Orange Rosemary Cake

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While you should treat your mother like every day is Mother’s Day, the Sunday of Mother’s Day should be an extra special day. It should be a celebration of how great your mom is! Every celebration needs a cake, right? Well, if your mother is a fan of oranges and of cake, then this cake will be the perfect way to end a Mother’s Day meal.

The cake can be made the night before, tightly covered, and then iced before serving. When making, be sure to add the glaze while the cake is still warm. Before icing, make sure the cake with the glaze already added has completely cooled. Have a great Mother’s Day!

Orange Rosemary Cake
By Taylor
Makes 1 10-inch diameter bunt pan serves about 12


For cake:
1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), softened
1 1/2 cups granulated white sugar
3 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon almond extract
1/4 cup orange zest
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, chopped
1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted and chopped
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup sour cream

For orange glaze:
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice


Preheat oven to 350°F.

In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, mixing after each addition. Add the vanilla, orange and lemon zest, rosemary and almonds. Mix together. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Pour flour mixture, in halves, into mixing bowl, mixing after each addition. Add sour cream and mix until just incorporated. Be careful not to over mix.

Pour cake batter into a buttered and floured 10-inch diameter Bundt® pan. Bake for 40-45 minutes. The cake is done when a toothpick comes out clean.

Let cool for 5 minutes and then place on a wire cooling rack. When cake is completely cooled, carefully remove from pan.

While cake is cooling, prepare the glaze. In a small pan, add sugar and orange juice. Stir and bring to a boil. Let boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat.

Using a toothpick, poke holes about an inch apart across the cakes surface. Brush glaze over the surface of the cake.

Tip: put a plate under the cake to catch glaze that drips off.

Let cake and glaze cool completely before icing.

Orange Cream Icing
Ices 1 cake


1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
2 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons orange zest
1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
1 tablespoon orange zest
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
pinch of salt


Combine all ingredients into a food processor. Process until a smooth and creamy icing has formed. Prior to serving, pour over cooled cake.

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  1. Paula said:

    The cake recipe calls for 1/4 cup of orange zest. That can’t possibly be right. Also, the icing recipe looks like two different ingredient lists all as one — there are two separate call outs for orange zest, but no separate directions for the two quantities. This is a somewhat expensive recipe — it’s important to get these things right before you advertise it and waste our money.