Wednesday, January 22, 2014

A good day to bake....

With the cold temperatures that are outside where many of you live, it is a good day to heat up the oven and bake something!  I believe that's what I will be doing later.

Back in December, just about a month ago, we celebrated birthdays in our family.  I have shared the cake and recipe for Munchomom's cake, but have really had to scramble to come up with a picture to show Country Girl's cake.  We let it leave the house without remembering that all-important picture.

We kept this for The Husband to enjoy.

In 1979, when Mother had her first heart attack, we brought her to our house to recuperate.  That brought about some dietary changes for us, one of which was switching to corn oil margarine.  At that time, I chose Mazola.  On the inside of one of the cartons was the following recipe for Orange Cake.  You will notice that I have not used corn oil margarine.- for this one.:-)

3 sticks butter, softened
2 cups sugar
3 1/2 cups flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup orange juice
2 teaspoons grated orange rind
6 egg whites whipped to stiff peaks
3/4 cup chopped walnuts, added at the request of Country Girl, but not part of the original recipe
- At medium speed, beat butter, gradually adding sugar until blended. 
- Combine flour, baking powder, and salt.  Add to creamed mixture alternately with orange juice, using low speed.  Add orange rind.  (I added the walnuts here).  Fold egg whites into batter.
- Pour batter into greased and floured tube or bundt pan.  Bake 60 minutes at 350 degrees F.  Cool 10 minutes in pan.  Remove; cool.  Dust with powdered sugar, if desired. 

China above is Strawberries and Cream, now discontinued, by Villeroy and Boch.

I send along the admonition to stay safe and warm in this wave of winter weather that is spreading most of the eastern part of the United States.

Thank you for reading.  I really appreciate your comments.


  1. Thank you for another yummy recipe.
    I hope you are staying warm too.
    We are having the same. No rain or cold. Just haze.
    I hope you have a lovely day today Nellie.

  2. YUM.... I would LOVE that cake. I'm one who loves 'plain' cakes without all of the frostings, etc... That one is PERFECT...

    My favorite cake in the world is an ole-fashioned pound cake... YUM...

    Cold here this morning. Was MINUS 2 about 6 a.m. Yipes!


  3. This sounds so good Nellie! Thank you!

  4. Looks and sounds yummy. Hope you're staying warm this morning Nellie. It's -5 here in Central KY LOL

  5. This cake was delicious! Thank you for sharing the recipe. I think it would be great today with a cup of hot tea or coffee, but I would also love it just with a glass of water! Stay warm if possible! :-)

  6. Another fabulous recipe. A cup of tea and your fabulous cake sounds like a perfect treat this snowy afternoon.

  7. Keeping the ovens on and baking sounds like a good idea. I don't know about you, but I think I could deal better with the cold, if so much wind wasn't involved. Stay warm!

  8. this sure looks good and it is a good day for baking!

  9. Your cake looks delicious especially with a nice hot cup of tea in the afternoon. I wish I had a piece right now before going to the barn to feed my calves.

    Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  10. A cold snowy day is a good one for baking.
    But I like playing outside in the snow too, so that's what I did today. : )

  11. looks very good!
    very cold here, for many days and nights yet to come, about 5" of snow, can't get down the driveway, but the main roads are clear.

  12. I'm in a baking mood, but we are watching what we eat...

    I'm a lover of all things orange flavored. this sounds wonderful!!


  13. The "all important picture" hit the spot Nellie. Of course just a teeny piece of Orange Cake sure would spread a lot of sunshine which we sure could use here in PA.

    I'd be curious to smell the difference in this cake if it were not made with butter, lol...I may just try it!

    Thank you so much for sharing, Nellie...

  14. Hi Nellie , so light and melt in your mouth delicious , making this cake tomorrow , what a yummy cake . :-D thanks for sharing :)

  15. This looks moist and dense..:) Funny how many recipes become classics from package friend just sent me THE Quacker Oats Oatmeal cookie recipe..
    That was so nice of you to have your mom..

  16. Oh thank you, I will have a slice of that. It looks so good. Thanks for sharing the recipe too.

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