I love love love to bake, and my favorite baking cookbook is Alice’s Tea Cup by Haley Fox and Lauren Fox. The recipes have never disappointed, and their Vegan Orange Cake is my current go-to cake. I like go-to’s. Tried and true is my style.
This isn’t really a Christmas cake, per se. I actually think of it as a four season cake, perfect year round. The flavor is bright and the texture is very moist. The orange glaze poured over top pools in the serving dish, making it somewhat self-saucing dessert. At least it does when I make it. (I usually make a little extra glaze. SO GOOD.) I thought it was special enough to make for my grandma’s birthday in August, and it got good reviews from vegans and non-vegans alike.
To make Alice’s Tea Cup’s Vegan Orange Cake, you’ll need:
For the cake:
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups turbinado sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/2 cups orange juice
1 1/2 tablespoons freshly grated orange zest
1/2 cup vegetable oil (I have substituted for 1/2 cup apple sauce before, slightly changes the texture of the cake, but still very moist!)
1 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract (try my homemade stuff!)
For the orange glaze:
1 tablespoon freshly grated orange zest
1/2 cup orange juice
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
- To make the cake, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a deep 8-inch round nonstick cake pan with cooking spray, then line the bottom with parchment paper. This batter is extremely sticky!
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt.
- In a medium bowl, combine the orange juice and zest, oil, vinegar, and vanilla. Using a mixer or by hand, add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until the batter is completely smooth.
- Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan, and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick stuck into the center comes out clean. Transfer the cake, still in the pan, to a wire rack to cool.
- When it is cool, carefully remove the cake from the pan and place it on a cake plate or stand.
- To make the orange glaze, whisk all the ingredients together in a medium bowl until the consistency is thick and smooth. Cover until ready to use.
- Slowly pour the orange glaze onto the center of the cake so that it spreads evenly across the top and down the sides, covering the cake in a yummy, gooey glaze. Let the cake stand for at least 30 minutes to give the glaze a chance to set.