This week, I found myself craving orange and vanilla cake. Once I get such a craving, I’m on a mission. I had to try creating my own recipe. I think this particular craving goes back to my childhood love of an ice cream combination, orange sherbet with vanilla ice cream, which came side-by-side in a carton. I don’t know if they still make it, in America, since I live in Australia now. I always loved the zesty, sweet orange sherbet with the creamy vanilla ice cream. The two were so good together. Sometimes, I get such a vivid food memory, and I try to evoke the sensory memory in my own kitchen. This search led me back to a recipe for an orange vanilla cake, which I had tried a couple of years ago, and had wanted to change a bit, to suit my own tastes.
I’m very happy with the way this cake turned out. The orange flavour is deliciously balanced by the vanilla flavour. My big change to the previous recipe was to add a thick orange vanilla glaze topped with a smattering of orange zest. I always love a nice glaze on a cake. It is the easiest frosting in the world, and I never tire of it. The crumb of this cake is so soft and sumptuous, thanks to the brown sugar used. It is just a delightful cake.
I served it with vanilla bean ice cream after dinner last night. This morning, I paired it with orange slices. I think it would be lovely with a dollop of cream, as well. Of course, you can just serve it all by itself.
I hope you will like this recipe as much as I do. My 3 year-old son liked this cake so much, he said “Mommy, you make the best cakes!” That meant the world to me.
A lovely orange and vanilla cake, topped with a thick glaze and orange zest. Perfect for after dinner or with your morning cuppa. My recipe was inspired by a recipe for Vanilla and Orange Cake by Delicieux. Cake Glaze
Orange Vanilla Cake
A lovely orange and vanilla cake, topped with a thick glaze and orange zest. Perfect for after dinner or with your morning cuppa.
My recipe was inspired by a recipe for Vanilla and Orange Cake by Delicieux.
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