So, money this pay period has been a bit tight, as rent was due. As such, I was looking for a cheaper cake to make for my birthday on Thursday. And then, I came across this recipe I had bookmarked from a friend a while ago.
The resulting cake is pretty amazing. It’s wonderful and moist (doesn’t have as much orange soda flavor as I was expecting, but you could probably find a way to kick that up), and the glaze is pretty wonderful too. It also has three sticks of butter and three cups of sugar in it as a base, so healthy this ain’t. 😛
Orange Crush Cake
Lasts a pretty damn long time, as in I’m just finishing it now 3 weeks later
- 3 sticks of butter at room temperature
- 3 c sugar
- 5 eggs
- 3 c flour
- .5 t salt
- 1 c + 2 T orange soda (I used Sunkist)
- (orange zest and food coloring is recommended to increase the oranginess, did not use)
- 3 c powdered sugar, sifted
- .25 c orange soda
- (orange zest and orange juice again recommended to pump up orange flavor, did not use)
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees, and if your bundt pan is not a non-stick, grease it with butter.
Cream together your butter and sugar with an electric mixer, and then add your eggs one at a time, blending after each additional egg. Your batter should look something like the first picture after you’re done with the eggs. Combine the flour and salt, and then add it a cup at a time to the batter, again mixing after each cup is added. Pour in your cup plus 2 T of orange soda, and then mix on low until the batter is combined.
Use a rubber spatula to scoop the batter into the bundt pan, and then use it to smooth out the surface. Bake for an hour and ten minutes (mine ended up being a bit closer to an hour and a half) – a toothpick should come out clean in several places when it’s ready. Remove the bundt from the oven and let it cool for five to ten minutes. After ten minutes, turn it upside down over a wire rack, with a plate underneath the rack (I’ll explain this in a minute). The cake should slide out (and if it doesn’t, use the rubber spatula to give it a little help), and then cool.
While the cake cools, make your glaze! Sift the three cups of powdered sugar, and then add the orange soda and whisk together until you have a thick glaze. Once the cake is cooled, spoon the glaze over the cake. Wondering why you have the plate underneath it? It’s so it can catch any glaze that drips off the cake, and then spoon that back onto the cake for even more glazey deliciousness!