Sunday, April 14, 2013

Oranges from neighbors

Someone gave me a beautiful bag of just picked oranges, so me being myself; I made a cake with them.
Here's the recipe:
1 basic yellow cake recipe, zest and juice of 6 medium oranges.
Proceed with recipe using the juice of oranges instead of liquid recipe suggests.
Mix batter gently until ingredients are incorporated, then beat 2 mins with a hand mixer.
Pour into two oiled and floured 8 inch round cake pans. Set temp to 325 and bake for 15 mins then
Rotate and bake 15 more mins. Cool for 15 mins. Turn out on rack to cool.
Orange syrup:
1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup fresh orange juice. Bring to a boil and stir on low to completely
dissolve sugar. Using pastry brush, paint layers with orange syrup. Let cool entirely.
1/2 stick of unsalted butter, 1/2 stick of shortening, 1/4 cup of fresh orange juice,
1/ 8 cup of triple sec ( orange liquer). 5 cups confection sugar. Stir until all ingredients begin to
Hold together. Beat on med speed until fluffy about 2 mins then add zest of two oranges
And beat for another min.
Frost bottom layer with about 1/2 cup of frosting then frost with the rest of cake.

I love fresh citrus. While we are waiting for our new trees to produce our
country neighbors are gracious and share oranges with us.
I will certainly share the fresh mulberry jelly I am making in a few weeks. I love to trade!