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Orange Cake
July 15, 2008

I can't believe I'm rating a recipe that begins with a yellow cake mix 5 stars, but I call it as I see it! This was just that good, and with none of that "this is a cake mix" taste. It seems most reviewers put their own spin on this recipe, as did I. I used yellow cake mix because that's what I had on hand, (but I've found French Vanilla makes a much better substitute for yellow cake mix in general), vanilla pudding, 1 tsp. orange extract, 1 tsp. vanilla, fresh orange juice full tablespoon of orange zest! Since there seemed to be a great deal of disappointment with this cake not being very orange tasting, this full-flavored cake, as I made it anyway, is very definitely a prominent, fresh tasting orange. The glaze, too, is orangey, buttery good, and makes the cake all shiny and beautiful. I used a tube pan, but used the "bottom" of the cake for the top as I liked the imperfect and crackly look of it. This is just one outstanding, delicious and beautiful orange--yes ORANGE--cake.

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