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Double Glazed Almond Orange Bundt Cake 
Jul. 30, 2010 5:50 am 
Updated: Aug. 1, 2010 12:42 pm

It's always way more exciting when you create your own recipe, rather than following one from a cookbook or website. I've made a few, I can probably count them on two hands, but every time that I do I feel such a sense of accomplishment! I guess that shows I have a real love for cooking, but more so for baking. There is just something magical about creating a cake or some special cookies, making it look just right, like finishing a work of art! So fun!

This cake was born from several different recipes. I found 3 different orange cakes on the internet, but two out of three used box cake. I wanted to make my own, so I started scouring my baking books. After reading four different cookbook recipes, I developed my own yellow cake using my homemade vanilla pudding mix, but you could certainly use a box of vanilla pudding instead. I experimented with three different extracts, almond, vanilla and orange, and used lemon zest in the cake. It was a huge success and devoured in the first day (though I did manage to save the last piece for myself for the next day).

I've already received feedback from a woman who made the cake and she loved it. How fun is that?? 

Get the recipe for my Double Glazed Almond Orange Bundt Cake on Amanda's Cookin'
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Jul. 30, 2010 11:25 am
I love a robust and flavor filled bundt cake and orange is my absolute favorite. After making a few, I was struggling to find a flavor combination that just popped. Finally, I got what I wanted by zesting a whole orange, then sqeezeing the juice into a saucepan. I simmer the juice and the zest together until it reduced into a thicker syrup. That flavor punch really made the difference and worked out so much better than orange flavoring. I was going for that fresh orange taste and the orange flavoring made it taste like a box mix. Try experimenting with fresh and see what you get. I've also made this same cake using blood orange & Meyer Lemon. I'm thinking of doing something similar with a pink grapefruit.. strange sounding, I know.
Jul. 30, 2010 5:07 pm
Very nice, AC! Good job. Must admit bundt cake is a weakness of mine. I'll try this one soon. Just wondering, BellesAZ, how will you tame down the 'whang' factor of grapefruit for a bundt cake? I love grapefruit but they do have a sharpness sometime. I'd be interested in your recipe when you get ready. Do you mind sharing? Thanks to you both, gals.
Jul. 30, 2010 6:19 pm
Linnie, grapefruits are not as tangy as a lemon and that tanginess cooks down when you boil the juice and rind together. I would try AC's recipe and just enhance it with that flavoring. That looks like a very good one - and in fact, I was thinking of making one on Sunday.
Jul. 31, 2010 6:36 am
BellesAZ - love that idea instead of the orange extract! I actually ended up using the extract because the orange juice I bought was generic and kinda sour :-P I'm curious, I noticed that you answered Linnie's question, did you just happen to come back here and see it or did you manage to get some sort of email notification? I really wish there was email notification! And thank you Linnie!!
Aug. 1, 2010 12:42 pm
I just came back here and happened to see it. As far as I know, there is no notification that someone replies to your blog.. their should be!
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I love baking, especially cookies and cakes. :) I love cooking too, but I like to experiment, which can occasionally mean take out! ;)
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I grew up in the convenience food era. My parents were divorced and I was a latch key kid. There weren't a whole lot of home cooked meals in my childhood, but lots of packaged and frozen goods. I try to make dinner every night for my family, though sometimes it's take out due to sports activities, etc. I'm envious of those that have their grandmother's recipes, I don't have anything like that.
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i've created a few recipes of my own, one I even won a contest for :) I love experimenting and finding new ways to combine flavors. I feel triumphant every time I bring something to my neighbors, they always give me rave reviews!
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