delightful orange cake

ORANGE CAKE RECIPE

A moist and fragrant orange cake that’s perfect for any occasion. This cake is bursting with fresh orange flavor, making it a refreshing treat!

Ingredients

For the Cake:

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Zest of 2 oranges
  • ½ cup fresh orange juice
  • ½ cup milk

For the Orange Glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons fresh orange juice

Instructions

For the Cake:

  1. Preheat the Oven:
  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour a 9-inch round cake pan or line it with parchment paper.
  1. Prepare Dry Ingredients:
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  1. Cream Butter and Sugar:
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat the softened butter and granulated sugar together until light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes.
  1. Add Eggs and Vanilla:
  • Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla extract and orange zest.
  1. Combine Wet and Dry Ingredients:
  • Gradually add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, alternating with the orange juice and milk. Begin and end with the flour mixture, mixing just until combined.
  1. Bake the Cake:
  • Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and smooth the top. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  1. Cool the Cake:
  • Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn it out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

For the Orange Glaze:

  1. Prepare the Glaze:
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar and 2-3 tablespoons of fresh orange juice until smooth. The glaze should be thick but pourable. Add more orange juice if needed to achieve the desired consistency.
  1. Glaze the Cake:
  • Once the cake is completely cool, drizzle the orange glaze over the top, allowing it to drip down the sides. Let the glaze set for a few minutes before serving.

Serving Suggestions:

  • Serve the cake as is or with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
  • Garnish with thin slices of orange or a sprinkle of orange zest for an extra touch.

Enjoy your delicious homemade orange cake!

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