This has won three Blue Ribbons at three different fairs. When making the frosting make sure that you use fresh squeezed juice rather than bottled.
Blue Ribbon White Cake
5 tablespoons corn starch
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups white sugar
2/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup milk
3/4 cup water
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
4 egg whites
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
6 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons orange zest
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and line two 9-inch round cake pans with parchment paper. Then grease and flour the paper.
2 Sift together the cornstarch, flour, baking powder and salt.
3 Add the oil, milk, water and vanilla. Beat until it forms a very smooth batter.
4 In a separate bowl beat the egg whites until frothy, add the cream of tartar and beat until stiff peaks form. Gradually add the sugar and beat until very well blended.
5 Fold the egg whites into the batter. Pour batter into the prepared pans.
6 Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool then frost with Orange Frosting.
7 Cream the butter until light and fluffy. Add the orange zest and salt. Beat in the confectioners’ sugar alternately with the orange and lemon juices. Continue to beat until light and fluffy. Use to frost cooled cake.