Orange Cake with Orange Butter Frosting
I wanted to make a special dessert for Mother’s Day weekend. I was looking through my recipes and spotted this little booklet – The Metropolitan Cook Book.
I don’t know where I picked up this little gem, but it was published in 1953 by Metropolitan Life Insurance Company to give to policy holders as a gift. It’s full of cartoon food characters and retro recipes. I found an orange cake recipe that sounded simple and fresh so I decided to give it a try. I ended up making a few adjustments to the recipe.
adapted from the Metropolitan Cook Book 1953
2 1/4 cups cake flour
3 teaspoons of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
1 egg, beaten
3/4 cup orange juice
1 teaspoon grated orange rind
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 350*. Grease and flour two 8″ round cake pans.
In a medium bowl, sift together cake flour, baking powder and salt and set aside.
In a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Add beaten egg and mix thoroughly.
Add sifted dry ingredients alternately with orange juice, beating thoroughly.
Mix in vanilla and orange rind.
Divide evenly between two cake pans.
Bake for 20 minutes.
Cool for 15 minutes in pans and then remove from pans to a wire rack and cool completely.
Orange Butter Frosting
6 Tablespoons of butter, softened
4 cups of confectioners’ sugar
1/4 cup of fresh squeezed orange juice
2 teaspoons grated orange rind
1 teaspoon vanilla
Beat together butter and 2 cups of confectioners’ sugar.
Add orange juice, vanilla and orange rind and mix thoroughly.
Gradually beat in remaining confectioners’ sugar.
If necessary you can adjust frosting to spreading consistency by adding sugar or orange juice.
Arrange one cake layer on a serving plate. Spread top with Orange Butter Frosting. Arrange second cake on top and frost top and sides of cake. Garnish with orange rind.
I just want to take this moments to thank you for all the sweet comments I have received. Each one means so much to me.
Whether you are a mother, have a special mom, or are missing your mom, I hope you have a wonderful and special Mother’s Day weekend.