Source: Family Circle


Recipe Summary

30 mins
30 mins
32 mins
1 hr 32 mins




  • Heat oven to 350° F. Coat three 9 x 2-inch baking pans with nonstick cooking spray. Line bottoms with wax paper. Coat paper.

  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Set aside.

  • In a second large bowl, beat butter until creamy. Add sugar and beat until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. In a medium-size bowl, mix together milk, juice, yogurt, zest and vanilla.

  • On low, beat flour mixture into butter mixture in 3 additions, alternating with orange juice mixture. Beat on medium 2 minutes. Divide batter among prepared pans.

  • Bake at 350° F for 30 to 32 minutes, until toothpicks inserted in centers come out clean. Cool cakes on wire rack 10 minutes. Turn cakes out onto rack; remove wax paper. Cool completely. Trim cakes with serrated knife if necessary.

  • Beat butter in a large bowl until fluffy, about 1 minute. Add confectioners' sugar, orange juice, milk and extracts. Beat on low 1 minute until blended. Beat 1 minute until smooth. Add 1 to 2 more tablespoons of milk, if necessary, for good spreading consistency. Beat in a few drops of orange food coloring, if desired.

  • Place 1 cake layer on a serving plate. Spread about 1 cup of the frosting over top. Place another cake layer on frosted layer and spread with another 1 cup of the frosting. Cover with remaining cake layer. Frost top and sides with remaining frosting.

  • Chill at least 30 minutes before decorating.

Piping Pointers

Make a half batch of frosting; divide into 3 portions. Tint 1 green, 1 orange and 1 yellow. Spoon into 3 pastry bags; fit with couplers.

Vine. With toothpick,outline vine on side of cake.Use #3 writing tip to fill invine with green frosting.

Flowers. Pipe 12 orange flowers along vine with #16 star tip, using a squeeze-and-release motion.

Leaves. Make leaves using #352 tip. With yellow frosting and #3 writing tip, pipe centers of flowers.

Nutrition Facts

505 calories; fat 17g; cholesterol 86mg; saturated fat 11g; carbohydrates 85g; protein 4g; sodium 100mg.