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Friday, January 18, 2013

Family Recipe Friday - Orange Picnic Cake

This cake is another goodie from my grandmother Easie's collection.  I made it a few months ago and it is delicious.  Just the kind of cake to take to a church covered dish supper. 

Orange Picnic Cake

1 ½ cups orange juice
1 cup quick cooking oats
½ cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
½ cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour, sifted
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup chopped pecans
1 teaspoon orange zest

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Spray a 13x9 pan with cooking spray.

In a saucepan, heat the orange juice to boiling and pour over oats.  Set aside to cool.

In a large mixing bowl, cream butter with white and brown sugars. Beat in eggs, one at a time.  Add vanilla extract and beat to combine.

In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.  Add to creamed mixture alternately with orange juice and oat mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture.

Fold in nuts and orange rind.  Pour into prepared pan and bake for approximately 40 minutes or until golden brown and cake tester comes out clean.  Cool on wire rack.


½ cup brown sugar
¼ cup butter, softened
Zest of one orange
1 tablespoon orange juice
1 cup flaked coconut
½ cup chopped pecans or walnuts

Mix the sugar, butter, orange zest and juice in a saucepan and heat to boiling.  Boil for 1 minute, take off heat and stir in coconut and nuts. Pour on top of warm (not hot) cake.

Note says this is “Very good – from RNA Mag.”

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