Thursday, December 04, 2008

Orange Cake with Cranberry Filling

I found this recipe last winter in Paula Deen's Christmas magazine. It is a perfect holiday dessert - the cranberry filling, sweet orange icing, and light, airy cake are a great combination. I made this to take to our Advent by Candlelight at church last Sunday night. My neighbor Carolyn asked me to co-host a table with her and offered me the choice of putting together the table setting or making the dessert. I am so glad I chose the dessert because her table setting was absolutely beautiful - I wish I had taken a picture of it. The cake recipe follows (it is a little more time consuming than . . . using a cake mix . . . but it's well worth the effort!):

Orange Cake with Cranberry Filling

1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
1 tsp orange extract
1 tsp orange zest
3 cups cake flour
3 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup whole buttermilk
5 egg whites, beaten until stiff
Orange Cranberry Filling (see below)
Orange Cream Cheese Frosting (see below)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 3 (9-inch) cake pans.In a large bowl, beat at medium speed with electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add sugar, beating until fluffy. Beat in orange extract and orange zest.

In a small bowl, combine cake flour, baking powder, and salt, sift twice. Add flour mixture to butter mixture. Gently fold in beaten egg whites.

Pour batter evenly into prepared pans, and bake 20-23 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool in pans 10 minutes. Remove cakes from pans and cool completely on wire racks.

Spread 1/3 of cranberry filling between each cake layer. Spread Orange Cream Cheese Frosting on side and top of cake. Pipe remaining frosting around top of cake, if desired. Spread remaining cranberry filling over top of cake. Store in refrigerator.

Orange-Cranberry Filling
1 (16 oz) can whole-berry cranberry sauce
2 tbsp orange-flavored liqueur*
1 tbsp sugar

In a small saucepan, combine cranberry sauce, orange-flavored liqueur, and sugar. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring constantly, 12 minutes or until thickened.

Orange Cream Cheese Frosting (make about 4 cups)
1 (8 oz) package of cream cheese softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 tbsp orange-flavored liqueur*
1 tbsp orange zest
6 cups confectioners' sugar

* Freshly squeezed orange juice can be substituted for if you do not have or do not wish to use orange liqueur.

Candied orange peel recipe coming soon!


Sarah said...

Tell us about this "hosting a table"!

McKenzie said...

Hmm . . . basically, tables are set for 8 women, so co-hosting the table consisted of inviting 3 people and bringing the dessert. Carolyn, my co-host, also invited 3 people and she set the table (centerpiece, candles, china, etc.). It was a really nice evening, a way to relax and focus on the true meaning of Christmas before all the holiday craziness sets in!

Jamie said...

This cake looks so delicious!!

Jamie said...

That cake looks so delicious!!