Orange Pound Cake

Orange Pound Cake made with freshly squeezed orange juice and orange zest is lightly brushed with an orange syrup then drizzled with an orange glaze. This pound cake is absolutely irresistible! It is very similar to the lemon loaf that I made back in December. As I was making the lemon loaf I knew that I wanted to try it out with oranges some day. That day came sooner than later since we have been “iced” in for the past four days. This rich and flavorful pound cake is certain to brighten any cold winters day. With the abundance of oranges in season right now, what are you waiting for?

Orange Pound Cake

Yield: 2 (9-inch) loaves

Ingredients:

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 cups granulated sugar
4 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
1/3 cup grated orange zest (from 6 oranges)
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
3/4 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the Orange Syrup:
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
1/2 cup sugar

For the Orange Glaze:
2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
4 to 6 tablespoons fresh orange juice

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease bottom and sides of two 9 x 5-inch loaf pans; dust with flour, tapping out excess. Line the bottoms with parchment paper.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. With the mixer still running, beat in the eggs, one at a time, and the orange zest.
In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In another small bowl, combine orange juice, buttermilk, and vanilla. Add the flour and buttermilk mixtures alternately to the batter, beginning and ending with the flour. Divide the batter evenly between the pans, smooth the tops, and bake for 40 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean. Let cool in the pans for 10 minutes.
While the loaf is cooling, make the orange syrup in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir together the orange juice and sugar until the sugar is completely dissolved. Once dissolved, continue to cook for 3 more minutes. Remove from the heat.
Remove loaves to a wire rack on top of a baking sheet. Use a toothpick to poke holes in the tops and sides of the loaves. Brush the tops and sides of the loaves with the orange syrup. Let the syrup soak into the cake and brush again. Let the cakes cool completely.
To make the orange glaze, in a small bowl, whisk together the confectioners' sugar and 4 tablespoons of the orange juice. The mixture should be thick but pourable. Add up to another tablespoon of orange juice if the mixture is too stiff. Pour the orange glaze over the top of each loaf and let it drip down the sides. Let the orange glaze harden, about 15 minutes, before serving.

Source: adapted from Dinner and Dessert