Orange Soaked Bundt Cake

You’ll Need:

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour; more for the pan
2 cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
12 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened; more for the pan
3/4 cup canola or other mild flavored oil
(check for freshness before using)
1 1/2 tablespoons finely minced lemon zest (from about 2 lemons)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup strained fresh orange juice
5 large eggs

Syrup and Glaze
1/2 cup frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
2 tablespoons dark rum
1 cup confectioners’ sugar, divided

Procedures : Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Butter and flour a 10-inch tube pan or 12-cup Bundt pan.

Cake: Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder, and baking soda into the large bowl of a mixer and blend. Add the butter and mix on low speed until fine crumbs form. Then mix in the oil, lemon zest, vanilla extract, and orange juice. Add the eggs one at a time and then increase the speed to high and whisk the batter until light, about 3 minutes, scraping the sides of the bowl if necessary.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until a wooden pick inserted in the cake comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes.

Syrup and glaze: While the cake bakes, whisk together in a small bowl the orange juice concentrate, butter, rum, and 1/2 cup of the confectioners’ sugar.

When the cake is done, set the pan on a rack to cool for 5 minutes. With a thin skewer, poke the cake all the way through to the bottom of the pan in about 100 places. Pour 1/3 cup of the syrup over the cake and let stand for 1 hour before removing the cake from the pan. (At this point you can wrap the cake in plastic and hold for up to 3 days at room temperature; in fact, the flavor only improves.)

Cover the remaining syrup with plastic and store at room temperature.

When ready to serve, whisk the remaining 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar into the remaining syrup. Set the cake on a rack over a baking sheet and pour the glaze over the cake.

Let stand for at least 10 minutes before slicing and serving

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