Theresa's Mixed Nuts: Honey Orange Valencia Cake

Thursday, November 2, 2023

Honey Orange Valencia Cake

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There's snow on the ground, we'll be back to pitch black skies at 4pm next week, and Mariah Carey is all thawed out, so I guess that means we are officially in the Christmas season! With the exception of that one week in November that we have to dedicate to Thanksgiving here in the US, I am ready for jingle bells and ho ho ho's and all the baked goodies I can get my greedy little hands on. I haven't done much baking this year myself, but I did owe my father in law a birthday present from all the way back in July, so I thought I'd make good on that over the weekend and whip up a batch of his favorite chocolate chip cookies. And while I was at it, I figured why not make a cake with the abundance of oranges stocked in my kitchen? I needed to use them up anyway before we head off to Colorado next week, so there would be no better time than the present to do so. I've had this Honey Orange Valencia Cake recipe from Golden Blossom Honey saved since last Easter and thought it would be beautiful on any holiday dessert table this year. 

Oranges in stockings at Christmas seems to be a thing of the past. It's not something my family ever did in their celebrations, but since mandarins and oranges are a winter fruit, we do tend to consume them more here when the weather gets nippy. I usually find some way to incorporate them into my holiday baking, and since we'll be home for Christmas and not traveling this year, I am thinking that I'll be making this orange cake to take to the in-laws as my dinner contribution. It's one of the simpler cakes I've ever made, but oh so flavorful! Pair it with a hot cup of coffee at dessert time and I can't think of a better way to end the holiday than with this scrumptious delight. If you want to make it a little fancier than the standard recipe, toss in some chopped walnuts and dust with a bit of confectioner's sugar, but honestly, I love the recipe as written, so I'll be making it as is this year. But if you want to go all out and add your own touch, it will be amazing all the same! 


3 cups cake flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 teaspoons baking powder

1 cup margarine, softened

1 3/4 cup sugar

6 eggs

1/2 cup milk


1 teaspoon vanilla

grated rind of one orange


1/2 cup orange marmalade


1 Tablespoon orange liqueur or orange juice


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Do you put oranges in your family stockings at Christmas?


  1. Gorgeous photos! Why do your oranges look like mandarins? I am currently eating mandarins daily as they are not in the shops for long here. LOOL I have seen that video with Carey being thawed out from ice last night, hilarious. Lidl here has already decked out their Christmas offer but it is always the same boring old offer, the other shops are still waiting, although I did see holiday offer in Pepco a month ago, silly business.

    When I was a child oranges and bananas were the only thing we got as Christmas present.

    1. Because they were mandarins LOL. Using full size oranges would have dominated the cake, so I just went with something a touch smaller for accents. Yes, you must eat your mandarins when you can! They are only here in the late fall months. I mean, we have them year round, but they are best November through March. After that, they aren't as sweet.

  2. My parents put oranges in our stockings and I swear, we just put them right back in the fridge. It harkens back to the days when oranges were a delicacy, which was not the 1970’s!🤣 My husband said the same thing happened at his house.

    1. I would have been pissed if I found oranges in my stocking when I was a kid. It was definitely not a delicacy back then LOL

  3. That's a different type of cake indeed. Oranges and large apples used to go in our socks. And as always, blah to snow.

  4. Gracias por la receta, Te mando un beso.

  5. I don't think we've ever done that

  6. Oh yum! What a wonderful looking cake and sounds so yum.

  7. That looks and sounds so good.
    My parents used to put oranges and walnuts in our stockings as kids. I don't.

  8. I took a bag of oranges to school today for my 1st period students. Made the room smell delicious. :) This cake looks great, and I'm sure your FIL appreciated his yummies. Hope you have a nice time in Colorado. Probably even more snow there. :)

  9. It looks wonderful! The cake looks impressive, I really want to eat it :)
    Greetings from Poland!

  10. It looks wonderful! The cake looks impressive, I really want to eat it :)
    Greetings from Poland!

    1. Thank you Klaudia! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!


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