Saturday, April 6, 2013

orange spice cake...

i have been at the beach coming on a month now, i brought with me bushels of home grown oranges. i have juiced gallons and gallons since i have been here, and the pile never dissappears... its been wet and foggy all week, with scotts return today i thought time to bake something fresh. hmm, how about them thar oranges... note the beach speak~

of course the fun part is adding tags to share with my neighbors...

its not as if i can't tell them what i baked...

i just prefer they read it :-)

baking is always extra speedy here, i pop them hot from the oven right out to the cold sea air thats always flowing swifty from the sea...

they cool extra fast and frosting quickly hardens...

inside for a quick wrap and bow...

and away they go~

orange spice cake

cup sour cream
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
Zest of 3 oranges
1 tsp vanilla
cube melted butter
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 ½ cups all purpose flour

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. i used 8 mini loaf pans greased

hand mix wet then dry, bake for 30' until toothpick clean

For soaking warm cake, heat then drizzle
1/3 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
1 Tablespoon granulated sugar

For glazing cooled cake:
1 cup powdered sugar
2 Tablespoons fresh squeezed orange juice
2 teaspoons Orange Zest


  1. Jain,

    I'm glad I found you again. A number of years ago I bought iris bulbs from you and they are ready to bloom again in my San Jose backyard. They are gorgeous and multiplying every year.

    I love your labels and have looked through many label templates but have not found any as creative as yours. And, I know exactly what you mean about Marlena de Blasi.


  2. hi kathy, thanks so much for commenting on my quiet little blog. i was just outside prepping an iris bed for the beach, my plan is bring about 200 over here. sure they will be shell shocked and covered in rust from the 100% pure foggy months end over end, but i can't resist! i actually planted a dozen last year and they bloomed and are just about ready to give me a spring flush. i am hoping i haven't missed all mine at home now...

    so glad you are a marlena fan too, doesn't she have a way of drawing you into the base of life? i adore her style, seeing her video is so different then how i first pictured way back when read her first book a decade ago. she is a character, but just oozes a passion for life and phrases everything so well to my ears.

    thank you about my tags, i just have fun with them spur of the moment when i bake something. i actually NEEDED labels because i have so many homemade things in the fridge i couldn't tell blueberry liquour from fig vineagar and it was too rude of a sampling...

    thanks for stopping by and happy iris to you!

  3. Jain,

    I'm so glad you mentioned a video of Marlena since I had only seen book jacket photos. I too imagined her differently. Each year I re-read all her books as they give me such pleasure.

    Your 200 iris will acknowledge your love and effort and thrive. How could they not, in such beauty.


  4. I bet you're everyone's favorite neighbor with 'them thar' orange spice cakes...that's Southern speak :) Love your creative and whimsical tags as always, especially your self portrait binocular lady!

  5. MMMM, those loaves of bread look delicious. Your tags are looking beautiful and I second Mary; you must be everyone's favorite neighbor! I love how you make big batches to share, its a lot of work for you!

  6. "Them thar cakes" are a winner. The tags are beyond perfect. Love the picture of the loaves cooling on your picnic table. Lucky neighbors.

  7. P.S. I meant to say hello to Scott, too.

  8. You are having way too much fun! '-) Orange and spice make the beach extra nice!