Orange Sunshine Cake

READY IN: 1hr 30mins




  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Grease three 9 inch round cake pans and line bottom with wax paper cut to fit bottom of pan.
  • In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder and salt.
  • In the large bowl of an electric mixer, beat 1 cup butter and 2 cups sugar at medium speed until creamy.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Beat in flour mixture alternately with 3/4 cups orange juice, beating well after each addition.
  • Beat in orange peel.
  • Pour batter evenly into prepared pans.
  • Bake in a 350 degree oven 25 to 30 minutes or until cake tester inserted in center of cakes comes out clean.
  • Remove pans from oven and loosen cakes around edges with a small metal spatula.
  • Turn cakes out onto wire racks; peel off and discard wax paper.
  • Turn cakes, right-side up, and prick all over with a wooden pick.
  • In a small saucepan, melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter, 1/3 cup sugar and 1/4 cup orange juice.
  • Cook, stirring until sugar dissolves.
  • Spoon slowly over warm cakes, letting syrup soak in.
  • Let cakes cook completely.
  • To make the filling, in a small saucepan, mix 1/3 cup sugar and gelatin.
  • Add orange juice.
  • Stir over low heat until gelatin dissolves.
  • Add butter, stir until butter melts.
  • In a small bowl, beat egg yolks; stir in orange mixture; then return mixture to saucepan.
  • Cook over low heat 3 to 5 minutes, stirring until thickened.
  • Cool to room temperature.
  • Beat egg whites with remaining 2 tablespoons sugar until stiff; fold into cooled orange mixture.
  • Refrigerate until very thick but still spreadable, about 10 minutes.
  • Do not chill too long or mixture will set.
  • Use to fill Orange Sunshine Cake.
  • To make the frosting: in the top of a double boiler, mix egg whites, sugar, corn syrup, water and cream of tartar.
  • Beat with an electric mixer or rotary beater over boiling water 7 minutes or until very stiff and glossy.
  • Remove from heat; beat in vanilla.
  • Use to frost Orange Sunshine Cake.
  • To assemble the cake: place one cake layer on cake plate, spread with half the Orange Filling.
  • Top with second cake layer, spread with Frosting.
  • Top with remaining cake layer and spread with remaining Orange Filling.
  • Frost sides of cake with remaining Frosting.
  • Garnish with slivered orange peel, if desired.