You are here: Home » Recipes » Orange Cake Orange Cake Recipe by American Profile Yield 16 servings PrintEmail "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." Ingredients 1 small orange1 1/2 cups sugar1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening or margarine2 large eggs1 teaspoon baking soda1 cup buttermilk1/2 teaspoon salt2 cups all-purpose flour1 cup chopped raisins1 cup chopped walnuts (optional) Instructions Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease and flour a 13 x 9-inch baking pan. 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. 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.