You Want to Make this Orange Cake

I made a delicious orange cake for dessert last night, and couldn’t wait to share the recipe. It was dense and buttery, but not overly sweet and had just the right amount of orange flavor.You probably have the ingredients for the cake in your house right now, so you should definitely make one tonight. Here’s what to do:

Ingredients for Cake
– 4 eggs
– 1 1/2 cups sugar
– 1/2 cup vegetable oil
– 2 cups flour
– 4 teaspoons baking powder
– 1/2 teaspoon salt
– 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
– zest from 1 large orange
– 1 teaspoon orange extract (you can substitute vanilla if you want)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9″ round cake pan and set aside.

2. Beat together eggs, sugar and vegetable oil until well blended. Add flour, baking powder and salt and continue mixing. Add the remaining ingredients – orange juice, zest and extract and mix until blended.

3. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and bake for about 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean.

Ingredients for Frosting
– 3 egg whites
– 1/2 cup water
– 1 1/2 cups sugar
– 1 teaspoon cream of tartar

1. Beat egg whites in the bowl of a stand mixer or with a hand mixer until soft peaks form.

2. Combine water, sugar, and cream of tartar in a small saucepan over high heat until boiling. Once the mixture turns clear and all the sugar is dissolved, remove from heat.

3. While the mixer is running, pour the sugar mixture into the egg whites in a steady stream. Continue mixing for 5-10 minutes, until the frosting is light and fluffy completely cooled.

For extra credit, top with candied orange slices. Cake serves 8-10 people.

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