Sunday, March 21, 2010

Sourdough Orange Cake

As usual, this sourdough cake is moist and delicious. I have given two recipes for Orange Frosting. One recipe is a child-friendly version that uses Tang which has a koolaid taste. I prefer the adult version that tastes like fresh orange. My family likes both!

In a large bowl measure mix:
1 cup starter
1 cup orange juice
3/4 cup milk or ricemilk
1/2 cup oil

In a 4-cup measuring cup mix:
2 cups flour
1-1/4 cups sugar
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cornstarch
2 tbsp orange peel spice

Stir dry mixture into wet mixture. Mix with electric mixer until smooth. Pour into a 9x13" glass dish that has been generously greased and floured.

Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.

Frosting #1 (child-friendly)

In a small saucepan, heat just to boiling:
2 tbsp butter or margarine
2 tbsp tang or orange flavored drink mix
1/4 cup milk or ricemilk

With an electric mixer, add heated mixture to 3 cups confectioner's sugar.

If needed, add a little extra milk or sugar to get the consistency preferred.

(Note: do not skip the heating part or your frosting will taste grainy.)

Frosting #2 (adult-friendly)

2 tbsp butter or margarine
2 tbsp orange zest
3 cups confectioner's sugar
1/4 or so orange juice

With an electric mixer, mix all ingredients. Add more sugar or orange juice to get the preferred consistency.

**One note about your orange(s): Be sure to use California oranges for your zest. Florida oranges have chemicals added to make them orange instead of their natural green. California oranges are naturally orange.

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