Lemon Cake to Orange Cake?

I'm attaching a Lemon Cake recipe that I love (I got it from a neighbor of my mother). I want to make it as an orange cake but worry that it will be too sweet. Any suggestions in adapting the recipe for oranges?
Also, any thoughts about cutting back on the sugar without sacrificing taste/flavor/texture? Thanks!

  • Posted by: DebJ
  • June 17, 2012
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DebJ June 18, 2012
Thanks for the responses. I'll try RachelS's suggestions this weekend when I harvest my neighbor's orange tree (with permission of course!).

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Rachel S. June 18, 2012
Hm. I bet you could just sub orange zest for the lemon zest and get a great, bright orange flavor without altering too much of the cake recipe. I might actually keep the lemon juice (as opposed to switching it for orange juice) since orange juice is sweeter and lemon juice will likely not detract from the orange flavor of the zest. I would adjust the amount of zest, however, depending on the size of the fruit since oranges are often bigger than lemons and you could wind up with a very zesty cake if you used two oranges (but all the better if that's the kind of flavor you would like)! Also, if you are worried about sweetness, I've found that in some sugar-rich cakes you can subtract a half-cup of sugar without noticeably affecting the cake.
drbabs June 18, 2012
Great suggestions!
DebJ July 6, 2012
Hi, Rachel - I took your advice. The cake came out very nicely: it didn't suffer from the loss of a half-cup of sugar and had a nice flavor. I'd like it a little more orange-y so when I bake it again I will try all orange, juice and rind. Thanks so much.
Maedl June 18, 2012
The recipe has too much sugar for my taste. I would be tempted to use a pound cake recipe--if you use the traditional recipe for pound cake, perhaps use the peel from 2 to 3 oranges, substitute orange juice for milk, toss in some chopped walnuts or pecans, and bake in a tube pan. When the cake is done, remove from the oven, poke holes in it with a fork or toothpick, and pour over a syrup of orange juice and sugar. his is the kind of age that improves as it sits--if you can keep it around.
DebJ June 18, 2012
drbabs and others.... here is the list of ingredients for the lemon cake I want to turn into an orange cake. Thanks for your help.

2 lemon rinds, grated
3 tbs lemon juice
3 cups sifted flour
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 cup butter, room temperature
3 cups sugar
5 large eggs
1 cup buttermilk, room temp.
drbabs June 17, 2012
I don't know if it's just my iPad, but I can't read the recipe at all. Can you scan it in larger? Or just list the ingredients for us?
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