In The Kitchen With Kat-Orange Creamsicle Cake

in #hive-12058616 days ago

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Every year September 14th is a special cake day because it is my cousin's birthday (@sapadetzero). What makes it even more special, is for the last three years running, I have challenged him with selecting a flavor combination that he would like, and then I attempt to deliver.


Yesterday I delivered like a freight train on nitrous!


Before I get too far ahead of myself, a few weeks ago I told Cuz to flavor up, and we both started talking a bit because he wasn't sure how we could top Apple Pie The Cake (last year's entry). I then blurted, "What about an orange creamsicle-like cake?"


He smiled.


So, last week I got out my trusty recipe conceptualizing notebook and because conceptualizing.

The resulting recipe turned out to be like getting punched in the mouth by an orange and a bucket full of cream. I am pretty proud of how the cake turned out, mainly because my cousin really enjoyed it😊.

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Now, I have said it before, I am a bit on the lazy side. Well, I probably am not lazy per se, it's just that with all the living I am doing all of the time, I just don't have tons of time to do absolutely all the long drawn out steps of certain projects, so this particular cake is a doctored cake mix recipe. I am so not ashamed about that fact.

Because I added a ton of stuff to the cake mix, fresh orange juice, sour cream, buttermilk, you'll see the list of things in the recipe below. Because as anyone who reads this blog knows, I HATE DRY CAKE!

And guess what? Mission accomplished, the cake was so moist and flavorful, and it had good structure which is always nice.

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After baking the cakes the day before (just a thing I do, I think cake tastes better the second day), I got out my trusty cake stand began the assembly process. Since I was going for an orange creamsicle flavor profile, I made my standard vanilla mousse filling, and I whipped up a batch of orange buttercream.

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To be honest, I might have taste tested the buttercream more than I should have, but truly, it was for quality control reasons.😉

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After spreading a filling retaining edge of buttercream along the top rim of the bottom layer, I added a bunch of vanilla mousse cream to the top of the bottom layer, then carefully placed the second layer over it.

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Afterward, I spread the orange buttercream onto the cake. Yes, most cake decorators call for putting on a crumb coat before frosting, and no, I did not do that. At this point I have frosted so many cakes that I can frost one without getting a single crumb in the frosting. Practice and experience are a thing.

Now, a lot of the time, I just frost a cake and leave it at that, no flourishes, but...it was Cuz's birthday and I wanted the cake to have a bit of pizazz, so I got out a piping bag and filled it with the rest of the buttercream.

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Because earlier, when I ran to the store because I forgot the one dang thing I went to the store for earlier in the week (powdered sugar), I also bought some candied jelly orange slices.

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I got out some toothpicks and a ruler and marked out equally distanced spots on top of the cake and one spot in the middle. Then I went around the cake, piping a bit of frosting and sticking a candy orange into each bit of it.

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I love how it turned out!


But I loved the smile on my cousin's face and the taste of the cake even more. Seriously my friends, this cake is lit, for real, for real, no cap, and the young Zoomer heathens who surround me are fond of saying.

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And on that note, I am off, today there is yet more harvest to do, and I don't want the impending frost to claim a single bit of produce!

Orange Creamsicle Cake

1 box white cake mix (no pudding in the mix!)
1 cup of flour
1 cup of sugar
1 tsp baking powder
3 large eggs
1 1/3 cup of orange juice
1/2 cup sour cream (I used the full fat kind)
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 TBSP orange extract
1/2 tsp vanilla
zest of one orange

Vanilla Mousse Filling

1 small box instant vanilla pudding'
1 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup whole milk

Orange Buttercream Frosting

2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter (room temperature)
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp orange extract
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
2-3 TBSP heavy whipping cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease and parchment paper or flour two, nine inch cake pans.

For the cake, in a stand mixing bowl, add cake mix, flour, sugar, and baking powder. Mix to combine dry ingredients well.

Add eggs, orange juice, sour cream, buttermilk, orange extract, vanilla extract, and orange zest. Beat thirty seconds, then scrape the bowl using a rubber spatula, beat cake for an additional minute to minute and thirty seconds until batter is well-combined.

Divide the batter between the two cake pans and bake in preheated oven for 30-33 minutes. Cool completely before assembling.

For the filling, add pudding mix, milk, and cream to a mixing bowl and beat until light and fluffy. Refrigerate until ready to use.

For the frosting, add butter to mixing bowl and beat for at least a couple of minutes. then add 1 cup powdered sugar and the extracts. Beat a minutes, then add the rest of the powdered sugar, one cup at a time. Halfway through adding the powdered sugar I start adding the cream and mixing. I continue adding the cream as I beat the frosting until I get the consistency that I want. Each batch of frosting is different. Beat the buttercream until light and fluffy, often this takes 5-7 minutes in a big stand mixer.

To assemble the cake, place the bottom layer, pipe a bit of frosting to hold the filling in, spread in as much filling as you desire, place the top layer, and frost the entire thing with the luscious buttercream. The orange slices are not necessary, it was just for looks and festive reasons that I applied them. Enjoy!


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And as most of the time, all of the images in this post were taken on the author's now in orange buttercream scent and style iPhone.

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🤤🤤 can I have some? I've never eaten any cake that dared to have a different taste from the conventional vanilla, chocolate, red velvet, etc kinds. Orange flavoured cake?! Oh I shall try this and make a post about it.

Hey, I might even get my Samsung to taste like your iPhone 😄.

Of course you can, but um, mine's all gone lol! That said, I am super excited for you to make and get to try this cake, if you love citrus flavors then you will totally adore it!

And cheers to flavored phones!😆

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Ooh! Thank you!!!

That looks spectacular, @generikat! I absolutely love orange flavored pastries of any kind. (Or lemon, or lime. Haven't tried grapefruit, but I'm not opposed.)

I'm amazed you can alter your recipes and add more moisture than it calls for and have it turn out so well. I'm with you — cakes must be moist or they are not worth the calories!

The resulting recipe turned out to be like getting punched in the mouth by an orange and a bucket full of cream.

Bring it on! Ha ha.

Thank you for sharing your recipe. I'm excited to try this one for a family event!

Ah, a fellow citrus lover! And now you got me thinking about grapefruit flavored baked goods, so double thank you @jayna lol!

It's been a lot of trial and error over the years to get the ratios right, but it's been so worth it because dry cake is beyond gross and you are so right, not worth the calories.

But a properly moist cake that is bursting with flavor, yep, bring on the cals! lol!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you adore this cake as much as we all did!

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I'll be interested to see what recipes you come up with for grapefruit, @generikat. I guess I wouldn't try to sell it if I owned a bakery, but it might be fun to develop a not-too-sweet recipe that has that luscious piquant grapefruit essence!

Wow that cake was impressive and not too difficult to make, I often cheat on the cake mix thingy too.
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😆 Thanks for the kind words, the flattering steal, and the lolz!

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Yum !

That looks and sounds delish !

Thanks so much @jacey.boldart! I am really happy with how it turned out for sure!

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The Cake was amazing! It does have one small flaw (or feature, depending on how fast you eat it) that it shared with Apple Pie the Cake. The filling in the middle of the cake will cause it to slide apart once more than half of it is gone. So the natural fix it just eat all of it at once. 😁 Its a really good cake.

Hello dear, This orange cake gives me such a great details about how we combine all the ingredients together. I really love this cake and the way you design, that is so creative. You design a good cake, look beautiful. It must have a perfect balance of appearance, texture, and flavour. Just amazing! Have a good day!

Hi! Thanks you so much for all the kind words! I am super happy how the orange cake turned out and I so hope you are having an amazing day too!

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