The Fresh Orange Curd is the star of the show. It is spread inwards betwixt each of the cake layers too adds the most amazing flavor...It's sweet, only non likewise sweet. The orangish juice too orangish rind adds the perfect hint of freshness, which volition larn far difficult to resist a 2nd piece. The contrast of the fresh tartness of the oranges amongst the sweetness of the cake is a combination that is sheer perfection here.
And therefore yous stimulate got the Pecan-Cream Cheese Icing too Glazed Pecan Halves...Oh.My.Goodness...This cake is heaven! I've already set inwards a asking for this cake 1 time again adjacent year! It would brand a showstopping cake at your Thanksgiving or Christmas celebrations this year. I tin dismiss personally guarantee that your guests volition autumn inwards beloved amongst it!
1/2 loving cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2 loving cup shortening
ii cups sugar
v large eggs, separated
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
ii cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 loving cup buttermilk
1 loving cup sweetened flaked coconut
Fresh Orange Curd (recipe below)
iii cups Pecan-Cream Cheese Frosting
1/2 loving cup sweetened flaked coconut, lightly toasted (optional)
Glazed Pecan Halves (optional)
Beat butter too shortening at medium speed amongst an electrical mixer until fluffy; gradually add together sugar, beating well. Add egg yolks, 1 at a time, beating until blended afterward each addition. Add vanilla; shell until blended.
Combine flour too soda; add together to saccharide mixture alternately amongst buttermilk, showtime too ending amongst flour mixture. Beat at depression speed until blended afterward each addition. Stir inwards 1 loving cup flaked coconut.
Beat egg whites until potent peaks form; plication into batter. Pour batter into iii greased too floured 9-inch circular cakepans.
Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted inwards middle comes out clean. Cool inwards pans on wire racks for 10 minutes; take away from pans, too cool completely on wire racks.
Spread 3/4 loving cup chilled Fresh Orange Curd betwixt layers; spread remaining Fresh Orange Curd on locomote on of cake. (The Fresh Orange Curd layer on locomote on of cake volition live real thick.) If desired, loosely embrace cake, too chill 8 hours. (Chilling the cake amongst the curd betwixt the layers helps piece of job along the layers inwards house too makes it much easier to spread the frosting.) Spread iii cups Pecan-Cream Cheese Frosting on sides of cake, reserving remaining frosting for some other use. Sprinkle 1/2 loving cup toasted kokosnoot over locomote on of cake, if desired. Arrange Glazed Pecan Halves around locomote on border of cake, if desired. Store inwards fridge until laid upwardly to serve. Arrange Boxwood Garland around bottom border of cake earlier serving, if desired.
Note: Cake may live frosted amongst Pecan-Cream Cheese Frosting forthwith afterward adding the Fresh Orange Curd, only the cake layers volition non live equally steady.
Fresh Orange Curd
Yield: Makes nigh iii cups
1 loving cup sugar
1/4 loving cup cornstarch
ii cups fresh orangish juice (about four pounds bellybutton oranges)
iii large eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 loving cup butter
1 tablespoon grated orangish rind
Combine saccharide too cornstarch inwards a 3-quart saucepan; gradually whisk inwards fresh orangish juice. Whisk inwards lightly beaten eggs. Bring to a boil (5 to vi minutes) over medium heat, whisking constantly.
Cook, whisking constantly, 1 to ii minutes or until mixture reaches a pudding-like thickness. Remove from heat, too whisk inwards butter too grated orangish rind. Cover, placing plastic roll straight on curd, too chill 8 hours.
Pecan-Cream Cheese Frosting
Yield: Makes nigh four cups
1 (8-ounce) parcel cream cheese, softened
1/2 loving cup butter, softened
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 (16-ounce) parcel powdered sugar
1 loving cup chopped pecans, toasted
Beat firstly iii ingredients at medium speed amongst an electrical mixer until creamy. Gradually add together powdered sugar, beating at depression speed until blended. Beat at high speed until smooth; stir inwards pecans.
Glazed Pecan Halves
Yield: Makes ii cups
ii cups pecan halves
1/3 loving cup low-cal corn syrup
Vegetable cooking spray
Combine pecan halves too corn syrup, stirring to coat pecans. Line a 15- x 10-inch jellyroll pan amongst parchment newspaper or aluminum foil; coat amongst cooking spray. Arrange pecan halves inwards an fifty-fifty layer inwards pan.
Bake at 350° for 12 minutes; stir using a prophylactic spatula. Bake 8 to a greater extent than minutes. Remove from oven, too stir; conform inwards an fifty-fifty layer on wax paper, too allow cool completely.