Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Orange Coffee Cake

It's definitely Spring!  And, for me, Spring calls for tons of fun, bright citrus recipes.  Lemon bars, Key Lime Shortbread Muffins, and more... 'tis the season! This Orange Coffee Cake is light, moist, and perfect for a tender May morning...


1 cup flour
2/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
juice of one orange + necessary milk to equal 1/2 cup liquid, total
zest of one orange, divided


Combine flour, 2/3 cup sugar, baking powder, and salt.  Mix in butter, egg, vanilla, and orange juice/milk.  Add half of the orange zest. Pour into greased 9" round pan.  Combine remaining half of orange zest with 2 tablespoons of sugar.  Sprinkle over top of batter.  Bake at 350 for approx. 20 minutes.

That orange zest/sugar topping?  So delish.  Don't leave it off.  Something magical happens when you combine zest and sugar!

Linked to:
Tasty Tuesday
Tempt My Tummy Tuesday

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