Cara Cara Orange Coffee Cake

Cara Cara Orange Coffee Cake

If you have never tried Cara Cara Orange Coffee Cake, or any orange coffee cake for that matter, you need to!  It really is amazing!  Hubby thinks so, too.  I cut a piece to take a picture later, put it aside and went about cleaning the mess I made in the kitchen.  I am a messy one!  

When the kitchen was clean,  I went to take the picture of my perfect little piece of Cara Cara Orange Coffee Cake and it was gone!  Geez, I thought after hubby ate three pieces, this piece would be safe.  No!  He ate it!  Hence, the photo below is not the perfect piece I wanted to take a picture of.  I had to take a picture in a hurry and hope for the best.  This is it in all its glory.  From now on, if I want to take a picture of something I’ll snap away or I’ll hide it!  Enjoy!

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Cara Cara Orange Coffee Cake

Cara Cara Orange Topping

  • 3 Cara Cara Oranges, or your favorite oranges, peeled, segmented and cut in pieces
  • (save the zest of at least 1 orange)
  • juice from oranges
  • 2 to 3 Tablespoons corn starch
  • 3 Tablespoons water
  • 2 to 3 Tablespoons sugar, if needed

Coffee Cake

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 7 Tablespoons margarine, sliced or diced

Crumb Topping

  • zest of 1 orange
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons margarine, sliced or diced

Directions

For Cara Cara Orange Topping:

  • Put pieces of oranges in a small sauce pan.
  • In a small cup or bowl, mix corn starch and water..start with 2 Tablespoons corn starch 
  • adding another Tablespoon if needed.
  • Pour into orange pieces.
  • Add sugar, more or less, depending how sweet oranges are.
  • Cook until thick. 
  • Put aside. 

For Coffee Cake:

  • Preheat oven to 375.  Grease 9×13 pan. I used Homemade Cake Release.
  • Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • Cut in margarine, using a pastry blender or fork, until mixture resembles coarse sand.
  • Put egg in measuring cup and add milk to make 1 cup.
  • Beat egg in milk.  Pour into flour mixture.  Mix well.
  • Spread in greased pan.
  • Spread Cara Cara Orange Topping over batter.

For Crumb Topping:

  • Whisk sugar, flour and zest of orange(s)
  • Cut in margarine until flour mixture is pea size.
  • Sprinkle over Cara Cara Orange Topping.
  • Cook 15 minutes in preheated oven.  
  • Turn pan around to ensure even heating.
  • Cook another 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown.
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Eat hot out of the oven!
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After being in the refrigerator over night.
Enjoy!