So the other day, my daughter was bugging me to make a cake.
I don’t usually like to bake cakes.
I’m lazy when it comes to baking. I don’t have patience and cakes usually take up a little more of my time than I like. Maybe I’m just weird, but it just feels that way.
But it was the weekend, so I had more time and I figured I’d do it just for her.
Her request: an orange cake. And it had to be orange in color, too.
We settled on some sort of orange dreamsicle flavor, and after looking through a few recipes online and figuring out what I had on hand, this is what we made:
I couldn’t even take a picture of the whole completed cake. The minute it was frosted, it was cut and we all dug in.
It. was. so. good.
I’m not a huge fan of boxed cake mixes, but this was delicious.
Even my hubby took some with his lunch the next day. He never does that. (I don’t think he actually hates my baking, he just doesn’t want to sit down and eat it because it takes more time than he likes… he’s the ‘eat and go’ kind of guy, I guess).
So two days later and 1/4 of the cake left. For us, that’s good. I eat cake once and I’m good for a month. My weakness is cookies. Ha!
So.. you’re probably wanting the recipe now.
Here ya go!
Orange Dreamsicle Cake
1 box white cake mix
1 small box orange jello
1 small box vanilla pudding
1/2 cup oil
1 cup milk
1 tsp orange extract (optional: I didn’t have it on hand, but I think it would help to add more ‘orange’ flavor)
Preheat oven to 350 F degreesMix all ingredients on medium speed until blended. Pour into baking pans and bake for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Allow cake to cool before frosting.
1/8 tsp salt (I used salted butter, so I omitted this)
2 Tbsp orange juice
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp grated orange peel
Whisk together butter, half the sugar and salt on low speed until blended. Add juice, vanilla and orange peel and mix. Add in remaining sugar and blend on high until smooth. Add orange gel food coloring to obtain an orange color. Frost your cake.