Wednesday, February 23, 2011

grandma's orange cake

a few weeks ago my family had a birthday party for my grandfather's 85th birthday.  my uncle hosted the party and as usual, i was in charge of dessert.  his email to me went like this:
O.K. you are my go to person for desert. There is a cake Grandma use to make. It is an Orange Glazed cake and it is awesome. Your job is to call Grandma and get the recipe and make it. As I recall it is a sheet cake with a glazed topping and you stick holes in it and pour O.J.
so here's what i ended up with:

start with a box of yellow cake mix and a box of instant vanilla pudding
add 1 cup cold orange juice...

1/2 cup vegetable oil...

4 eggs...

and 1 tsp orange zest
beat on medium speed for approx. 2 min
pour into a greased 9x13 in glass baking dish
bake at 350 for 30-35 min
add 1/2 cup butter, 3/4 cup white sugar, 3/4 cup orange juice, and 1 tsp orange zest
to a saucepan and set over medium-high heat
stir gently as it melts
bring to a boil for 2 minutes
when the cake is still warm out of the oven, poke holes in it with a fork
slowly and evenly pour the liquid mixture over the cake
after the cake is completely cooled,
add some powdered sugar, orange juice, and orange zest to a small bowl
stir with a small whisk...
allow to sit and stiffen up for about 3 min
slowly pour over the cooled cake
use a spatula to gently spread the glaze (if needed)
take a moment to admire that beauty.
...but don't let any of your drool land on the cake.
and naturally, reward yourself by digging in.

grandma's orange cake.

zest of 2 oranges, divided into 3 teaspoons (1 tsp for each step)*

1 box (18.25 oz) yellow cake mix
1 pkg (3.4 oz) instant vanilla pudding mix
4 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup cold orange juice
*1 tsp orange zest

1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup orange juice
*1 tsp orange zest

1/2 cup + 2 tbsp powdered sugar
4 tsp orange juice
*1 tsp orange zest

-preheat oven to 350.  lightly grease and flour (or use baking spray) a 9x13 inch baking dish.  add cake ingredients to a large bowl and beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.  pour into prepared dish and bake for 30-35 min.
-combine syrup ingredients in a saucepan.  stir mixture as it melts, and boil undisturbed for 2 minutes.
-while the cake is still warm, poke holes in the top of it with a fork.  pour syrup slowly and evenly over the cake.  allow to cool completely.
-when the cake is completely cool, stir glaze ingredients in a small bowl and allow to stiffen for 3-4 minutes.  pour evenly over cake.  if needed, use a rubber spatula to spread over any empty spaces.
-can be served immediately or stored at room temperature for 2-3 days.

this is probably the best cake. ever.

go forth!

p.s. also works great to bribe the front desk guy at the gym into letting me in for free.


  1. girl, power to you for taking all those pictures while you're doing all that baking! my hands are always a mess and i'm too impatient to wait for a pretty picture! your photo's always look so nice! and this cake looks AMAZING. xox-andrea

  2. I totally feel like a stalker, but I LOVE your blog. Steph shared it with me one day and I loved it. I needed a recipe this weekend for my family's Father's Day gathering so I made this orange cake. It was a such a hit that I made it the next day to bring to my Father-in-law's celebration! Again a success. Also goes great as breakfast with a cup of coffee. You heard me, three days in a row and I wasn't even tired of it :)