Sunday, July 24, 2011

Semi-scratch baking still says I care; Link love

Orange Juice Bundt Cake
When a friend's loved one dies, home-baked goods are my way of saying I care. As the timing for such bakings is often unexpected, semi-scratch recipes come to the rescue. Though I try not to bake it just for us because it's so addictive, Orange Juice Bundt Cake continues to be one of my favorite go-tos to bake and take.
    Orange Juice Bundt Cake
    Boil the glaze longer for a syrupy glaze.
    1 Duncan Hines yellow cake mix
    1 sm. box vanilla instant pudding
    1 c. orange juice
    ½ c. oil
    4 eggs
    ½  c.  chopped pecans
    1 stick (½  c.)  butter
    ½ c. orange juice
    1 c. sugar
    Grease a bundt pan and sprinkle pecans in bottom of pan. Mix first five ingredients and pour into pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes (until it passes the toothpick test). Meanwhile, place glaze ingredients in a small pan, bring to a rolling boil and boil for 2 minutes. Remove cake from oven and pour glaze over the hot cake while it's still in pan. Cool in pan a few hours before turning the cake out of the pan.

       Gonna be another scorcher today here in western Kentucky...highs in the 90s with the possibility of some thunder-boomers. Hope things are more temperate in your world.  
       If you've got a minute, I'd love to hear what the weather's like in your neck of the woods. Or what have you baked/cooked this weekend??

    P.S. While I'm at it, thought I'd share a few sites that I've enjoyed lately...happy surfing!!

    The glazed cake cooling in its pan, a pan passed on to me from my mom some years back.


    Practical Parsimony said...

    Hot, hot, hot, humid, humid, humid, bit of rain, and I have had salads with chicken coooked last week.

    I try not to cook everyday in this weather. There are not pots of beans that cook for hours. However, this week I plan to make a pot of good old wintertime soup simply because I found two quarts of home-canned tomatoes. I don't like soup in the summer, but I think this will be okay.

    Tightwad Mom said...

    YUM! That is the most divine looking cake. I can almost taste it!!! It is the mid nineties here in South east Idaho. Very hot and very dry. I am ready for it to cool off a little bit. As for baking, I made mango crisp last night. All of my six mango ripened at the same time and I was afraid they would go bad if I waited for the to eat them one by one. I also had an some very mushy pears and bananas that I pureed and am going to add to muffin batter for lunch today.

    Anonymous said...

    That sure looks good! Thanks for the recipe! After 103 degrees for a couple of days, it will be 95 here today. We haven't had rain in a while and our grass is turning brown, and the flowers are drying out, even with daily watering. love,andrea

    Niki said...

    I haven't gotten to bake since it has been so hot. We don't have AC, so I try to stay away from the oven.

    Your cake looks so yummy.

    Al Firdaus lifestile & interior said...

    rainy rainy rainy --its so cold!..don´t know where the summer is gone... we had pasta and salad;)
    your cake looks yummy!!!!hmmmh;)

    Anonymous said...

    That is a wonderful thing to do! Thanks four your lovely comment too.

    Mary said...

    I'm a sucker for a cake like that!

    No baking in my neck of the woods I'm still making pickles! There is currently a "thunder boomer" going on here and I hope it heralds some cooler weather. I nearly passed out mowing the yard yesterday.

    Lace up and Walk said...

    Like a lot of other places it is HOT here. Also very humid with thunderstorms most afternoons.
    The youth had a spaghetti dinner at church yesterday and I worked in the kitchen with them. You haven't lived until you've cook spaghetti for 200 people in a kitchen full of teenagers!:)

    suzitee said...

    Rainy and somewhat cold here in Perth, Western Australia...but that's to be expected in Winter ;) I'm planning to bake a carrot cake with cream cheese frosting for my best friends birthday later today...yummmmmmm!
    Your cake looks delicious...makes me want to go and buy myself a bundt pan!

    A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

    Looks delicious - I love Orange cakes and yours looks so moist! It is wet and rainy here in Perth still. Perfect weather for staying indoors and sewing and baking.

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