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Orange Pound Cake

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Ingredients

  • Glaze (optional):
  • 1 c. unsalted butter (2 sticks)
  • 2-1/2 c. sugar (divided)
  • 4 extra large eggs
  • 1/3 c. grated orange zest
  • 3 c. flour
  • 1/2 t. baking powder
  • 1/2 t. baking soda
  • 1 t. kosher salt
  • 3/4 c. orange juice, divided
  • 3/4 c. buttermilk
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 2 c. confectioners' sugar
  • 3 T. orange juice

Details

Preparation

Step 1

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour two 8-1/2 x 4-1/2 x 2-1/2" loaf pans. Line the bottoms with parchment paper. Cream the butter and 2 cups of the sugar in a bowl for about 5 minutes, or until light and fluffy. With the mixer on medium speed, beat in the eggs, one at a time, and the orange zest. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In another bowl, combine 1/4 cup of the orange juice, the buttermilk, and vanilla. Add the flour and buttermilk mixtures alternately to the batter, beginning and ending with the flour. Divide the batter evenly between the pans, smooth the tops, and bake for 45 minutes to one hour, until a cake tester comes out clean. While the cakes bake, cook the remaining 1/2 cup of sugar with the remaining 1/2 cup of orange juice in a small saucepan over low heat until the sugar dissolves. When the cakes are done, let them cool for 10 minutes. Take them out of the pans and place them on a baking rack set over a tray. Spoon the orange syrup over the cakes and allow the cakes to cool completely. To glaze, combine the confectioners' sugar and orange juice in a bowl, mixing with a wire whisk until smooth. Add a few more drops of juice, if necessary, to make it pour easily. Pour over the top of each cake and allow the glaze to dry. Serve, or wrap well and store in the refrigerator.

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