Thursday, January 16, 2014

Orange Drizzle Cake Squares - 52 Cakes and Pies

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QUICK... I need something to take to a party, a dinner, a kid's bake sale fundraiser, or for my favorite Church Potluck... This is it.

Start to finish, about an hour, 20 minutes is baking time and about 30 more minutes of that hour is time for the cake to cool before you drizzle the orange flavored Powdered sugar drizzle icing and then top with orange infused sugar.

It's a simple rustic presentation, dressed up with the drizzle and the delicious orange infused sugar.  BUT the taste is Spectacular.  A rich butter sponge cake Orange flavoring throughout and those wonderful toppings!  Start to finish 1 hour, includes baking and cooling time.  This recipe is a WINNER and KEEPER in taste and ease.

Keep Scrolling down for this easy to follow recipe!

OK... Here's what I did...

Drizzle Cake Squares

  • 1/2 Cup (1 Stick) Butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 Cup Sugar
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 1-1/2 Cups plus additional 2 TBS Self Rising Flour
  • Zest and Juice From 1 LARGE Orange (or 2 smaller), Zest Divided in half and 4 TBS of Juice separated and saved
  • 4 TBS Sugar
  • 4 TBS Confectioner's Sugar
Cooking Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line the floor of a 7X7 square cake pan with parchment paper. Spray non stick spray on the sides.
  2. In a large bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the sugar and soft butter with the paddle attachment for about 5 minutes. Scrape down the sides every couple of minutes as needed.
  3. Whisk the eggs to mix, drizzle about 1/2 of the egg mix into the butter/sugar mix while the mixer is running. Add one TBS of self rising flour.
  4. Add remaining egg into the bowl, plus one additional TBS of self rising flour and thoroughly mix.
  5. Add half of the Orange Zest and Orange Juice (all EXCEPT 4 TBS) from the orange and mix thoroughly.
  6. Remove bowl from the mixer. Add the flour and mix with a spoon. Be careful to not over mix. Batter will be very stiff, but resist the urge to continue to mix.
  7. Spoon into the prepared pan and spread. Level.
  8. Bake in pre-heated oven for 25-30 minutes until you can insert a knife and it comes out clean.
  9. While the cake is baking, make Orange Sugar and an orange drizzle icing... For the Sugar, mix remaining orange zest with 4 TBS Sugar. Use your fingers to squeeze the zest into the sugar (this helps release the oils in the zest, adding extra flavor to the sugar.
  10. For the Orange Drizzle Icing, add 1 TBS of confectioner's sugar to the remaining 4 TBS of Orange Juice. Mix, continue to add 1 TBS of COnfectioner's sugar as needed to make a drizzle consistency... like a thick maple syrup consistency.
  11. When cake is done, Allow to cool completely in the pan. Remove. I cut the edges of the cake off for a better presentation of the sponge crumb. I also cut the square into 9 pieces so the drizzle would fall between the slices. Arrange on a presentation plate. Drizzle the icing over the top, allowing this do drizzle down the sides. Then sprinkle the orange/sugar over the drizzle.
  12. Serve and ENJOY!


This simple recipe has been added to my growing list of "52 Cakes and Pies at Home"!

These are the desserts you make for your family.  No fancy amazing wedding cakes, just the rustic beauty of the classics.  From pumpkin pie to cheesecakes to layer cakes, these are what your family craves for dessert.  You may even see a few unusual crusts and frosting ideas to try.

You get the idea. These recipes are simple, delicious and will have your family wanting dessert first...


This recipe has been added to my growing list of "52 Church PotLuck Dishes"!

A list of something NEW worthy of being shown off at a neighborhood BYODish (Bring Your Own Dish) Party, a Family special occasion dinner, Any Big Holiday Gathering or of course that glorious day when you bring a dish to share with your Church family...

Ages ago, literally almost a half century ago I was listening to our pastor talking about a PotLuck Dinner. It happened to be scheduled around a church work day when we were expected to weed, polish and do general cleaning and maintenance around the church (you know, back in the day when there were no no-wax floors and church pews smelled of Old English furniture polish). I am of course paraphrasing, but as I recall the pastor said,

"A potluck, like a church requires work. At a potluck everyone is expected to contribute.. At a church no one should come empty handed and no one should leave unfed".
I will confess that in my youth I brought more store bought plastic spoons and forks than I ever brought covered dishes and crock pots of fresh made love and caring delights. But now that I have become a hobbyist cook, I occasionally am reminded of those days and people from my youth. I reminded and I do wish that I could drop a dish of some new creation on those old tables at my fondly remembered Liberty Baptist Church.  Tables covered with newspapers and loaded with God's bounty prepared with love and caring... Enjoy


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