Orange Cake

  • Yield: 16 servings

"Growing up as a youngster in the 1930's, I don't ever remember my Mother buying a loaf of bread or any other baked goods. She made everything from bread to desserts. This orange cake recipe was one of my favorites."


1small orange
1 1/2cups sugar
1/2cup solid vegetable shortening or margarine
2large eggs
1teaspoon baking soda
1cup buttermilk
1/2teaspoon salt
2cups all-purpose flour
1cup chopped raisins
1cup chopped walnuts (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease and flour a 13 x 9-inch baking pan.
  2. Grate the orange, and reserve the zest. Squeeze the orange, and reserve the juice. With an electric mixer, blend 1 cup of the sugar with the shortening and eggs. Mix well. Stir the baking soda into the buttermilk. Add the salt to the flour. Add the flour and buttermilk mixtures alternately to the creamed ingredients, and mix well. Fold in the orange zest, raisins, and walnuts, if desired. Spoon into the prepared pan. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  3. While the cake is baking, stir the remaining 1/2 cup of the sugar into the reserved orange juice. When cake is done and still warm, poke holes with a dinner fork over the entire top. Pour the orange juice mixture evenly over the cake.

Recipe by Frances L. Chase, Vacaville, Calif.