Cakes, Quick Breads

Orange Vanilla Yogurt Cake with Orange Glaze

This is a tasty little cake, like a sweet bread with frosting.  I first saw a picture on Pinterest and found the recipe in a couple places, so not quite sure who to give the credit.  The recipe calls for vanilla bean but I have this handy bottle of vanilla paste that has the beautiful speckles of vanilla bean in the syrupy goodness, so I used that instead.


1 egg
1 egg yolk
1 cup sugar
3 tsp vanilla paste
1/2 cup oil
1²⁄3 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 (6 oz) vanilla yogurt
6 Tbl orange juice, divided

Spray two small loaf pans.  Preheat oven to 350°.  Using electric mixer, beat egg, egg yolk, and sugar.  Add vanilla paste, and oil, mix well.  In medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.   Add dry ingredients alternately with yogurt and 2 Tbl orange juice.

Pour into prepared pans and bake for 35-40 minutes.  Remove from oven.  Using toothpick poke holes into cakes.  Pour remaining 4 Tbl orange juice over hot loaves.   Let cool 10 minutes and remove from pans.  Place on wire rack to cool.  Glaze when cool.

Orange Glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
orange juice
orange zest

Combine powdered sugar, orange zest, and enough orange juice for desired consistency for glaze (I made mine a little thicker).  Pour over cooled loaves.

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Orange Creamsicle Cookies

I just had to try this one, it sounded so good…and it is!  Incredible orange flavor from the orange zest.

2½ cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 Tbl orange juice
zest of 1 large orange
2 cups white chips

Preheat oven to 375°.

In a bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt, set aside.  In a large bowl, cream butter, sugar, and brown sugar.  Add egg, vanilla, and orange juice.  Add flour mixture, mix just until combined.  Stir in orange zest and chips.

Drop scoops of cookie dough onto ungreased cookie sheets.  Bake 8 – 10 minutes or until barely start to turn golden around edges. Do not over bake.  Cool a few minutes on cookie sheets, transfer to rack, cool completely.

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Breads, Breakfast, Quick Breads

Orange Cranberry Currant Scones

Pretty little scones.  Pretty to look at and delicious to eat.

Orange Cranberry Currant Scones

1¾ cups flour
1/3 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
5 Tbl cold butter, in pieces
1/4 cup finely chopped craisins
1/4 cup currants
zest of 1 orange
juice from 1 orange plus enough buttermilk to make 2/3 cup
buttermilk and sparkle sugar (or regular sugar)

Preheat oven to 400°.   Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.  Cut cold butter into dry ingredients.  Stir in craisins, currants, and orange zest.  Squeeze juice of orange into liquid measuring cup and add buttermilk to make 2/3 cup.  Stir juice and buttermilk into dry ingredients just until moistened.  Gently roll out on floured surface to 1/2” thick.  Cut and place on cookie sheet.  Brush tops with buttermilk and sprinkle with sugar.  Bake for 12 minutes.  Makes 12 2½” diameter scones.  Can substitute mini chocolate chips for craisins and currants.

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Brownies & Bars, Dessert

Orange Cream Swirl Brownies

Easy and perfect for Halloween!  One of my dad’s favorite things is orange sticks, an orange jelly candy covered with dark chocolate shaped like a stick.  So, I learned at a young age to love these two flavors together.  Here is this orange chocolate flavor combination together in brownie form.  Maybe every flavor combination works in brownie form, something to keep me up at night…

Orange Cream Swirl Brownies

1 pkg (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
zest of 1 orange
1 tsp orange juice
1 egg
yellow & red food color
1 box (1 lb 2 oz) fudge brownie mix
2/3 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup water
1 egg

Heat oven to 350°.  Line a 9″ square pan with foil (I know, brownie mix says for 13×9, please trust me) and spray with non-stick cooking spray.

In medium bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, orange zest, orange juice and 1 egg with electric mixer.  Add 2 drops each yellow and red food color (more if you want a more intense orange) to make pretty orange color, set aside.

In another medium bowl, combine by hand brownie mix, oil, water and 1 egg until well blended.  Spread half of batter in pan.  Gently pour cream cheese mixture over batter, lightly spread.  Carefully spoon remaining batter on top, spread gently to cover.  Using butter knife, slowly cut through batters to make swirl affect, not too much.

Bake 47 to 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted 1″ from side of pan comes out almost clean. Cool completely, about 1½ hours.  When cool, remove brownies from pan by gently lifting foil, set on cutting board and cut.   Store covered in refrigerator.

Breads, Quick Breads

Orange Chocolate Chip Bread

Isn’t it great to combine flavors with chocolate?  Orange & chocolate, raspberry & chocolate, marshmallow & chocolate, peanut butter & chocolate, caramel & chocolate, the list can go on and on.  Here we have the combination of orange and chocolate in a quick bread, and it does not disappoint!

zest of 1 large orange, minced
1/3 cup orange juice
2/3 cup boiling water
2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
2 Tbl butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup semisweet mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350°.  Spray 1 large loaf pan or 3 small loaf pans.  In small bowl, combine orange zest, orange juice, and boiling water and let stand for 10 minutes.  In large bowl, whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  In another bowl, beat together egg, butter, and vanilla, then when OJ mixture is ready, mix into egg mixture.  Stir orange mixture into flour mixture just until moistened.  Fold in chocolate chips, then pour into prepared loaf pan or pans.  Bake large for 55-65 minutes, small for 32-36 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Cool in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes before removing from pan/pans.  Cool completely on wire rack.