Easy Orange Cake

I love recipes with the word ‘easy’ in them. I also love recipes with the word ‘orange’ in them! So when I stumbled upon this gem, Easy Orange Cake, in Better Homes and Gardens One-Pan Recipes, I knew it was a go.

Most times when I make a citrus cake that has juice in the recipe i can only taste a faint bit of it. This cake, however, is as orange flavored as it gets. No lie! Perfect for after a summer bar-b-que or for breakfast! i love cake for breakfast. No judgment here!

I frosted my Easy Orange Cake with Butter Frosting and sprinkled fresh orange zest, but another option would be a dusting of powdered sugar! So good!

EASY ORANGE CAKE

Ingredients

  •  2 oranges
  • 1 1/3 c. all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 c. granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 c. milk
  • 1/4 c. butter softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 recipe Butter Frosting or powdered sugar (optional)

Instruction

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease bottom of an 8-inch square baking pan. Line bottom with waxed paper or parchment paper. Grease and lightly flour pan.
  2. Remove 2 tsp. zest and squeeze 1/2 cup juice from oranges. In a medium bowl stir together flour, sugar, and baking powder. Add orange zest and juice, milk, butter, egg, and vanilla. Beat with a mixer on low until combined. Beat on medium for 1 minute. Spread batter in prepared pan.
  3. Bake 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove cake from pan; cool on wire rack. If desired spread with Butter Frosting or dust with powdered sugar. Makes 8 servings.

Butter Frosting

  • In a medium bowl beat 1/4 cup softened butter with a mixer on medium until smooth. Gradually add 3/4 cup powdered sugar, beating well. Beat in 2 Tbsp. milk and 1/2 tsp. vanilla. Gradually beat in 2 1/2 cups additional powdered sugar. Beat in enough additional milk to reach spreading consistency.

Nutrition Facts

  • PER SERVING 319 cal., 7g fat (4g sat. fat), 42mg chol.,144mg sodium, 62g carb., 1g fiber, 4g pro.

Raspberry Fool

 This is the absolute best and easiest and tastiest and yummiest treat in the world! Yes, all of those things and much more! This is typically called Fruit Fool so feel free to use your fruit of choice, we just happen to love the raspberry version. You can also marinate your berries with liqueur. PERFECT for summer get togethers where you put it in fancy dishes or if you are hungry and want something delectable to eat all by yourself and you use your mixer bowl with a spoon…either way Raspberry Fool is Ryder’s very favorite and I am gonna share it with you!

Raspberry Fool

Ingredients

  • 3 cups Raspberries, Plus A Few More For Serving
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons Raspberry Liqueur (or You May Just Use Water)
  • 2 cups Cold Heavy Cream
  • 1/2 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 8 whole Vanilla Wafers (or Other Cookie)
  •                                    Fresh Mint Sprigs, For Garnish (optional)

Instructions

In a bowl, stir together the raspberries, sugar, and liqueur (or water) and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes.

Whip the cream with the powdered sugar until soft peaks form.

Mash the raspberries with a fork until all the liquid and fruit are mashed together.

Spoon half the fruit into the cream and fold once or twice with a rubber spatula; do not overmix!

Add half of the remaining fruit and fold once or twice. If you want more fruit, add the rest; if not, use remaining fruit puree as a garnish on top.

Serve in pretty glasses with crumbed cookies on top! I did not have cookies so I compensated with a berry and a mint sprig!

 

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Ooohhh…so pretty!
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Even pretty from a birds eye…
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Little hands have no time to soak up the presentation!
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Ryder’s absolute favorite…and now it’s yours too!

 

.Table Side Guacamole.

ah! Here it is…my first food post. After careful examination on what i make in the kitchen, everyone’s hands down favorite is my guacamole. I don’t know about you but I love me some guac. It goes good with chips. It tastes delicious on my burgers. Its better than hot sauce on my tacos. Guacamole is a versatile condiment that should smother all foods! I tend to fall in love with restaurants that make a table side version. I love watching it all come together and love to eat it even more! So one day while watching Carrie Bradshaw’s short move to Paris I thought, im gonna make my own! And ever since then it has been a staple in our fridge. I hope that you love it as much as we do!

     .Table Side Guacamole.

  • 3-4 very ripe avocados
  • 1/2 red onion chopped
  • 1 garlic clove chopped
  • 1 medium tomato diced
  • 1 jalapeno diced (membranes diced if you’re feeling spicy!)
  • 1 bunch of cilantro roughly chopped
  • juice of one lime
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • dash of cumin

Prepare your avocados. Peel and cut them into medium pieces and place them in a bowl that is big enough to fit all of your ingredients. Add your onion, garlic, tomato and jalapeno. Stir together with a spatula until the avocado pieces start to break down. If you have avocados that are a little unripe, a potato masher may help you to get the consistency you like. After you reach your desired consistency throw in the cilantro and lime juice. Stir until combined and add your seasonings. And then breathe it in. It smells so good!!

Serve with pretty much anything! But tortilla chips seem to be the pairing choice for most, including my fiance!

If you are feeling in a South Western mood I love to add roasted corn and black beans. To die for!!

And there you have it! Thank you for supporting my first blog o food! It was a simple one, I know, but hopefully I can only go up from here!

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