Prep 20 mins
Cook 45 mins
Much like the Orange Kiss-Me Cake, this recipe uses an entire orange, raisins and walnuts. I like to substitute hazelnuts. Recipe can be halved for an 8" X 8" cake. Check for doneness at about 35 min. for smaller cake. I use organic oranges and wash them thoroughly.
- 2 oranges
- 1 cup raisins
- 1⁄2 cup butter, softened (do NOT use low fat margarines)
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2⁄3 cup buttermilk
- 2 cups white flour, sifted
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2⁄3 cup orange juice
- 1⁄4 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- Juice the oranges, reserving juice for topping.
- Put the orange rind, the raisins and the nuts through the medium blade of a meat grinder (or process with steel blade in food processor until a coarse grind is achieved).
- Combine butter and sugar in mixer bowl and beat together until fluffy.
- Add eggs one at a time and continue beating until completely incorporated.
- Combine salt, flour and baking soda and sift together.
- Add flour and buttermilk alternately in 3 portions, mixing on low after each addition.
- Fold in orange, raisin, nut mixture until completely combined.
- Preheat oven to 350F and grease a 9" X 13" pan or a bundt pan.
- Bake for 45 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in cake comes out clean.
- While cake is still hot, pierce all over with a fork.
- Mix orange juice, sugar and cinnamon and carefully pour mixture over cake. (This is harder on the bundt cake -- be patient).
- When cake has cooled, remove from pan.
- Refrigerate leftover cake.
FANTASTIC! I made a half recipe in an 8x8 pan. I used real butter, whole wheat flour, 1/4 cup brown sugar Splenda, golden raisins, 1/2 cup pecan chips and Splenda granular in the glaze. It turned out perfectly with all of my adjustments. Healthy, moist and perfectly sweet with a nice orange flavor and carrot cake like texture. Don't be afraid to use the whole orange..the white pith does not make it bitter. Made for PAC Spring '08.