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Sunny Orange Layer Cake

 Sunny Orange Layer Cake
If you like orange flavor, you'll love this made-from-scratch cake. No one will ever believe that you use gelatin as the secret ingredient in both the cake and the frosting.
14 ServingsPrep: 45 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling


  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 2-1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1 package (3 ounces) orange gelatin
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup 2% milk
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons orange gelatin powder
  • 2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract


  • In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in
  • orange peel. Combine the flour, gelatin, baking powder and salt; add
  • to creamed mixture alternately with orange juice and milk, beating
  • well after each addition.
  • Pour into two greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at
  • 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the

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Sunny Orange Layer Cake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from
  • pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy.
  • Beat in the confectioners' sugar, gelatin powder and vanilla until
  • blended.
  • Place one cake layer on a serving plate; spread with frosting. Top
  • with remaining cake layer; frost top and sides of cake. Store in the
  • refrigerator. Yield: 14 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 slice equals 475 calories, 23 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 81 mg cholesterol, 370 mg sodium, 63 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 6 g protein.