When the weight of the world seems heavy…let ’em eat cake!
I am sure many of you have your go-to recipes….you know the ones where you have it memorized and when unexpected guests are coming or you need that really quick dessert?
Yep, that is the one.
Or three…oh my goodness, we all have quite a few recipes just like that.
I came home from a short trip down to Naples early this bright Monday morning and as I drove into my driveway….one of my dear neighbors was walking back to her house. I called out to her and I could tell she was upset.
She told me she had to go to her home as she forgot something she wanted to show me, but that she would be back over.
She had been crying, but I didn’t pry at that time. I knew she would be back….just as I knew she would tell me when she was ready.
Sometimes one just needs to listen….and perhaps share a slice of cake.
Only, I did not have any cake in the house…remember…I said I was returning from an overnight stay in Naples.
Sooooo I rushed into the house thinking what could be better than having a piece of something warm and sweet to make one feel just a little bit or a whole lot better.
And then a light-bulb went off in my head and I remembered my cuppa cuppa Mandarin Orange Cake.
The actual name of the recipe is Mandarin Orange Cake but I added the cuppa cuppa because it calls for 2 cups of everything.
So I turned on the oven, filled the tea pot and went about making my cake. This cake is so easy and it is so moist because of the mandarin oranges.
…..And it is easy to remember the ingredients.
When my friend came back to the house, the tears were gone and as soon as she smelled the cake in the oven….I saw her familiar smile.
We sat down and talked and talked and talked while the cake baked. I jumped up and quickly made the glaze and as I pulled the cake out of the oven….I poured the warm glaze over the top.
I didn’t have any whipped cream….but we really didn’t need it.
We sat and ate Mandarin Orange Cake and drank our tea until all was just a bit more right with the world.
Does cake solve every problem?
Of course not, but it sure makes the medicine go down a lot easier.
You know the lyric from the Mary Poppins song….a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down?
I have had this recipe for years and it came from an office potluck…isn’t that the way most of these good recipes end up in our recipe boxes?
This recipe came from a lady who used to do the filing at a business I worked for about 40 years ago….her name was Edith.
She brought it to work at the potluck and I thought it was so good, I asked her for the recipe and I have been making it ever since.
Each time I make it, I get asked for the recipe. It is a simple cake and very moist. It is easy to remember because everything is 2 cups or teaspoons.
Please try this cuppa cuppa Mandarin Orange Cake….and you don’t have to wait for a sad day, but I guarantee once you taste the goodness, you will be a lot happier.
The handy dandy printable recipe is below….but it is an easy one to memorize.
Enjoy! And have a great beginning to your week!
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 cans of mandarin oranges (small cans, drained)
- 2 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt.
- 3/4 brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons milk
- 2 tablespoons butter
- Combine eggs, sugar, mandarin oranges, flour, baking soda and salt in a medium size bowl.
- Grease and flour (or using baking spray) a 9X13 baking dish
- Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
- While baking, put brown sugar,milk and butter in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil.
- Prick cake with fork and pour topping over warm cake right after taking from the oven.
- Top each piece with whipped cream right over the glaze if desired
- You can omit the glaze, but why would you want to? It makes this orange cake so wonderfully moist and tasty! I love it with my morning hot tea! And so will you!