mix, too - and has a lot of lemon flavorings, but surprisingly tastes very "orange-y". I made it a couple of times a few years ago, and now i want to make it again!

Anonymous said...

Its too bad you dont have orage cak emix where you live. I would suggest orange extract next time, or maybe grand marnier.

Erika W. said...

Deborah that one sounds good. I'm thinking I'd like to try and stay away from Jello in the mix, so that one wouls work great.

Anonymous- I thought I had orange extract in the cupboard, but what I had was candy extract and not the same thing at all.