Tuesday, June 8, 2010

orange glazed cake

orange and chocolate . . . a perfect pair

One of my favorite treats growing up was chocolate dipped orange candy sticks. Although the featured recipe isn't quite the same as this past-time treat . . . it's sure reminiscent of sweet days.

I present you with two versions of this lovely orange cake . . . a traditional orange glazed cake and a rich chocolate ganache glazed orange cake.

Indulge your senses with this aromatic and moist dessert. Infused with orange zest . . . and then dressed up with a delicious glaze ~ this golden cake is simply . . . divine.

Bon Appetit!

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temperature
4 eggs
1/2 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons pure orange extract
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
orange glaze
1 cup confectioners' sugar
2 Tablespoons orange juice
1 teaspoon grated orange zest

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 13x9x2-inch pan.

Stir together flour, granulated sugar, and salt in bowl; add butter, eggs, extract, and zest.

Using a hand-held electric mixer, beat until well blended. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 25 minutes, or until golden blond and set.

Remove from oven and pierce entire cake with fork or a toothpick.
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preparation of  orange glaze
Mix confectioners' sugar, orange juice, and orange zest together until smooth. Pour glaze over cake. Cool and cut into squares. For an extra special treat, save a small amount of orange glaze to drizzle on top of individually cut pieces.

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preparation of  satiny chocolate ganache glaze
3/4 cup (6 ounces), high quality semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped
3/4 cup heavy cream
1 Tablespoon light corn syrup
Place the chocolate in a bowl. Pour light corn syrup over chocolate. Set aside. Scald the cream. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and gently stir to melt all the chocolate.

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