With orange juice in the cake and in the glaze, this Orange Juice Cake is a delicious treat for either breakfast or dessert!
As any parent can attest, you have to reach compromises with your kids. Several months ago, Robbie realized he could open his bedroom door by himself. Oh boy, that led to some really “fun” evenings. I think I went upstairs and put him back in his room at least 12 times one night. That’s when we settled on the rule that he could only come out 1 time. So now we put him to bed, he immediately gets back up and reads books in his room and then he eventually comes out for his “1 time.”
Last week, Laura had literally just gotten downstairs from putting him to bed when we heard his door open. He said was ready for his 1 time, so Laura turned back around and went to tuck him in (again). That’s when the night just turned hilarious.
As Laura got to his door, Robbie asked, “Umm, Mom?”
Robbie: “Do you know the muffin man?”
Laura played this with a perfectly straight face and responded, “The one who lives on Drury Lane?”
Laura: “Yeah, I know the muffin man.”
Robbie: “Oh, ok.”
Laura returned back downstairs and we both looked at each other and busted out laughing. Who knows what was going through Robbie’s head that night! But he was satisfied that Mom knew the muffin man, and he went on to bed without a peep.
Orange Juice Cake
While this Orange Juice Cake isn’t a muffin, it is a delicious cake that can be served for either breakfast or dessert. I found this recipe in my Grandmother’s recipe box. I honestly don’t recall her ever making this cake, but I was young. I easily could’ve forgotten. However, this cake totally reminds me of her. It’s a down-home Southern kitchen type of recipe that also happens to be really freakin’ delicious!
This cake calls for orange juice as one of the primary liquids, but the really unique thing is the orange juice glaze that gets poured over the cake while it’s still hot. As soon as the cake comes out of the oven, you stab it a bunch of times with a skewer and then pour an orange juice glaze/syrup all over the top. At first, it might seem like there’s too much liquid and you just drowned your cake. Fear not, come back 30 minutes later, and that cake will have absorbed all of the glaze.
The result is a super moist and juicy cake. (Yes, I recognize calling a cake ‘juicy’ seems a bit odd, but I don’t know how else to describe it. The cake is literally soaked in juice.) We enjoyed slices of this cake for dessert, but Laura pointed out that it would make an excellent breakfast cake as well. To test her theory, I had a small slice the next morning with my cup of coffee. She was right. This Orange Juice Cake can serve as dinner dessert or breakfast dessert. I hope you enjoy this cake as much as we do!
Did you bake this Orange Juice Cake at home? Leave a comment, or snap a photo and tag me on Instagram (@Spicedblog). I’d love to see your version…happy baking!
Orange Juice Cake
For the Cake
- 2½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1½ cups granulated sugar
- 1 3.4-oz. box instant lemon pudding mix
- 3½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ cup unsalted butter room temperature
- 3 large eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- ¾ cup orange juice
- ¾ cup vegetable oil
For the Glaze
- 1⅓ cups powdered sugar
- ½ cup orange juice
- 3 Tbsp unsalted butter melted
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Spray a 10- or 12-cup Bundt pan with nonstick baking spray; set pan aside.
- Using an electric mixer, add flour, sugar, pudding mix, baking powder, salt and butter; mix on medium speed for 1-2 minutes.
- Add eggs, vanilla, orange juice and vegetable oil; mix on medium speed for 1-2 minutes.
- Pour batter into prepared Bundt pan.
- Bake for 50-55 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out mostly clean. Let cake cool in pan.
- Meanwhile, make the glaze by whisking powdered sugar, orange juice and melted butter together in a medium mixing bowl.
- Using a toothpick or skewer, poke holes in the top of the cake. While cake is still in pan, pour glaze mixture over the top. Let cake rest for 30 minutes to absorb glaze.
- Turn cake out onto serving plate.
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