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?
Posted by Erika W.