This cake is baked in a bundt pan and is especially good if you use fresh orange juice in the glaze. Original recipe from the San Francisco Chronicle
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt. Stir raisins and nuts into the dry ingredients and set aside. In a mixing bowl, cream the shortening and blend in 1 cup of the sugar.
- Beat the eggs and add to the creamed mixture. Add vanilla and orange zest and mix well.
- Add the flour mixture in thirds, alternating with 1/2 cup buttermilk, and mix until well blended. Pour batter into a greased 9-inch square pan and bake for 40 minutes.
- While the cake is baking, combine the orange juice with the remaining cup of sugar.
- Spread tthis glaze over the top of the hot cake and immediately return it to the oven for about 10 minutes, until the glaze bubbles and the cake tests done when you insert a toothpick or wooden skewer near the center.
- Let the cake cool in the pan before turning it out onto a serving plate.The glaze may be sticky so run a dull knife around the edges of the cake before coaxing it out of the pan.
This is really an OUTSTANDING cake! I made it today for company tonight, and changed things a little! Because of the picture--& that in the intro you say the cake is baked in a bundt pan--I did just that, & during the baking found that I wouldn't be able to spread the glaze over the hot cake & continue baking. So, near the end of the baking of the cake, I made the glaze. When the cake was taken out of the oven, I poked holes in the top & brushed the sides & top of the hot cake several times with the hot glaze. And, although it turned out great, I want to make it again & follow the steps indicated, just to see what the difference might be! Many thanks for posting this recipe!
What else could I expect?...but another ter"ruff"ic dessert from cookiedog! This is a REALLY good cake...I especially like the icing...soooo yummmy! I used golden raisins, pecans and a fresh orange. The cake is so soft and sweet and flavorful. It was easy to make too. Thank you for another keeper recipe cookiedog! Made for Holiday Tag.