Elegant Orange Cake
Rich orange cake with California raisins and walnuts topped with creamy orange icing.
- 3 1/2 cups sifted cake flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup butter or margarine
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 4 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
- 2 teaspoons orange extract
- 1 cup California raisins, finely chopped
- 1 cup walnuts, finely chopped
- 1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
- 4 cups (1 pound) powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- Grated orange peel (optional)
Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans. Sift together cake flour, soda and salt; set aside. Cream butter, shortening and sugar. Gradually beat in eggs and buttermilk alternately with the sifted dry ingredients. Add orange extract. Blend until smooth. Add raisins and walnuts to the mixture. Divide batter into prepared pans. Bake at 350°F for 30 to 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool 5 minutes in pans. Turn out on wire racks to finish cooling.
Beat all ingredients together until smooth and creamy. Stir in additional orange juice as needed for spreading. Spread between layers and frost tops and sides of cake with Orange Frosting. Garnish with grated orange peel, if desired.
Nutrition Facts Per Serving
Calories 670 (38% from fat); Total Fat 29g (sat 11g, mono 10g, poly 7g, trans 1g ); Cholesterol 100mg; Protein 8g; Carbohydrate 98g; (Dietary Fiber 2g; Sugars 73g; ); Iron 3mg; Sodium 490mg; Calcium 62mg; Potassium 265mg
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