Sunny Orange Layer Cake
Total TimePrep: 45 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
How can some make it and say how terrible and others loved it.
This recipe doesn’t work. I’ve been baking for almost 60 years; I followed the instructions faithfully.(even used the cake flour). In my opinion the problem is one of chemistry. Jello powder naturally absorbs liquid. I think the orange jello absorbed much of the liquid in this recipe leaving the cake sunken and dry. It seemed as if the jello had sort of jelled within the cake—unfortunately, with negative results.I’m wondering what would happen if more liquid were added?
I would give this recipe 0 stars if that was an option. Followed the directions to the letter and the layers were both concave. Made a second batch thinking it was a fluke, and they were worse than the first. Terribly disappointed. Don't even bother with this recipe. I am an experienced baker and this was terrible. There must be better ones out there. Don't waste your time on this mess.
Eating this cake at the moment. I wasn't going to make it because of the reviews about the crumb, but accidentally made this one instead of the one I intended. (I was going to use the frosting so I had two recipes pulled up.)This cake was delicious! A happy accident for me. The crumb was dense and not dry at all. I didn't have cake flour, so I removed two tbsp flour and added 2tbsp corn starch. Perhaps it was the cake flour that threw previous users off? I also creamed the shortening and sugar until it was actually creamy (5 min in the stand mixer - maybe more). Beat the eggs at least a minute each, then scraped the sides and beat again before adding the next egg. By the last egg, I had a perfect batter. It did separate when I added the orange juice though.I agreed that the frosting was not sweet enough, so I doubled the powdered sugar and it was plenty sweet. I found the gelatin to be a bit gritty, however there's not really any room for liquid in the frosting so dissolving it first in a tbsp or so of hot water could be a disaster.All in all, this was a very rich, lightly orange tasting cake with a moist, dense crumb. Great recipe!
WOW!!! A very moist & tasty cake. Only thing I did differently was melted some orange marmalade and brushed it on the top of the bottom layer before I icing it. I kept the cake in the fridge. Made it twice and both times it got the OMG factor!!!
Taste was delicious, batter was creamy, crumb was dry, dry, dry (son suggested pouring water on it), frosting was skimpy and too cheesy. Definitely needs work to bring the crumb to a standard to match the taste. Surprised at the result as I followed directions with no changes as I'm an experienced Baker.
I made this for my son's 3rd birthday party because he said he wanted an orange cake, which is his favorite color. Definitely a hit! Very moist and full of orange flavor, both cake and icing.
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Oh my goodness. I just made this cake for my office—I didn't make the icing, though (I had some buttercream on hand instead)—and it is delicious! So moist and flavorful, and so easy to put together! This is definitely one that I'll make again!