Orange soaked cake

  • Time 45-50 minutes
  • Yield Serves 10

Ingredients

    For the cake:

    1-1/2 tsp. baking powder
    10 oz. (2-1/4 cups) all-purpose flour; more for the pan
    1 Tbs. vanilla extract
    2 cups sugar
    3/4 cup canola or other mild-flavored oil (check for freshness before using)
    1/2 tsp. baking soda
    6 oz. (12 Tbs.) unsalted butter, softened; more for the pan
    1-1/2 Tbs. finely minced lemon zest (from about 2 lemons)
    3/4 cup strained fresh orange juice
    5 large eggs


    For the syrup & glaze:
    1 cup confectioners' sugar, divided
    1/2 cup frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed


    2 Tbs. dark rum
    1 Tbs. unsalted butter, melted

Preparation

    Heat the oven to 350F. Butter and flour a 10-inch tube pan or 12-cup bundt pan.

    To make the cake:
    Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder, and soda into the large bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.
    Add the butter and mix on low speed until fine crumbs form. Change to the whisk attachment.
    With the machine running on medium speed, whisk in the oil, lemon zest, vanilla extract, and orange juice.
    Whisk in the eggs one at a time and then increase the speed to high and whisk the batter until light, about 3 minutes,
    scraping the sides of the bowl if necessary.
    Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in the cake comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes.

    To make the syrup and glaze:
    While the cake bakes, whisk together in a small bowl the orange juice concentrate, butter, rum, and 1/2 cup of the confectioners' sugar.
    When the cake is done, set the pan on a rack to cool for 5 minutes. With a thin skewer,
    poke the cake all the way through to the bottom of the pan in several places.
    Pour 1/3 cup of the syrup over the cake and let stand for 1 hour before removing the cake from the pan.
    (At this point you can wrap the cake in plastic and hold for up to 3 days at room temperature; in fact, the flavor only improves.)
    Cover the remaining syrup with plastic and store at room temperature.

    When ready to serve, whisk the remaining 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar into the remaining syrup.
    Set the cake on a rack over a baking sheet and pour the glaze over the cake.
    Let stand for at least 10 minutes before slicing and serving.
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