Cara Cara Orange Cake
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.
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.
Cara Cara Orange Cake
- 250 grams (about 2 cups) all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup milk
- ½ cup plain yogurt
- ½ 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
- 8 oz (one package) cream cheese, room temperature
- ½ cup (one stick) butter, room temperature)
- 250 grams (about 2 cups) powdered sugar
- ½ teaspoon orange zest
- 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
- 1 pinch salt
- Preheat oven to 350 F
- 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)
- In a small bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
- 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.
- Pour into pans and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until done.
- Let cool completely.
- To make the frosting, whip up the cream cheese with the butter until light and airy.
- Add powdered sugar, a pinch of salt, orange zest and juice and whip until smooth. Ice cooled cakes.
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