Who can deny the nostalgic summer flavors of orange & vanilla? The sweet siren song of the ice cream truck, as it speeds by your neighborhood at virtual warp speed...followed by legions of screaming children all desperate for a brief taste of icy bliss. Pure joy, juxtaposed against those carnival-esque, nightmarish sped up tunes: Mulberry Bush, Pop Goes the Weasel, and the like. I once even heard a freakish version of "I've Got Rhythm"......yep....I'm a hardcore fan of Orange and vanilla.
I used my own vanilla cake recipe and simply folded in some orange zest right before pouring it into the pan, along with a little pure orange extract. I iced and filled the cake with orange-vanilla frosting, again just adding a little orange extract to my vanilla frosting, to taste. (I posted a simple frosting recipe on the recipes page). Any vanilla cake recipe should work, but please don't use a box mix...scratch baking is so much easier than people think, and the results are worth it! All you need is a solid recipe and a little know-how...and (while they mean well), try not to take vegan baking advice from non-vegans...I don't give advice on how to roast a rack of lamb. ;o)