Prep 20 mins
Cook 45 mins
This cake took the country by storm in 1950 when it won the second Pillsbury Bake-Off. Lily Wuebel of Redwood City pocketed $25,000 for her winning creation. Here it is. From Pillsbury.
- 1 orange
- 1 cup raisins
- 1⁄3 cup walnuts
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup milk
- 1⁄2 cup margarine, softened (or butter or shortening)
- 2 eggs
- 1⁄3 cup orange juice, reserved from orange used in cake
- 1⁄3 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1⁄4 cup finely chopped walnuts
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 13-by-9-inch pan.
- Squeeze orange, reserving 1/3 cup juice for topping; remove seeds. In blender container, food processor bowl with metal blade, or food mill, grind orange peel and pulp, raisins and 1/3 cup walnuts. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine flour and all remaining cake ingredients at low speed until moistened; beat 3 minutes at medium speed. Stir in orange-raisin mixture. Pour into prepared pan.
- Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Drizzle reserved 1/3 cup orange juice over warm cake in pan.
- In a small bowl, combine 1/3 cup sugar and cinnamon; mix well. Stir in 1/4 cup walnuts; sprinkle over cake. Cool 1 hour, or until completely cooled.
- Time does not include cooling time.
I have made this cake in the past and was going to post the recipe out here when I found this one. This is still a winner today. Very moist and flavorful cake. A little more effor required than some cakes, but well worth it.
I found this recipe while looking for a recipe that had been in a French text-book I had a couple years ago. This recipe seemed pretty similar from what I remember. I think this recipe was actually pretty easy compared to some orange cake recipes that I came across and I love the nuts and cinnamon "glaze" on top. I like the fact that you can put the whole orange in the food processor, you don't have to grate the orange zest separately. I made it without the raisins, I'm sure it's tasty either way!
Kiss Me Cake was our family favorite when I was a kid. I still have the recipe card that I wrote out, copying from my mom's recipes, when I was around 11. Your recipe is much easier to read, though...not all glopped up with spills and splatters. hahaha. Thank you so much for posting the recipe for this truly delicious cake.