Today is National Oranges and Lemons Day! Who doesn't love a holiday celebration for lemons and oranges? Citrus is so versatile in cakes. I'm lucky to have both lemon and orange trees in my garden. Here's a recipe from Southern Living (originally from Stop and Smell the Rosemary, Junior League of Houston) to celebrate the holiday--and perfect for a Spring Tea.
LEMON-ORANGE BUNDT CAKE
2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened, plus more for greasing pan
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
6 large eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pan
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup whole buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon lemon extract
2 cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons whole milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
1 drop yellow food coloring gel
Thin lemon or orange slices, optional
Prepare the Cake:
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a 12-cup Bundt pan.
Beat sugar, butter, and shortening in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, 5 to 6 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.
Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a bowl. Alternately add flour mixture and buttermilk to butter mixture in 5 additions, beginning and ending with flour, beating until blended after each addition. Beat in vanilla and lemon extracts. Transfer batter to prepared pan; smooth top. Bake in preheated oven until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes. Cool in pan on a wire rack 10 minutes; remove from pan, and cool completely on rack, 30 to 40 minutes.
Prepare Vanilla Icing:
Whisk together powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract in a bowl until smooth. Drizzle icing over Cake, letting it drip down sides. Refrigerate 10 minutes to allow icing to set.
Prepare the Lemon-Orange Icing:
Whisk together powdered sugar, fresh lemon and orange juices, and yellow food coloring gel in a bowl until smooth. Drizzle Lemon-Orange Icing over Vanilla Icing, letting it drip down sides. Let stand until set, about 20 minutes. Garnish with thin lemon or orange slices, if desired.