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Louisiana Ring Cake

A classic Southern dessert
Louisiana Ring Cake
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This old-fashioned cake is incredibly moist with a delicate orange flavor and a crunchy outer crust. It's delicious whether you make it with or without pecans, and pairs perfectly with a cup of coffee.

This recipe originally appeared in The Baltimore Sun.

Ingredients

For the batter:

  • 2 and 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 Teaspoon salt
  • 2 Teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 and 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 Cup shortening (such as Crisco)
  • 3/4 Cups milk
  • 1 Teaspoon orange extract
  • 1/4 Teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 eggs, unbeaten

For the topping:

  • 3/4 Cups batter
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • 3 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 Teaspoon orange extract
  • 1/2 Cup chopped pecans (optional)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon grated orange rind (optional)

Directions

For the batter:

Step 1: Preheat oven to 375 F. Grease and flour a 10-to-12 cup tube pan.

Step 2: Sift 2 and 3/4 cups flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt into a large mixing bowl. Add 1 and 3/4 cup sugar and blend.

Step 3: Cut in 1 cup of shortening (like making a pie crust dough). Add 3/4 cup milk, 1 teaspoon orange extract, 1/4 teaspoon almont extract and 3 eggs, beat thoroughly. Set aside.

For the topping:

Step 1: Take 3/4 cup of reserved batter and add 2 tablespoons flour, 3 tablespoons brown sugar, 3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar, 1/4 teaspoon orange extract, 1/2 cup chopped pecans and 1/2 teaspoon grated orange rind (if using). Mix well.

Step 2: Spread topping mixture in bottom of prepared tube pan. Pour remaining batter on top.

Step 3: Bake at 375 F for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until a cake tester comes out clean.

Step 4: Remove from pan immediately or topping will stick. Cool.