Florida Orange Flower Cake | Cake by Courtney

Florida Orange Flower Cake – gentle and fluffy orange cake layers with an orange flavored whipped cream filling and contemporary oranges.

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Vintage Cakes

Time for a little bit mid-week pick-me-up with my first Vintage Cakes submit. When my buddy, Alexis, first gave me a group of used cookbooks from the early 1900’s that she discovered on ETSY, I used to be so desperate to dive in and search for recipe inspiration. I didn’t count on, nonetheless, that I’d be so drawn to the concept of truly baking every part within the books, as-is! But as I seemed by means of every recipe’s substances and directions, I used to be simply too curious to not attempt one of many recipes because it was written in 1940.

Florida Orange Flower Cake

The first cake that caught my eye was a Florida Orange Flower Cake (I really like the names of the muffins in these classic cookbooks, by the best way!). I haven’t finished an orange cake shortly and the concept of beginning with one thing primary and budget-friendly simply felt like the proper match.

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Round One

During spherical one in every of this Florida Orange cake, I adopted the recipe and directions precisely.

  • half cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/four teaspoon salt
  • 1 half cups sifted cake flour
  • half cup orange juice
  • Bake at 350 for 30 minutes

I used to be instantly nervous about a number of the substances, and positively that bake time and temperature. But, I needed to remind myself, ovens have been totally different again then and so have been substances. This explicit cookbook was printed in 1940 – in the midst of a struggle! Some substances have been most likely actually costly and rationed, so bakers needed to discover cheap substitutes.

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Anyway, I went forward with the recipe and recorded every part in THIS Instagram video.

The bake time was positively too lengthy for my oven and the muffins didn’t rise nicely. Additionally, because the muffins cooled, they positively tasted dry.

Round Two

In spherical two, I modified just a few issues. My aim in re-working these “vintage” muffins is to maintain the integrity of the recipe as a lot as attainable. I simply wish to improve the recipe a bit.

In order to boost the cake, with out altering the recipe an excessive amount of, I switched out the shortening for butter, added buttermilk, a little bit extra flour and one further egg. The added egg and flour assist to stabilize the cake so it doesn’t sink. And then the butter and buttermilk create a little bit extra moisture.

Don’t these layers look scrumptious! I confirmed a terrific comparability of the unique recipe cake layers and my up to date model on Instagram within the hyperlink above. You’ll positively need to have a look.

Perfect Cake Layer Tips

  • Don’t overmix the cake batter when you add the flour combination
  • Use good high quality pans, like Fat Daddio
  • Make certain chilly substances get to room temperature earlier than utilizing
  • Use contemporary substances
  • Don’t use bake even strips (a minimum of for my muffins)

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