Refreshing Orange-Almond Cake

Refreshing Orange-Almond Cake

Refreshing Orange-Almond Cake


Makes one 8- or 9-inch cake


1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 medium orange
1/3 cup shortening
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
1 egg
3/4 cup milk
3/4 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup Grand Marnier or orange-flavored liqueur


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour 8-inch square or 9-inch round cake pan. Combine flour, baking powder and salt in medium bowl; set aside. Grate enough rind from one orange to measure 4 teaspoons; set aside.
  2. Beat shortening and 1 cup sugar in large bowl with electric mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add egg; beat until well blended. Add flour mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition. Stir in orange peel. Pour into prepared pan; sprinkle with almonds.
  3. Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.
  4. Sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons sugar; drizzle with liqueur.
  5. Cool cake in pan on wire rack 10 minutes. Loosen edges and remove to rack to cool completely. Cool almond side up.
  6. If desired, run citrus zester around remaining orange to make orange zest; sprinkle over top of cake.

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