Daily Archives: March 3, 2012

Orange You Glad I Baked?

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Orange dinner last night, orange breakfast this morning…

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…and now, I present to you: orange dessert!!!

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When Jenny and I were at the 2012 Cupcake Challenge, one of the most memorable creations was a “7-up Cupcake.” I was really intrigued by the sound of it, so once I got home I did research on its rich (and bubbly) history. Made popular in the 50’s, you can bake one from scratch, but I found that most recipes involved a prepackaged cake mix, some instant pudding, and a bundt pan. My kinda baking.

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Yup, I’ve added one more tool to my arsenal – so you will finally see more than cookies, 8×8 bars, and loaves!

Anyway, back to the cake…

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…obviously, I didn’t use 7-Up. We had a cup left of Blood Orange Soda (which, surprisingly, still had its fizz) so I decided to put my own spin on the infamous soda cake.

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Blood Orange Soda Cake

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Combine cake and pudding with butter, eggs, and soda, using a hand mixer on low speed.

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Pour into greased and floured bundt pan (I used a combo spray). Bake for 45-50 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. While the cake cools make the glaze: bring soda and sugar to a boil over medium heat, about 2-3 minutes (until sugar is dissolved).

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Unmold the cake onto a large plate. I was pretty nervous about this step, because my tweeps told me it MUST cool first. After 15 minutes, she slid out beautifully!

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Glaze runneth over.

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Uh oh, see that sticky pool in the middle?!?

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That means this cake is going to be REALLY SWEET. I taste tested a few licks of the raw batter, and it probably could’ve done without the sugar glue…

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…seriously, that’s what it’s like – I had this entire plate on its side at one point and it wouldn’t budge!!!

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Chen’s House of Chicken and Waffles

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When I saw this new product at Trader Joe’s a few weeks ago, I had a feeling it would change our lives.

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I know their Frozen Orange Chicken is really popular, but I’ve never bought it, since I’d be the only one eating it in this household.

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Essentially, these are just Soy Nuggets that you bake, and a sweet sauce that you ding dong.

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What could be better with Orange Chicken than broccoli?

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How about purple waffles?

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(Some orange/pumpkin too.)

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The waffles got shoved in the oven with the “chicken” during their last 4 minutes of cooking…when it was all done I tossed everything together and served…

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Roscoe’s this is NOT…

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…but I have to say I REALLY loved my (almost) vegan dinner…

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…Abe did too – so I was right – life changing product.

Also stellar:

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I spent all night doing pilot prep…was so happy for break time…

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…Frozen Grapes + Dark Chocolate Kit Kat

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…almost as good as Orange Chicken + Purple Waffles.

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Speaking of crazy combos…

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