When it’s time to celebrate a birthday in our house, I prefer to make a homemade cake. It’s more personal and it feels special, which is how you want the birthday person to feel, right? Normally, the requested flavor is chocolate, but I wanted something with a bit more flare, yet easy. Well, nothing can be easier than this Orange Crush cake recipe; a box of cake mix, Orange Crush soda and you are in business! Below, find the easy to make recipe and a great way to frost your cake to make it look all fancy.
“I’ve Got My Spine, I’ve Got My Orange Crush”
My husband and I recently dropped our youngest off at college for his sophomore year. I thought it would get easier- these drop off days- but it doesn’t, especially after having them home all summer long. We lingered a bit longer than I’m sure they wanted us to; I helped make the bed, my husband tried to help unpack clothes, but it was soon apparent we were just in the way. As we shared goodbye hugs, I wanted to be pushing pause, but instead, waved through the summer air as the car slowly rolled down the lane.
I clicked the radio button before turning off campus and upon hearing REM singing Orange Crush, I was brought back to my own college days of hanging with friends, late night pizza, cramming for exams and having that feeling of freedom that college allows. He was back in his element and I was happy for him. Although, I then felt guilty for not making cookies or a cake or something to leave behind!
The song also made me think of this cake recipe that has been sitting in my draft folder for some time now. I made this Orange Crush cake a few years ago for our daughter’s birthday and it was my first attempt at “Ombre” decorating. It was a lot easier than I thought it would be and the end product looks as though hours were spent putting it together. Ahh, what a few drops of food coloring can do! But, as I mentioned above, it still took some time to create the flourishes, was homemade, and most importantly, made her feel special.
This cake really is super easy- a bottle of soda, a box of cake mix and frosting and you are good to go. If you don’t want to make the frosting from scratch, just use already made- no harm, no foul.
- 1 box white cake mix
- 1 bottle or can Orange soda (measure out 12 oz.)
- ½ lb butter (2 sticks), room temperature
- 1 package cream cheese (8oz.), room temperature
- 1 lb. package confectioners’ sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Orange food coloring
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease and flour 2 cake pans.
- In big bowl, Combine cake mix and 1 can (or measure out 12 oz.) orange soda. DO NOT ADD ANYTHING ELSE TO THE CAKE MIX.
- Pour into greased and floured cake pans and bake for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick tests clean.
- Cool 10 minutes in pan then turn out to wire rack to cool completely.
- Make frosting:
- In mixer, combine butter, cream cheese, sugar and vanilla. Whip together for 2-3 minutes until smooth.
- Separate into thirds. In one bowl, add enough orange coloring for a deep orange.
- In second bowl, make orange a few shades lighter.
- In last bowl, even lighter.
- Place one cooled cake on platter. Top with thin layer of lightest color. Top with second layer of cake and spread a very thin layer of frosting over entire cake.
- Place each shade of orange colored frosting in three separate pastry bags with large star tip (Wilton 1M).
- With darkest color, swirl rosettes on bottom. Repeat with middle color. Finish with lightest color.
- If you do not want to make cream cheese frosting, you can easily buy a tub of vanilla frosting and use that instead.
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