This is a lovely orange cake for when company calls.

Carol
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Ingredients

18
Original recipe yields 18 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x13 inch pan, two 9-inch round cake pans, or three 8-inch round cake pans.

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  • In a large bowl, combine cake flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Mix in butter, shortening, buttermilk, eggs, raisins, nuts, orange zest and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer for 3 minutes on high speed. Pour batter into prepared pan.

  • Bake in preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Bake 9x13 inch pan 45 to 50 minutes, or layers 30 to 35 minutes. Allow to cool, and frost with Williamsburg Butter Frosting.

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Nutrition Facts

284 calories; 11.3 g total fat; 45 mg cholesterol; 273 mg sodium. 42.6 g carbohydrates; 4.4 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (17)

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Rating: 4 stars
12/23/2003
The frosting for this cake was wonderful and the cake itself had a nice, old-fashioned taste. However, the next time I make this I will leave out the walnuts and raisins. I really did enjoy this recipe. Read More
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24 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 20
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
12/23/2003
The frosting for this cake was wonderful and the cake itself had a nice, old-fashioned taste. However, the next time I make this I will leave out the walnuts and raisins. I really did enjoy this recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/23/2003
The frosting for this cake was wonderful and the cake itself had a nice, old-fashioned taste. However, the next time I make this I will leave out the walnuts and raisins. I really did enjoy this recipe. Read More
(21)
Rating: 5 stars
02/16/2010
I used this recipe to make orange creamsicle cupcakes. Orange cupcakes with orange buttercream frosting. They were a huge hit. I cut the recipe in half and it made 14 cupcakes. I omitted the raisins and walnuts because I was looking for a simple orange cake. I substituted orange extract for some of the vanilla. This is a keeper. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/22/2014
Nice fresh-tasting cake made even better with a fresh orange buttercream frosting. For my tastes the additions of nuts and raisins traditional as they are would not be an improvement for this cake so I left them both out. I made a half recipe for 12 cupcakes still adding the full 1-1/2 tsp. of fresh orange zest which contributed a distinct fresh orange flavor that I loved. For these 12 cupcakes I used this frosting: 2 c. powdered sugar 1/2 c. butter 1 tsp. vanilla. 1 tsp. fresh orange zest and about 2 T. fresh orange juice. The cake has a relatively tight crumb and is a pretty delicate yellow. It doesn't scream ORANGE even after doubling the amount of zest so the more intensely flavored frosting was a nice contrast. Four stars rather than five because this orange cake does need the extra oomph doubling the orange zest gave it. Also because the Williamsburg Butter Frosting directed to accompany it is not the best complement with its relatively large amount of orange liqueur. Fresh orange juice in my opinion is a far better alternative. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/03/2009
Very tasty and amazing texture - well it does have 3 eggs and almost a cup of fat;-) but that's why its a treat. I did replace the walnuts with pecans and used all butter (no shortening.) The 1T of zest gives a pretty mild flavor so I think you could safely increase by 50% for a bit more punch. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2005
I love this cake. It has been my favorite for years. I lost my recipe so was very glad to find this in time for my birthday as it has been my traditional cake for my birthday for many years. Easy different and delicious. I like to bake mine in a bundt pan. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/04/2008
This is my mother's favorite cake. I've been making this for years I got the recipe from the Silver Palate cookbook. The frosting is to die for! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/22/2009
This is the second time I have made this cake it is absolutely fantastic! Today I replaced some of the white flour with whole wheat some of the white sugar with brown. Haven't tried it yet as it just came out of the oven but it looks and smells delicious! Also I used pecans instead of walnuts and passed on the raisins. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/16/2011
I made cupcakes by reducing the baking time - very yummy with vanilla buttercream frosting. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/20/2012
I have made this many times already as a cake as well as cupcakes (makes 24 medium-size). It's a lovely cake - moist soft and full of orange flavour. You can substitute part of the vanilla extract with orange oil but the recipe is fine just the way it is. Sometimes I make the Williamsburg frosting as filling for a cake or as topping for cupcakes. As frosting it will be rather soft so you must chill the cake with the frosting for a few hours before you take it out anywhere. And the frosting will melt in hot weather (I live in a tropical country). Read More
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