This is a lovely orange cake for when company calls.
Williamsburg Orange Cake
- 2 3/4 cups cake flour
- 1 1/2 cups white sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/4 cup shortening
- 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup golden raisins, chopped
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 tablespoon orange zest
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9×13 inch pan, two 9 inch round cake pans, or three 8 inch round cake pans.
2 In a large bowl, combine cake flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Mix in butter, shortening, buttermilk, eggs, raisins, nuts, orange zest and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer for 3 minutes on high speed. Pour batter into prepared pan.
3 Bake in preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Bake 9×13 inch pan 45 to 50 minutes, or layers 30 to 35 minutes. Allow to cool, and frost with Williamsburg Butter Frosting.