I had somewhat mediocre expectations of this cake recipe since it called for a box yellow cake mix to begin with and "box cake" usually ends up tasting "artfifical". Boy, I was wrong with this one. I think a lot had to do with what additions I made to the batter. Instead of lemon, I used 1 tsp of orange extract, fresh squeezed naval orange juice, and 1 T of orange zest. This cake ended up being very orange-y tasting. I was pleased with the results. Loved the teeny specks of orange zest in the cake and my kitchen filled with a cirtus orange-y aroma-very nice. The glaze is a very nice, orange flavor, not overpowering. I added the glaze to the bottom of the cake first, let it soak up, then I inverted it to a plate to glaze the sides, drizzled the rest of the glaze to the top. let it soak up all the glaze. The glaze really makes this cake shine adding a nice orangey buttery flavor to the already delicious orange cake!
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I had somewhat mediocre expectations of this cake recipe since it called for a box yellow cake...