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- mrs. wiggs
- 3 cups (700 ml) cake flour
- 1/2 tsp (2 ml). baking soda
- 1/2 tsp (2 ml). salt
- 1 cup (225 ml) butter
- 2 cups (475 ml) sugar
- 3 eggs, room temp, beaten lightly
- 1 tbsp (15 ml) grated orange zest
- 1-1/2 tsp (7 ml). vanilla
- 1 cup (225 ml) buttermilk
- Orange syrup:
- 1 cup (225 ml) orange juice
- 1/4 cup (60 ml) sugar
- 1 cup (225 ml) orange marmalade
- 3/4 cup (175 ml) well-chilled heavy cream
- 3 tbsp (45 ml) sugar
- 3/4 cup (175 ml) well-chilled sour cream
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees (175 C.).
- Butter 2 9" round cake pans, line w/wax paper.
- Butter and flour lined pans.
- In bowl, sift together flour, soda, and salt.
- In a large bowl beat butter w/electric mixer.
- Add sugar a little at a time beating till fluffy.
- Add eggs, zest, and vanilla and beat well.
- 1/3 Add dry ingredients alternately with 1/2 of the buttermilk and mix well.
- 1/3 Add more dry ingredients, then buttermilk and mix well.
- End with 1/3 dry ingredients and beat until smooth.
- Divide between pans, smooth surface and rap each pan on countertop to expel bubbles.
- Bake 45 minutes or until tests done.
- Cool on racks 20 minutes.
- While cake is baking mix oj and sugar in small bowl until sugar dissolves.
- While cake is still warm poke holes at 1/2" intervals with a fork.
- Spoon syrup over layers.
- Cool layers completely.
- Make filling by melting marmalade in in microwave until just melted(watch closely).
- Cool 5 minutes.
- In bowl whip cream with sugar until firm peaks form.
- Whisk in sour cream, a little at a time until of spreading consistency.
- Put one layer of cake on serving plate and peel off wax paper.
- 2/3 Spread of marmalade on top of layer.
- Invert second layer on top of first layer.
- Spoon remaining marmalade on top of cake, leaving 1 1/4" border around edge.
- Frost sides and border with frosting or frost all of the cake and add marmalade as garnish.
- Chill two hours before serving.
- I found this recipe on the Mitfordbooks site. I am anxious to try it.
Editors note: Thank you, Mrs. Wiggs, for looking this recipe up for us. After reading 5 of the Mitford books by Jan Karon I felt that I too needed to find the recipe for Esther's Marmelade Cake!
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