Monday, August 23, 2010

Grandma Ida's Orange Cake

Let me tell you about one of the most meaningful, touching gifts I've ever gotten.

Grandma Ida's Orange Cake

Recently, my mother-in-law put together a very special recipe book for me. It's a handmade collection of recipes from her mother, who passed away right around the time I met Andy. On the cover is a picture of my adolescent husband and his grandmother, and inside are photocopies of pastry recipes in Grandma Ida's own handwriting. I never got to meet Grandma Ida, but she now lives on in my kitchen.

Grandma Ida Recipe Book

This recipe in particular stood out among the rest because of a little comment that Grandma Ida wrote in at the end: (tastes good). She was right.

(tastes good)

Grandma Ida's Orange Cake
A Playing House Original
Printable Recipe

For the cake:
1/2 c vegetable shortening
1 c sugar
2 large eggs
2 c flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp orange rind
3/4 c sour cream

For the glaze:
1/2 c freshly squeezed orange juice
1/4 c sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350.

2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine shortening and sugar until well blended. Add eggs and mix to combine. Sift flour and baking soda together and add to sugar mixture.

3. Stir in orange rind and sour cream, and pour mixture into a well-greased bundt (or other circular) pan.

4. Bake for 40 minutes or until golden brown. While the cake is still warm, invert onto a cake plate. Combine orange juice and sugar until sugar dissolves (microwave for a bit if needed) and pour over the warm cake. Enjoy!


Joyti said...

What a sweet and thoughtful gift. That orange cake looks delicious and favorite type of sweet.

Anonymous said...

LOVE it! What a treasure! The cake looks yummy, too!

Julie @ Willow Bird Baking

Lauren said...

I love this! What a kind gift :). I cherish those recipes with all I have. This cake looks gorgeous and oh-so delicious!

Emily (The Culinary Couple) said...

What a wonderful treasure! There is really nothing better than tried and true family recipes.

andi said...

this makes my heart happy and my mouth water... very special!

grace said...

what a sweet post. the 'tastes good' addendum cracks me up (and sounds like something my grandma would do). :)

Sarah said...

That is the ultimate gift. We did something similar when my grandma passed away - my mom worked on it for weeks. It is so much work. What a great gift.

Ellen Bloom said...

I am soooooo going to bake this cake! Thanks for sharing such a sweet gift.

Ellen B.
childhood friend of Andi's!

(wife.) said...

This is the best post ever. That's all I can say. I want that cake.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I just found your blog. What a touching post. The cake looks great, too.

Renee said...

How sweet!! Enjoy the recipes!

Paula said...

what a great gift!

nancy@skinnykitchen said...

What a great idea. It makes such a heartfelt gift...Thanks for sharing!

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