Orange Buttermilk Cake with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

Orange Buttermilk Cake with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

I was just talking to one of my best childhood friends, Steffi, from Germany.  Talking to her got me thinking about many of the things I miss from back home in Europe.  One small, but fond item that came to mind was triggered by seeing a jug of buttermilk in my fridge.  Germany makes the best flavored milk drinks (Mueller Milch), including flavored buttermilk.  You can go into any grocery store in Germany and find pint-sized cartons of delicious flavored buttermilk – all kinds of different fruity flavors.  (German buttermilk tastes significantly different than what you buy over here in the U.S..  It’s much milder for one thing.)  I used to love getting a carton of cold, refreshing berry or citrus-flavored buttermilk and drinking it in the car on the way home from a grocery trip.  So, I was looking at this jug of buttermilk in my fridge today, craving that fruity buttermilk from Germany.  I was in the mood for something sweet and fresh.  My eyes next caught hold of some oranges I had on the bottom shelf.  Buttermilk and oranges…oh, yes!  While I was tempted to just make a sweet orange buttermilk drink like the kind I would buy in Germany, I decided to go a different direction.  Within 5 minutes I was whipping up a new creation:  an Orange Buttermilk Cake with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Zest of one orange (just a little over 1 tablespoon)
  • ¼ cup butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
  • For the frosting
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 4 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons orange marmalade
  • 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon orange extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
Read the whole recipe on The Daring Gourmet