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Orange Grove Cake Recipe

Orange Grove Cake Recipe

A few years ago, I won Best in Show in the Western Idaho State Fair for this citrusy cake with its luscious filling and creamy frosting. It’s bursting with great orange flavor from top to bottom.—Amanda Bowyer, Caldwell, Idaho
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 55 min. + chilling Bake: 20 min. + cooling YIELD:16 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-3/4 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange peel
  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup 2% milk
  • FILLING:
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2/3 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 3 egg yolks, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • SYRUP:
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract
  • FROSTING:
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in orange juice and peel. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to the creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition.
  • 2. Transfer to two greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • 3. For filling, in a small saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch. Stir in orange juice and water until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1 minute or until thickened. Remove from the heat.
  • 4. Stir a small amount of hot mixture into egg yolks; return all to the pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir 1 minute longer. Remove from the heat; gently stir in the lemon juice, orange peel and salt. Cool to room temperature without stirring. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • 5. For syrup, in a small saucepan, bring the sugar, water and orange juice to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes or until reduced to about 1/2 cup. Remove from the heat; stir in extract. Cool.
  • 6. For frosting, in a large bowl, beat butter until light and fluffy. Add the remaining ingredients; beat until smooth.
  • 7. Cut each cake horizontally into two layers. Place bottom layer on a serving plate; brush with 2 tablespoons syrup and spread with 1/3 cup filling. Repeat layers twice. Top with remaining cake layer; brush with remaining syrup. Frost top and sides of cake. Yield: 16 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 602 calories, 26g fat (16g saturated fat), 156mg cholesterol, 379mg sodium, 88g carbohydrate (65g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein

Reviews for Orange Grove Cake

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MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2013

"Wow, this is a great cake. Perhaps a little fussy to make, but fun if you enjoy baking. And the result is worth every minute, every dirty dish, every calorie. Bursting with citrus flavor, perfect texture. This is a winner."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2013

"Lol! I have been reading the reviews.. My husband does say I make a lot of dirty dishes, but I'm the best cook around! :) And I love complicated recipes! I love a challenge!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2012

"I was very disappointed in this recipe. It was fussy to make and dirtied a lot of dishes and pots and pans. Took most of the day to finally put it together."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2012

"The cake was absolutely delicious!! Thank you for sharing, daisymay32!!

And all you naysayers ---- Have a good day!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2012

"I made it and hated it threw away the recipe"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2012

"The cake was really hard to make--lots of ingredients and steps, but soooo delish. I served it for my hubby's B-day and everyone had to have two pieces each. Excellent cake for a special day."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2011

"I took this cake to a church social where they used the cakes as center pieces. Mine was definitely not the prettiest, but this cake was the only one that was completely gone. People came from every other table for a slice of this cake. It was a big hit. It wasn't the easiest cake I have ever made, but it was probably the best"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2011

"The filling is like a lemon meringue pie filling, just orange instead. The yolks work a binder in the filling. They need to be tempered which is why you add some of the filling first to temper it and cook them. So that they don't look like scrambled eggs in the filling. Do you not like eggs? I'm happy you liked the cake!!! :)"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2011

"I loved the "cake" part of this recipe. I actually ate it without all the filling. I did make the filling and got physically sick to my stomach when I was making the egg yolks. The cake looked as though it was an orange filling, not egg yolk. I just couldn't eat it. But the plain cake.........delicious!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2011

"Thank you jen, for your support! :)"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2011

"My Grandmother made several recipes when I was growing up that I now see in some of Paula Deen's and other famous cookbooks. My Grandmother made these recipes years before any of these were published. So Amanda don't let negative posters bother you. No one person can say they made a recipe that no one else in the world has made or has made a version of, that's where great recipes come from, change a few ingredients and make it your own. Keep up the good work, look forward to reading your blog."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2011

"Hello all I am the one who sent TOH this recipe. I did win Best in Show at the Western Idaho State Fair. On my blog I always give credit to the person that I got the recipe from. I sent this recipe into TOH several years ago when, I sent them information about the cake charity I work with. (You can see the link on my blog). I never said it was MY recipe, just a WINNING recipe!!!

http://cakebaker35.wordpress.com/2010/02/17/orange-grove-cake-4/
Thanks...
Amanda"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2011

"A real winner!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2011

"I agree on the negative posts. I bet there is not a recipe out there that I do not have somewhere in a book, but I do not page through book after book anymore. I like it when people post success stories. Review the recipe, not the posters...tho I am doing that right now...and then I am going to head for the kitchen and try this one..DH will love it."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2011

"I haven't made this one yet, but you can bet I will be trying it. Just by reading the over the ingredient list, you can see it should be full of flavor! Makes my mouth water!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2011

"i don't care if a recipe is original or not as long as it is good...if you make a cake most of them have sugar and flour,eggs oil or butter. i don't think many people could make a cake that hasn't been made before. i am just happy to get new recipes. thank you amanda for posting this."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2011

"What the devil difference is it where a recipe might have come from at it's origin. Either make it & tell what you think of it or if your only premise is to ridicule the posters, I think we can all pass on that. I love the recipes & all of the constructive comments. I have not made this but it sounds wonderful. Sorry for the lecture~~"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2011

"At fairs here in Mn. most recipes do not have to be original. They just have to taste fantastic to win a prize."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2011

"Please, who's to say where it came from and who made it first. I do not think there is a recipe out there that has not been made before somewhere by someone. Try it and if you like it say so and if not you can tell us why."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2011

"Life's too short.... I'm grateful for the recipe! Thank you for sharing and congrats on your win... I plan to make it tonight..."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2011

"I don't see where she said it was her own...she said she won best of show ?????????I never seen the recipe before and personally am glad she submitted the recipe ! I never heard of Trish Boyle!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2011

"Doesn't seem quite right or fair for someone to take a recipe from a published book and just change one item to make it their "own." That's the only reason I wouldn't make this cake again, as good as it is."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2010

"Of course the cake is excellent - the cake/filling/syrup are from Tish Boyle's Cake Book with an alternate frosting substituted by the poster."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2010

"took a long time to make, but was well worth it."

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