Recipe by Montana Heart Song
I love cakes that are simple to make.Less than $2.00 to make a medium sized bundt cake. I did not buy any cake mix when the kids were small. That was a luxury I could not afford. I used to use tang (a dry drink mix) mixed with water to make the juice. There is a ready supply of fresh oranges at any grocery store.Amazing isn't it to have almost any vegetable or fruit at your fingertips when you walk into a large grocery chain.This century is wonderful! Of course I used to use a coal and wood stove when power was out and I still have it for emergencies!If you want to use this cake for Christmas I have included optional ingredients.I use a bundt pan because there are no arguments about which piece is larger.(I bet that sounds familiar.)
Top Review by evewitch
I wasn't as happy with this as I had hoped. It stuck to the pan really badly. (I have a nonstick bundt pan, and I did spray it. Maybe Baker's Joy would have been better.) It was really easy to do, and was moist. It had a good flavor, but seemed a bit "waxy." I'm not sure if that is really the word I am looking for. It could have been that I am not used to shortening - I guess I don't like it. I didn't use any walnuts or maraschinos, but I did use the nutmeg. I used a glaze-ish frosting on this.
- 2 1⁄4 cups flour
- 1 1⁄2 cups sugar
- 2 1⁄2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 large orange, juice of, halved
- 1⁄2 cup Crisco shortening
- 1⁄2 oranges, zest of or 1⁄2 teaspoon dried orange zest
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 large banana, peeled, sliced very thin
- 1⁄2 cup chopped walnuts (optional) or 1⁄2 cup pecans (optional)
- 1⁄4 cup maraschino cherry, drained, chopped fine (optional)
- 1⁄4 teaspoon nutmeg
- Pam cooking spray
Directions See How It's Made
- Preheat oven 350*.
- Spray pam in a bundt pan.
- In large mixing bowl add flour, sugar, baking powder, and soda. (Mix nutmeg if you want to use now) Mix well.
- Add shortening. Cut in with a rocker or fork until it is mixed.
- Use a zest knife and get the rind off of one half of orange and add.
- Juice the orange. Add milk to make 1 cup.
- It is ok if the pulp gets used. In fact I use most of the pulp, pulse it in a blender until it is broken a little.
- Add to flour mixture.
- Use a mixer to blend on low speed.
- Add eggs and mix again.
- Add sliced banana and stir in with a spoon.
- Pour into bundt pan.
- If you use nuts and cherries, pour a little batter in the pan, then spread nuts and cherries, then the batter again.
- Bake. 45 to 50 minutes When the top springs back when touched and sides start to shrink away from the pan, it is done.
- Take out of oven and let set 15 minutes before inverting on plate. Serve plain or any glaze or frosting.