First, let me start off by saying I am not a vegan. I have never claimed to be, or really ever wanted to be, a vegan. I love meat. And eggs. And especially and above all else CHEESE. So, no, I am most certainly not a vegan. However, I am going to share with you today one of my favorite cake recipes of all time.
And, yes, it’s vegan.
Why, you ask, would someone who is decidedly not a vegan decide to bake a vegan cake in the first place? Well, let me tell you.
When I was in graduate school, I lived in a townhouse with about 7 other people. I enjoyed cooking and baking even then, and being the oldest person in the house I sort of took on the roll of house mother (most everyone else was an undergrad). I used to make birthday cakes for everyone’s birthday, and one of our housemates was a vegan. I searched through all of my cookbooks and finally found this Ultra Orange Cake recipe in none other than (an earlier edition) The Joy of Cooking.
He loved it, and surprisingly so did I. I now make it for a friend of mine who is allergic to all things dairy and eggs, and I make it for my son’s class when asked to bake treats. You don’t have to be a vegan to love this cake.
One of the things I love about it, besides its amazing flavor and texture, is the fact that you can mix it up in one bowl. Who needs a boxed cake mix when you can make a scratch cake in ONE BOWL? Never make a boxed cake again. Seriously – don’t. They’re awful. This is just as easy, and so much better.
Begin by juicing two large oranges. This should be enough for the 1 cup of freshly squeezed orange juice required for the recipe, plus a little left over for a glaze. I have used bottled orange juice in a pinch, but it really is much better with fresh squeezed.
Your other wet ingredients are 1 tablespoon cider vinegar, 1 teaspoon of vanilla and 1/3 cup vegetable oil.
Dry ingredients include 1 cup sugar, 1 1/2 cups flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1 tablespoon of orange zest.
Bake in a preheated 350F oven for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Isn’t it pretty? Yeah….