Treasure Chest Cake

A fruity spice cake that has been in our family for years. The frosting is really tasty.

Treasure Chest Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 large orange
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 4 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest

Instructions

1 Sqeeze the juice from the orange, and then remove the white from the peel. Place the peel, nuts and raisins in a food processor, and grind coarsely. Add the orange juice to the nut mixture.

2 Cream the shortening and sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat the egg, and add it to the creamed mixture.

3 Sift together the flour, soda, baking powder, and spices. Add the flour mixture alternately with the the buttermilk to the creamed mixture. Stir in 3/4 of the nut mixture, and reserve the rest for the icing.

4 Pour batter into a greased and floured 10 inch square pan. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for about 1 hour. Cool.

5 To Make Frosting: Blend the cream and vanilla with the confectioners’ sugar in a small mixing bowl. Add the remaining nut mixture and the grated orange rind. Frost the cooled cake with this icing.

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