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First and foremost, a great big thank you to Patricia at pattyscake-pbb.blogspot.com for this wonderful theme. Your favorite cocktail morphing to a Bundt cake. Ingenious. When you have a minute, check out her blog. She offers a nice assortment of recipes. Thanks also to King Arthur Flour where I found this recipe. I’ve been using King Arthur products for years and, to date, have never been disappointed.
The first time I ever ordered a Harvey Wallbanger, I was quite young and was anxious just to see the look on the waitress’s face ~ she couldn’t have been more bored by it all. So, at the very least, I got a great tasting drink on my wedding night. I was only 19 at the time but she served me anyway and in fact, she made a cute “love bug” for us out of things at the bar.
Any cake recipe works best if the butter, liquid and eggs are all at room temperature before they’re combined. Putting cold eggs into soft butter equals a curdled mess. To bring everything to room temperature right out of the frige, place the eggs in a bowl, and cover with the warmest tap water you can run over your hand. Let them sit while you measure out the dry ingredients and you’ll be all set. You can also do this with sticks of butter, still in their wrappers, in lukewarm water. It really works. Just pat the sticks dry with a paper towel before you unwrap them and put them in the mixing bowl. You can also heat a glass under hot water, then put the warmed glass over the stick of butter and it will become room temperature within a few minutes.
In a large mixing bowl, beat together the sugar, butter and salt until fluffy. Beat in the oil, then the vanilla and eggs, one at a time, beating until each egg completely disappears before adding the next one.
When it’s time to make the glaze, whisk some fresh squeezed orange juice and the booze together until smooth. The glaze will seem a little thick, but that’s okay, that’s how it should be.
Using a pastry brush, “paint” the cake while it’s still lukewarm. The heat from the cake will help the glaze travel over the cake and make a nice, smooth finish.
Enjoying this cake will undoubtedly bring back fond memories for all the baby boomers out there.