Orange Blossom Cake
Orange Blossom Cake makes one think of weddings and the aroma of oranges! The delicate velvety taste with the citrus accents makes a special slice.
- 2 1/4 cup cake flour, sifted
- 1 1/2 cup sugar
- 3 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup milk, divided
- 4 Natures Yoke egg whites, room temperature
- 1 tbsp grated orange zest
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 tbsp cornstarch
- 1 1/2 tsp fresh grated orange peel
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup orange juice
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 large Nature's Yoke egg yolks, room temperature, beaten
- 2 tbsp butter, melted
Candied Orange Peel
- 2 large navel oranges
- 1 1/3 cup sugar, divided
- 1 cup water
- 1 recipe White Mountain Frosting
- Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease, flour and put wax or parchment paper cutouts in two 9 inch cake pans.
- Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl.
- Add the vegetable shortening, vanilla and 1/2 cup of milk into the dry ingredients. Blend for 30 seconds on low speed. Beat two more minutes on medium speed until well combined. Add the remaining 1/2 cup of milk and the egg whites. Beat two more minutes on medium-high, scraping bowl as needed.
- Fold in orange zest. Pour into the prepared pans. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cakes cool for 10 minutes before turning out on racks to cool completely.
- Combine sugar, cornstarch, orange peel and salt in a small, heavy saucepan.
- Gradually blend in orange juice, water and beaten egg yolks. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture thickens. Cook for three minutes longer, stirring.
- Add melted butter and blend in. Remove from heat and cool thoroughly before spreading between layers of cake.
Candied Orange Peel
- Rinse and dry two navel oranges. Cut off top and bottom of oranges.
- Score the skin of the oranges into four sections. Do this by making four cuts along the curve of the orange from top to bottom, cutting only through the peel.
- Carefully peel the sections off taking care not to tear them. Wrap the peeled oranges and save for another use in the refrigerator. Cut remaining peel into 1/4 inch wide strips.
- Place the peel strips in a large saucepan and cover with cold water. Place saucepan on stove top and bring to a boil over high heat. Once the water boils, remove from heat and drain. Refill saucepan with cold water; bring to a boil, then drain in a strainer.
- In the same saucepan, stir together 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water. Place over medium heat and bring sugar water to a simmer. Cook for 5-6 minutes, or until sugar is dissolved.
- Add the orange peels and cook for 45-60 minutes, keeping at a low simmer. (The peels will look translucent. Do not stir once the peels have been added as this will cause crystallization. If necessary, swirl the pan to make sure all the peels are covered with the syrup.)
- Remove peels from saucepan and spread on racks to cool and drip for 30 minutes.
- Place parchment paper on a baking sheet and sprinkle some of the remaining 1/3 c. sugar on the pan. Place the candied peels on the baking sheet and sprinkle with remaining sugar. Roll strips in sugar, making sure all the peel is covered.
- Place in oven and bake at 170 F. for one hour. Remove from oven and let cool. Use to decorate frosted cake. (Any remaining candied orange peels will keep for two weeks in a sealed container at room temperature. Candied orange peels are good as a snack or dessert or dipped in chocolate.)
To Assemble Cake:
- Place cake on platter. Spread orange filling onto one cake and stack second cake on top. Frost cooled cake with White Mountain Frosting. Arrange candied orange peels in on top in a decorative pattern.