Because it began with a cake mix and because of some of the reviews, I set out to make this with low hopes and poor expectations, all of them dashed. I was prepared for the cake to be ugly – it isn’t. It has a pretty, golden exterior and the cake itself a delicate and pretty pastel green. Too sweet and too limey, some reviews said – nope, it’s just right. In fact, in hindsight I would have added some grated lime zest, maybe a tablespoon. Tastes awful, SO like a cake mix. Wrong again. While I don’t necessarily think it would fool anybody, it nevertheless does not have that obvious commercial cake mix taste, tho’ I’m convinced this is because I started out with a French Vanilla cake mix – better, as far as I’m concerned, than lemon, yellow or white cake mixes. I thought maybe a cup of oil would make this heavy and greasy but it was not. Again, I used a Duncan Hines French Vanilla cake mix (deliberately, as with all this oil I did NOT want a pudding-included cake mix). I used fresh-squeezed orange juice, which really was why I chose this recipe in the first place as I had a number of oranges to use. I baked it in a Bundt pan, 325 degrees for about 55-60 minutes. Fearful of infusing any more moisture or sweetness into the cake, I did not use the recipe’s glaze. I used a simple powdered sugar and fresh lime juice glaze. I’m pleasantly surprised.
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Because it began with a cake mix and because of some of the reviews, I set out to make this...