Cara Cara Orange Cake with Orange Cream Cheese Icing

Cara Cara Orange Cake

Cara Cara Orange Cake Spring PiperCooks Use Cara Cara Oranges in this spring layer cake with fresh orange juice, orange zest and Orange Cream Cheese Icing.

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Happy First Day of Spring!  I think we should all celebrate by making this Cara Cara Orange Cake with some Orange Cream Cheese Icing.  I mean, it’s FINALLY spring.  I need some major citrus.  And a pretty cake never hurts.

In the photos, you’ll see one 8-inch round layer.  That’s because I used the other half of the batter in my Ikea Horse Cake tin.  Big mistake.  I mean, it was a cute cake. It tasted just as good, but it’s REALLY hard to photograph a horse cake.  Anyway, you can make yours however you like.  But a two layer 8-inch round one would be perfect.

 

Cara Cara Orange Cake Spring PiperCooks Use Cara Cara Oranges in this spring layer cake with fresh orange juice, orange zest and Orange Cream Cheese Icing.

My icing recipe makes more than this needs also, but I just spread some on a chocolate banana sheet cake to use up the rest. I guess I’m on a cake kick.  Sometimes it’s kale and cauliflower, sometimes it’s cake.

I hope you love this cake.  It uses sweet Cara Cara oranges, which we LOVE and we always pick up a bag when Costco has them. Also worth noting, I’ve only put 2 cups or so of powdered sugar in the icing recipe.  Most recipes usually have a lot more powdered sugar than that.  I’m not big into sweets (surprising, with all the cake I’ve been making), and I really like that this icing is kind of sweet, but really tastes like cream cheese and orange.  Anyway, while you’re making yours, go ahead and taste it after 2 cups of icing sugar is added, and then decide if you want more.

Enjoy!Cara Cara Orange Cake Spring PiperCooks Use Cara Cara Oranges in this spring layer cake with fresh orange juice, orange zest and Orange Cream Cheese Icing.

 

 

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Cara Cara Orange Cake
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

Orange layer cake with Cara Cara orange juice and zest. With Orange Cream Cheese Icing.

Course: Dessert
Servings: 2 8-inch layers
Ingredients
Cake:
  • 250 grams (about 2 cups) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup orange juice (from about 2 oranges)
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest (from about 1 orange)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sugar
Frosting:
  • 8 oz (one package) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (one stick) butter, room temperature)
  • 250 grams (about 2 cups) powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
  • 1 pinch salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. Grease 2 cake pans (I used one 8-inch round cake pan and 1 horse shaped pan, but you can use 2 8-inch round cake pans)
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, mix together the milk, orange juice, orange zest, yogurt, vanilla, eggs and sugar. Sift in the dry mixture and whisk together just until combined.
  5. Pour into pans and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until done.
  6. Let cool completely.
  7. To make the frosting, whip up the cream cheese with the butter until light and airy.
  8. Add powdered sugar, a pinch of salt, orange zest and juice and whip until smooth. Ice cooled cakes.

 

 

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Caramel Apple Sheet Cake

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Hello and Happy Thursday! Happy Thanksgiving to my American readers! What are you all cooking up for dinner today?

I decided last night I’d make a mini thanksgiving dinner today too, for fun.  Which is kind of weird because on Saturday I’m making an early Christmas dinner also, so we can celebrate with my sister before we’re on vacation for the month of December.  Bring on the turkey dinners!

Also, I started my daily workouts again a few days ago and I am so sore today.  A pretty good feeling though.  And I feel like it means I can reward myself with some Caramel Apple Sheet Cake for dessert!

 

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I love apple desserts.  Apple pie is my second favorite pie, after blueberry.  I think this stems from picking ice cream buckets of blueberries at the lake as a kid. Still LOVE blueberry pie.  And then apple.  This recipe kind of reminds me of a candied apple also. caramel_apple_sheet_cake_pipercooks-94

This sheet cake has apple grated into the batter and a Salted Caramel Sauce poured right on top.  I garnished with a bit of Fleur de Sel also, because I have it and like it.  So good.  Hope you try it and love it.  It’s a big cake also, so make it for a group!caramel_apple_sheet_cake_pipercooks-92

Caramel Apple Sheet Cake
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 300 grams (2 ½ cup) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk (homemade is fine)
  • 1 apple, grated (I used a Gala)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Line a 12 x 16 quarter sheet pan with parchment paper. (I spray the edges also.)
  3. Mix the dry ingredients together in a medium bowl.
  4. Mix the vanilla and buttermilk together in a small bowl.
  5. In the bowl of your stand mixer (or by hand) cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  6. Add the eggs and combine.
  7. Alternate adding the wet and dry ingredients, beginning and ending with dry.
  8. Fold in the grated apple.
  9. Spread mixture on sheet pan, using an offset spatula to reach corner if necessary.
  10. Bake for about 25 minutes, or until fully cooked.
  11. Let cool and top with my caramel sauce, if desired.

 

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Apple Sheet Cake. Soft sheet cake with grated apple and homemade salted caramel sauce. Recipe from @pipercooks on PiperCooks.com

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