read, cook, eat April 2009: Family Orange Cake

April 10, 2009

Love cooking. Love eating. Love reading about cooking and eating almost as much as talking about cooking and eating. Started way back when Grama, whose recipe box is one of my most treasured possessions, had me rolling dough for my own pies, kid-size. So let’s start read, cook eat, 11th ave’s recipe-of-the-month feature, with the orange cake recipe that is in Grama’s recipe box, that my mum made for my dad (the recipe below is her version), and that is now in the recipe box of my sister-in-law Paula, who is safe-keeping it for Violet, my niece, age 7 months.

Grama's recipe box

Grama's recipe box

Family Orange Cake (a.k.a. Don’t Tell Your Father There’s Sour Milk in This or He’ll Never Eat It Again)

3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 egg
1 cup raisin
2 cup flour
1/2 tsp b. powder
1 tsp soda
1 cup sour milk
1 orange zested (save juice)
pinch salt

Preheat oven to 375.
Cream sugar and butter, then blend in egg. Combine dry ingredients in separate bowl. Add orange zest and juice to milk. Add dry ingredients to butter-sugar-egg, alternating with sour milk and orange mixture.

Bake for 50 to 60 minutes.

Instead of raisins, try dried cranberries. Also very good with pecans or walnuts. Doesn’t need icing but if you do butter icing, there is a note on my recipe card to save some of the orange zest/juice to mix into the icing mixture.

— Denise Duguay


One comment

  1. Mmmm. Yummy. I bet this is delicious. Please make an orange cake and bring it into the office for us all to sample. (To heck with the diet.)


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