Florence's Orange Cake

TOTAL TIME: 2 hr 35 min
Prep: 1 hr
Inactive Prep: 1 hr 5 min
Cook: 30 min
 
YIELD: 8 servings
LEVEL: Intermediate

ingredients

  • 2 sticks butter, softened, plus more for greasing
  • 8 ounces all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 8 ounces caster sugar (superfine)
  • Finely grated zest of 1 orange
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Juice of 2 oranges, for cake, filling, and icing
    • For the orange filling
    • 1 stick plus 1 tablespoon butter, softened
    • 8 ounces icing sugar (confectioners'), sifted
    • Finely grated zest of 1 orange
    • For the orange glace icing
    • Orange juice, as needed
    • 11 ounces icing sugar (confectioners'), sifted
    • Crystallized flowers, for decorating, optional
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    Directions

    Florence is my mother-in-law Darina's aunt, and this cake is legendary at Ballymaloe. It keeps very well for a couple of weeks.
    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Brush the sides of 2 (8-inch) sandwich or cake pans or a (11-inch) springform pan with melted butter, and dust with flour. Line the base of each pan with greaseproof or parchment paper.

    Cream the 2 sticks butter in a large bowl or in an electric food mixer until soft. Gradually add the sugar, and orange zest, and continue to beat until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well between each addition. Sift the 8 ounces flour and baking powder into the mixture, and stir. Gently, stir in 1 tablespoon of the orange juice.

    Divide the mixture evenly between the 2 prepared pans, making a slight hollow in the center of each cake so that it will rise evenly without forming a peak. Bake in the oven until a skewer comes out clean when inserted into the center of the cakes, about 25 to 30 minutes. Let the cakes sit for 5 minutes, and then turn out onto a wire rack, and cool completely.

    To make the orange filling: Cream the butter until very soft, and then add the sugar and orange zest. Gradually beat in 1 tablespoon of the orange juice to create a smooth, soft mixture.

    To make the glace icing: Add enough orange juice to the sugar for a spreadable icing. If it is too soft, it will run off the cake, but if it is too stiff, it will be difficult to spread.

    When the cakes are cool, carefully slice each cake in half horizontally. If baking a single cake, slice the cake horizontally into two or three even layers. Spread the orange filling between the cake layers, and sandwich the pieces together. Using a palette knife, spread the glace icing over the top and sides, and decorate with the crystallized flowers, if using.

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    • on April 06, 2012

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      I don't make cakes very often, because my "guys" never eat them. This one is the exception. The smell of the cake baking was more than they could take. I added a teaspoon of Cointreau along with the orange zest to the batter. Oh my goodness! The smell and taste of this cake is just about addictive. Thank you for this recipe. We will be having the cake for Easter dinner.

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    • on October 21, 2011

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      My goodness Florence where ever you are. ; I just had some for breakfast. I also had some after dinner last night. And of course the first piece after it was done. I use my husband as a tester; he is not normally a cake eater but when he finished the small piece I gave him he came into the kitchen and announced that "it was the best cake I ever had made". Very very special. very very good. Alot of dishes to do, but it was worth it.

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    • on June 07, 2011

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      I made 2 cakes and put them to cool with the intent to make the filling and frosting later. When I returned to the cooled cakes, one cake had 1/4 of it missing. The culprit was my husband who, after taking a 'taste', could not help himself. He has eaten that cake by himself.

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