Old fashioned orange cake

6 servings
15 min
45 min
Very Easy


Number of serving: 6
1-5/8 cups sifted cake flour

1 cup sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup soft shortening

1/3 cup water

1/3 cup orange juice

2 large eggs

Rich Orange Filling:

1 cup sugar

3 Tablespoons cornstarch

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup orange juice

2 Tablespoons orange zest

1-1/2 Tablespoons lemon juice

3 egg yolks, slightly beaten

2 Tablespoons unsalted butter

Comfort Frosting:

1-1/2 cups sugar

6 Tablespoons water

1-1/2 Tablespoon white corn syrup

2 large egg whites ( 1/4 cup )

1/4 teaspoon orange extract


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour two 8" round pans.
  • Sift together cake flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add shortening.
  • Mix the water and orange juice. Pour in half the liquid and beat for 2 minutes.
  • Add remaining liquid and eggs and beat for 2 more minutes. Pour into prepared pans.
  • Bake for 28-35 minutes until the cake springs back in the middle.
  • Cool. Torte the layers and fill with Rich Orange Filling.
  • Spread top and sides with Comfort Frosting.
  • Rich Orange Filling:
    Mix together the first 6 ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a rolling boil and boil one minute, stirring constantly. Whisk in egg yolks and cook one minute more. Stir in butter. Chill before using.
  • Comfort Frosting:
    Mix sugar, water, and corn syrup in a saucepan. Boil slowly, without stirring until syrup spins a 6-8" thread (242degrees). Keep saucepan covered for the first 3 minutes to keep crystals from forming on sides of pan. While syrup is cooking, beat egg whites with an electric mixer until stiff enough to hold to a point. With mixer beating, pour hot syrup very slowly in a thin stream into stiffly beaten egg whites. Add orange extract. Continue to beat until frosting holds its shape. Spread on top and sides of cake.


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