Sunday, January 25, 2009

Orange Cake

This weekend, like many before it, I decided to stay in for Shabbat. When people stay in we find meals out by friends or I host myself. Friday night was at my close friend S and lunch I hosted. Dinner was lovely-- met some nice people and just enjoyed the sense of friendship and good conversation. I made Challah and dessert for both meals.. But more on that in other posts. Dessert for Friday night was easy. A simple, light, perfect to go with tea, cake that I had in mind to make for awhile. Orange cake. Perfect as I have a lovely bottle of Neilsen-Massey orange extract to use. This cake was delicious!! I actually think I ate half the cake myself. Maybe that's just because I'm off sugar during the week and I'm compensating?? Anyway, all I know was that it was texturally and flavorally spot on.

Orange Cake
2 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
4 eggs
3/4 cup oil
3/4 cup orange juice
1 tbsp orange extract
orange zest

Preheat the oven to 350. Thoroughly grease a bundt pan. Combine dry ingredients in a bowl. In a separate bowl, stir the liquid ingredients well. Pour on top of the dry ingredients and stir well to combine. Pour into the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Let cool well before turning out onto a rack. To make the glaze, just throw together some powdered sugar, orange extract and orange juice to make a glaze of drizzling consistency.

Happy eating!

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