Halloween holds a special place in my family. It’s my husband’s birthday. Though the years I’ve made a variety of birthday cakes for him. Recently he wanted to bake a cake he remembered from his childhood, an orange cake. All Hallow’s Eve Orange Cake came about because sweet hubby couldn’t find the orange cake me his remembered his Mom making. Three grocery stores later, no luck.
So, together, we remedied the situation. We started with a white cake mix, then added orange extract and finally orange food coloring. Well, success in the first try! The chocolate icing was the perfect match since chocolate and orange are a classic flavor combination. My husband was so tickled with himself, he talked about it for a week.
By now you may be thinking why is her husband making cake? The simple answer is he enjoys it too. When we met 26 years ago, on our third date, he made me dinner, scallops with pesto pasta. A pesto he made from scratch, I might add.
From time to time he does make treats and a few times a week he helps with dinner too, especially grilling. It’s something he enjoys too and I welcome the help.
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All Hallow's Eve Orange Cake
- 1 box white cake mix (I used Duncan Hines)
- 3 large eggs
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup water
- 1 – 2 teaspoons pure orange extract
- 3 – 4 drops orange food coloring
- 1 stick unsalted butter
- ⅔ cup cocoa
- 3 cups confectioners' sugar
- ⅓ cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degress F. Spray 2 8-inch cake pans with baking spray with flour and set aside.
Prepare cake according to package directions, adding orange extract with ingredients before mixing.
Divide cake mix evenly between prepared cake pans. Bake in preheated oven for 26 – 31 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Remove from oven and cool in pan on wire racks 15 minutes then remove from pan to cool on wire rack completely. Frost with chocolate frosting.
Melt butter. Stir in cocoa. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating to spreading consistency.
Add small amount additional milk, if needed. Stir in vanilla. About 2 cups frosting.
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