Feb 20, 2013

Orange Dream Cake

My son loves the color orange. So for his birthday he wanted an orange cake. I could have thrown a little food coloring in a white cake mix and called it good. But that would be boring. So I started googling recipes for orange cakes and got what is basically an orange version of a Strawberry Poke Cake. Of course from experience I know that using a boxed cake mix for this (as the recipes I found showed) would yield a soggy cake. So I went to the only poke cake recipe worth using - Cooks Country Strawberry Poke Cake. I took the cake recipe and combined it with the gist of the other recipes and got a pretty yummy cake.

Orange Dream Poke Cake

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • 6 egg whites
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (I used half orange extract and I'm not sure it made a difference)
  • 1 3/4 cups white sugar
  • 12 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
  • Preheat oven to 350°F Butter and flour a 13x9x2" baking pan.
    In a large bowl, whisk together flour, salt and baking powder.
    Whisk together milk, egg whites and vanilla, just until egg whites are broken up.
    In the work bowl of a stand mixer (or using an electric hand beater), cream together 1 3/4 cups sugar and butter, about 3 minutes, until fluffy. Reduce speed to low. Add half the wet ingredients, then half the dry ingredients, then the remaining wet followed by the remaining dry. (This step IS important to get a nice flat cake!).
    Pour batter into prepared pan. Spread evenly. Bake on middle rack of preheated oven for 35 minutes. Let the cake cool for at least 1 hour. With a wooden skewer, poke about 50 holes all over the cake, not going all the way to the bottom (but as close as you can).
    For the filling:
    1 6oz box orange jello
    1 1/2 cup boiling water
    1 cup cold water
    Combine the jello with the boiling water. Whisk for 2 minutes. Add the cold water. Let it set up in the refrigerator for several minutes - about 10 - until it starts to look like syrup consistency instead of water.
    Pour over the cake.
    Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 3 hours, up to 1 day in advanced.
    1 8oz package cream cheese, room temperature
    1 3.5oz box french vanilla instant pudding mix
    1 3.5oz box orange jello
    1 cup milk
    1 tsp vanilla (could use orange?) extract
    8oz cool whip, thawed
    In a mixer, beat cream cheese until smooth and creamy. Add ingredients through extract. Beat well. Fold in the cool whip.
    (the frosting was good but I felt like it was missing a little kick - maybe some fresh orange juice or orange or even lemon zest would have brightened it up a little)
    Spread frosting on top of cake. Slice and serve.

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