Marky's First Birthday Cake

The party was so chaotic I forgot to take a picture. But here is the recipe. It is pretty nummy.

FRESH ORANGE CAKE (from the Fannie Farmer Cookbook, 13th edition, page 575)

1 large bright-skinned orange
3 eggs
2 egg whites
1 c. granulated sugar
1/4 c. cornstarch
1 c. flour
1/4 tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease and flour two 8-inch round or one 9x5x3 inch loaf pan. Quarter the orange and remove any seeds, then finely chop the orange, skin and all, in a food processor or by hand. Beat eggs and egg whites until well-blended and foamy. Continue beating and slowly add the granulated sugar. Beat until thick and light-colored, a minimum of five minutes (important-- this recipe falls into the "could not have made it without my Kitchen-Aid" category). Fold in the cornstarch, flour and salt, using the lowest speed on the electric mixer, for the briefest second or two. Remove the bowl fromt he mixer and gently fold in any remaining drifts of the flour. Fold int he chopped orange. Don't overfold. Spread the batter in the baking pan or pans. If baking a loaf, bake for about 45 minutes and start checking for doneness at about 35 minutes. In layer cake pans, bake about 20-25 minutes, or until a broomstraw comes out clean when inserted in the center. Turn onto a rack to cool. Dust with confectioner's sugar, if desired, and serve. (Or assemble the layers like Sherri did, with a thin layer of mango jam between the layers, and frost with the Barefoot Contessa Coconut Cupcake Cream Cheese Frosting.)


Kim Pospisil said...

2 questions regarding this cake....

Do you think I could make this with a hand mixer?
Crap, I forgot the second question...
Oh, is your broom cleaner than mine? There's no way I'm going to use a straw from that thing.

Sherri said...


I used a toothpick instead of a broomstraw.

I think you could make it with a hand mixer, it would just take a bit longer to get the eggs to the right state, depending on how powerful your mixer is.