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Mar 9, 2010 02:13 PM

Orange Cake

Years ago, I was served a homemade orange cake made with fresh oranges (navel probably, not mandarin). (I suspect it came from a magazine)

I have never been able to find a recipe. Can anyone help?

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  1. I don't know if this is what you were served, but it's very good:

    1. There's a classic Jewish orange sponge cake that involves boiling a whole orange and then pureeing it. As I recall, it contains the pureed orange, some flour, an egg or two, and lots of sugar. Is that the sort of thing you are talking about? I think I gave the cookbook away that contained the recipe, but I may be able to retrieve it if that is what you are looking for.

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      1. re: Father Kitchen

        A search here for Claudia Roden should reveal it.

          1. re: Stuffed Monkey

            she uses clementines.

            long and heated thread on here about that cake, which i quite like.

      2. There is a classic recipe called Aunt Nettie's Orange cake that involves using an entire navel orange. You don't even boil it. You just chop it and then puree in a food processor. It's available on many websites; here's one:
        It's delicious and easy to make.

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        1. re: masha

          Thanks to everyone who replied - I have made the recipe, or a similar one, to the cake you suggest and it is good but the one I am looking for had actual chunks of the fresh orange (no rind) in it.

        2. I found the Jewish orange cake, but before paraphrasing the recipe, I checked on line by Googling "Jewish Orange Almond Cake." Bingo. Try
          This cake is flourless.
          My recipe calls for pricking one valencia or navelina orange and then pureeing it after boiling it, taking out the pips first. This one calls for two oranges. Otherwise it is much the same. It is a Sephardic recipe from North Africa: very sweet but very good.

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          1. re: Father Kitchen

            Thank you-

            I am going to try this recipe although the one I was looking for did not puree the oranges - chunks of orange were baked in a flour batter. I have never seen a similar recipe and I lost touch with the person who baked it .

          2. Orange Dream Cake from Taste of Home 10 to 12 servings

            2/3 cup butter, softened
            1 + 1/3 cups sugar
            2/3 cup fresh orange juice
            3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
            1 teaspoon grated orange peel
            1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
            2 eggs
            2 cups cake flour
            2 teaspoons baking powder
            1 teaspoon salt

            1 cup flaked coconut
            ¼ cup sugar
            2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
            1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
            4 teaspoons grated orange peel, divided
            1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped
            In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in juices and peel until well blended (mixture may appear curdled). Combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Gradually add to creamed mixture until well blended.
            Pour into two greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 375° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
            For frosting, in a small bowl, combine the coconut, sugar, juices and 3 teaspoons peel. Let stand for 10-15 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Fold in whipped cream. Spread between cake layers and over the top. Sprinkle with remaining orange peel. Chill for at least 1 hour. Store in the refrigerator.

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            1. re: Lisbet


              This looks wonderful and I am going to try it. I will experiment too with some chunks of membrane-free fresh orange in addition to the peel and the juice.

              If that doesn't work, I can always revert back to the recipe as written.

              Thank you.

              1. re: Lisbet

                Tried your cake last week and it was delicious!!! I didn't use your frosting recipe. I just used an orange glaze and it was a big hit!