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Very Simple Orange Cake

A super simple to make cake that tastes great even without frosting.

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Very Simple Orange Cake

by zirbirt

I love cake, but I'm not all that into chocolate desserts. I actually really like fruity desserts, like pie and cobblers. My wife on the other hand, isn't a fan of pies or cakes, but loves very chocolate desserts, and cookies. This usually kinda sucks, because if it's a dessert I will get excited about, she usually will just tolerate it, and if it's a dessert she is excited about, I usually just tolerate it. So, my goal in life is to find cakes that I love, and she actually loves as well.

So far, after all these years, I have succeeded in finding that perfect cake balance twice. Once with my lemon cake, and again with my orange cake. The lemon cake takes a little more work, but the orange cake, that is effortless.

I like to just be as lazy as possible when making this cake, so no mixer, just a whisk.. heck I even bring a chair into the kitchen so I can kick back with my feet up while making it... Ok maybe not that lazy.

This recipe makes enough for 2 8-inch pans or 1 Bundt. Pretty much the same amount you would get out of a regular box of cake mix.

Orange Cake:
2 Cups All Purpose Flour
1/2 tsp Salt
3 tsp Baking Powder
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 orange (juice and zest) + enough OJ to make 1/2 cup total juice
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 Eggs

I start by preheating my oven to 350 degrees.

I prepare my Bundt pan by spraying it with cooking spray, then adding 1/4 cup flour to it. I then cover it with Saran Wrap.. and shake like crazy. Then remove the saran wrap, and dump out and floating flour.

I grab my large bowl and add my flour, salt and baking powder. With my whisk I stir all that together (easier than sifting).

Next up, I add my sugar, milk, orange juice, zest, oil and eggs to my small bowl.

I whisk this until it is fully combined.

I then just pour the liquid mixture into the flour mixture and stir it up until it is smooth.

This gets poured directly into my Bundt and set into my oven for about 35 minutes.

It will brown on top and properly spring back when done.

To top it, you can use frosting, or glaze, or even just powdered sugar. Personally, I like to take 1/2 cup of OJ, and 1 cup of powdered sugar and make a quick wet glaze and pour it right over it.

That's all there is to it. I told you it was a simple cake ;-)

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