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Orange Cake

Oh boy….Is being a while and I miss you all!!can I just say Happy 2011!! ( even though is almost February???)

I do apologize for being gone for so long but a lot happened since I last posted. We had relatives over for the Holidays and then we got that terrible blizzard, on top of that we are moving to a new house so I had to start packing and belive me when I say that doing that with a toddler around is challenging. We move next week and I’m so excited!!

I grew up in Brazil and being a girl with 3 brothers kind of made me the cook cheff of the house. I used to bake cookies and cakes, pies, pizzas, all from scratch. And then I moved here and discovered the magic of “buying it ready”. Oh boy, was I happy! And like this it went for years until I became a mom and decided I wanted to give Joshua only the best. So this week the Betty Crocker that have been living deep inside me, hiding, decided to come out and in a week I made 3 delicious cakes – all from SCRATCH. And I wanted to share with you  the recipe. I promise you that is easy, easy.

Here it goes

Orange Cake

 You will need:

  • 1 whole orange – NO SEEDS – washed, top and bottom cut off and then cut up in small pieces
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup of oil
  • 1 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 tablespoon of baking powder
  • A blender and a Mixer

For Syrup

  • 1 cup of fresh squeezed Orange Juice
  • 1/2 cup of sugar

In a saucepan, combine the orange juice and sugar. Bring to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes, or until a thick syrup. Reserve

Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F.

 Butter an 13×9-inch cake pan, then dust with flour.

In a blander

Blend together oil, eggs and orange until it becomes a “smoothie” consistency.

Pour it in a mixing bowl and add the sugar. Beat in medium power for at least 2 minutes. Add the flour ( sift it) and beat for another 5 minutes. Add the baking powder (sift it)and mix it with a spatula (not the Mixer). Pour batter into prepared cake pan and bake for 45 to 55 minutes or until middle of cake springs back when lightly touched. Remove cake from oven. Cover it with the syrup while still hot and dust some powder sugar. Voila!

Wasn’t it easy? I just love this cake and sometimes I add coconut to the batter when I’m making it. I hope you give it a try and let me know how it turns out.

Happy Tuesday everyone!!

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