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Orange Cake. Mrs. Carrie Owens. Recipe

The history of Orange Cake dates back many years and has become a beloved classic in many households. This delightful citrus-infused dessert is known for its light and fluffy texture, paired with a refreshing burst of orange flavor. It's perfect for any special occasion or simply as a delicious treat to enjoy with a cup of tea or coffee.

Fun fact: Oranges have been cultivated for over 4,000 years and are believed to have originated in Southeast Asia. They were brought to Europe by the Arabs in the 9th century and then introduced to the Americas by Christopher Columbus on his second voyage in 1493.

Now, let's dive into the recipe for Orange Cake according to Mrs. Carrie Owens:

Ingredients:
- Two-thirds cup of butter
- Two small cups of sugar
- One cup of milk
- Three teaspoons of baking powder
- The yolks of five eggs
- Three small cups of flour

Filling:
- Whites of three eggs, beaten to a stiff froth
- Juice and grated rind of one orange
- Sugar to give the right consistency to spread between the layers
- White frosting for the top

Instructions:

1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and prepare jelly tins by greasing and flouring them.

2. In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

3. Add the yolks of the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

4. In a separate bowl, combine the flour and baking powder.

5. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture, alternating with the milk. Begin and end with the dry ingredients, mixing well after each addition.

6. Once the batter is well mixed, pour it into the prepared jelly tins, dividing it equally between them.

7. Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean.

8. While the cakes are baking, prepare the filling by beating the egg whites until they form stiff peaks.

9. Gently fold in the orange juice, grated rind, and sugar to taste. The filling should have a spreadable consistency.

10. Once the cakes are baked and cooled, spread the filling between the layers.

11. For the top of the cake, prepare a white frosting of your choice and spread it evenly.

12. Decorate the cake as desired. You can add orange zest, fresh orange slices, or a sprinkle of powdered sugar for an extra touch of elegance.

Now your homemade Orange Cake is ready to be served and enjoyed by family and friends!

Similar recipes to explore would be Lemon Cake, Lime Cake, or even a variation like a Blood Orange Cake. These citrus-inspired desserts offer a similar refreshing and tangy flavor profile that is sure to please any citrus lover. Feel free to experiment with different combinations or even add a citrus glaze or syrup to enhance the citrus flavor further.

Remember, baking is a form of creativity, so don't be afraid to add your own personal touch to the recipe and make it uniquely yours. Enjoy your Orange Cake and the wonderful burst of orange flavor it brings!

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