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Orange Marmalade Cake

Ingredients 

FOR THE CAKE:

  • ¾ cup shortening
  • 1 ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 orange rind grated
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ cup water
  • 3 cups all purpose flour  
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon salt

FOR THE FILLING:

  • 1 ¼ cups orange marmalade
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

FOR THE FROSTING:

  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange rind

Instructions 

MAKE THE CAKE:

  • Preheat the oven to 375º Fahrenheit. Grease with shortening and flour 3 8” round cake pans.
  • In a large bowl, cream the shortening and sugar until smooth.
  • Add the eggs, one at a time, beating between each addition.
  • Mix in the grated orange rind.
  • Mix the fruit juices with the water in a measuring cup. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Add the flour to the egg mixture alternately with the juice, mixing between each addition.
  • Pour the batter evenly between the 3 prepared pans.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the center of the cake tests done.
  • Allow the cakes to cool in the pans for 5 minutes, then remove them to a wire rack to cool completely.

MIX THE FILLING:

  • In a small bowl, combine the marmalade and nuts. Set aside.

MAKE THE FROSTING:

  • Combine the egg whites, sugar, orange juice and corn syrup in the top of a double boiler. Mix thoroughly.
  • Place over boiling water and beat constantly until mixture holds a peak. This will take at least 7 minutes, but most likely closer to 10 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat.
  • Add grated orange rind and beat until thick enough to spread.
  • Makes 5-6 cups of frosting.

ASSEMBLE THE CAKE:

  • Place one cake layer on a cake plate.
  • Top with half of the marmalade filling.
  • Place another cake on top.
  • Top with the remaining marmalade filling.
  • Place the last cake layer on top. Frost the outside with the whipped frosting.
  • Decorate with orange slices

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