I almost killed my husband. I didn’t mean to (no, really–honest), but I came super-close. How? I made him a delicious, wholesome, healthy dessert–a bowl of fruit, to be precise. Just half a wee little Gala apple and maybe three-quarters of an orange. Seemed so harmless at the time…but no, ’twas not to be.
Later that night, I woke to the incredibly irritating, incessant scratching of my husband…what I imagine it would be like to be in bed with a crackhead. Being the Sleeping Beauty that I am, I of course gently roused (read: kicked and shoved) him from sleep so that he could swallow a Benedryl and put a stop to all this nonsense. [Side note: This happened (to a much lesser degree) once before, when he drank a tall glass of freshly pureed fruit juice directly from the VitaMatrix. On that day, he was quickly cured with a couple of the pink pills.]
So after encouraging my husband to take medical action [read: kicking him out of the warm bed and out into the frigid temperatures of the living room], I of course promptly fell back asleep. Little did I know that the Benedryl didn’t quickly end the reaction as I’d assumed. Apparently, my beloved was up all night, rolling about on the carpet to scratch his back, tearing little holes in his arms with his stumpy fingernails, and (I quote) “being careful to notice if my throat started to close up”…all whilst I slept like the beautiful blonde angel that I am.
The following day, I woke up next to a very strange looking man…some sort of cross between an albino gorilla and Angelina Jolie with a bad Botox injection. Luckily, a few more rounds of the Benny took care of it…but still. After that fiasco, I don’t ask the hub to eat fruit anymore. He’s off the hook. So now I’ve been looking for ways to use all these oranges I have stashed in the fridge (I’m not a big citrus fan myself). For this one, I pureed the oranges whole in the VitaMatrix…presto! Orange juice.
So yeah anyway, this cake looks festive. A little elegant but still just cozy. Maybe good to bring to a wake perhaps. You could make this a bread too…a cakey-fabulous ultra-moist concoction that’s just a little less bundt-shaped and a little more loaf-like.
6 Tbs Butter, melted
1 c Sugar
3 Tbs Orange Juice
1 3/4 c Flour
1/4 tsp Cinnamon
3/4 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Orange Extract
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/2 c Milk
1 c Chopped Cherries, dredged in flour
1/4 c Sugar
2 Tbs Orange Juice
Preheat oven to 350. Oil and flour a bundt cake pan (if you don’t have one, you could also use a loaf pan for this). Whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a medium bowl. In a large bowl, beat together the butter and sugar. Set aside. Add the eggs, one at a time, to the butter mixture, beating until well-incorporated. Now add the extracts to the milk, then alternate adding these combined ingredients and the flour mixture to the butter/sugar bowl. Beat it up.
Pour the batter into your prepared pan and bake for about 55 minutes (until a toothpick inserted near the center emerges clean). Top with glaze while still warm.
Combine the sugar and orange juie a small saucepan. Cook and stir over medium heat until it’s a nice hot, sticky syrupy mess. Pour over cake.