It's time to celebrate, yes it's been 3 years since I started the blog !! I'm happy when I realize that till today I have same amount of commitment and excitement that I had when I posted my first recipe at "From My Home Kitchen". Blogging has become an important part of my life. Planning, Cooking, Styling, Clicking, Writing, Posting each activity excites me and gives me full satisfaction when I post a recipe. I have learnt so many things after I started the blog. Photography was never my thing, but now I'm totally interested in it and spend a lot of time with my camera. One other great thing is I got so many friends through this blog world, each one of them is special in a way. Everyone would say females normally do not carry their friendship after marriage. It is true with me, but now I have so many blogger friends and I love all of them !!
I thought of making something special to celebrate and decided to make the citrus filled and homey Orange Cake. This has been in my to do list for a very long time and thought this would be a perfect time to make it. The cake was super good and filled the home with the smell of orange. It tasted like the bakery cakes we used to get back in India. I was little doubtful whether the kids would like it as they always prefer chocolate cakes. But my kids loved it so much that the cake disappeared in no time. It turned out to be a perfect celebration cake !!
Preparation Time : 15 minutes
Baking Time : 50 minutes
Total Time : 65 minutes
Serves: 10 - 12
Recipe from here
Ingredients for Cake
All purpose Flour - 250 gms
Vanilla Pudding Powder - 40 gms
Granulated White Sugar - 340 gms
Baking Powder - 4 tsp
Butter - 80 gms
Orange Zest - 2 tsp
Orange Juice - 250ml
Eggs - 3 no
Ingredients for Orange Buttercream Frosting
Butter - 125 gm
Sifted Confectioners Sugar - 90 gms
Orange Zest - 1 tsp
Orange Juice - 1 tbsp
- Preheat the oven at 350 F and place the rack in the center of the oven.
- Butter or spray 9 X 2 inch round pan and line the bottom with parchment paper.
- Place the butter in room temperature and cut into small pieces.
- Sift the confectioners sugar for 2 or 3 times and keep aside.
- In large bowl sift the flour, baking powder and vanilla pudding powder.
- In another bowl add the softened butter, gradually add the sugar and beat with a hand mixer.
- Add the eggs one at a time and mix well.
- Next add the orange juice and then add the vanilla extract.
- Slowly add the liquid mixture into the flour mixture and whisk until mixture turns to a smooth mixture.
- Next with a rubber spatula fold in the orange zest.
- Transfer the batter into the prepared pan, use a spatula smooth out the top, tap 2 -3 times on the counter top to remove bubbles.
- Bake for about 45 - 50 minutes or until took pick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Place the pan on a wire rack for about 5 minutes. Remove the cakes from the pan and cool it completely before frosting.
- In a bowl using the hand mixer whisk the butter.
- Gradually add the sifted confectioner's sugar, orange juice and orange zest beat until it is smooth and reaches spreading consistency
- After the cake is cooled completely, spread the frosting on top and sides of the cake.
- Decorate with decorations of your choice.
- We normally prefer light frosting and used it only on the top of the cake.
- Do not directly scoop the flour using the measuring cup. Too much flour would make the cake denser.