Recipe For Have You Tried A Cara Cara Orange?


This time of year, my refrigerator is full of citrus. I buy every kind I can find and make my family eat oranges daily. It’s my simple way of keeping their vitamin C intake at the right level, especially during cold and flu season. If we get sick less, great. Regardless, we get to enjoy some wonderful fruit.

I discovered Cara Cara oranges last winter. I saw a bag at the store and thought I would see how we liked them. It was fun to peel them and see the PINK interior! It’s a big surprise considering the outside looks like a regular navel orange. The flavor was a nice combination of tangy and sweet. The fact that they are seedless, was just one more thing to love. My kids are decidedly annoyed by seeds. What I did not tell my family was that each orange contains a whopping 150% of the RDA of Vitamin C. These babies were perfect for my winter arsenal!

Today I made up a lovely orange curd using some Cara Cara oranges. The color was not a deep orange because of the pink flesh. I thought about adding some orange food coloring, but why? The flavor was lovely and they are known for their unexpected color, so I nixed the artificial colors.

Really, this is a very basic cake. I cheated everywhere I could. Cake mix and frozen whipped topping kept this easy and quick. I made the orange curd a few days before the cake. I would recommend at least a day to let the curd cool down and thicken up.

1. Info for Have You Tried A Cara Cara Orange?

  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hr 30 mins
  • Servings: 8
  • Calories: 756kcal

2. Ingredients for Have You Tried A Cara Cara Orange?

  • 1 yellow cake mix and eggs, oil and water to make it according to package directions
  • 1 cup chopped white chocolate (chips or bar)
  • 1 8oz container Cool Whip or other frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 3.5 oz bar white chocolate, melted
  • Orange Curd:
  • 3 whole eggs
  • ⅓ cup pure maple syrup
  • dash salt

3. Directions:

  1. Make cake mix according to package instructions.
  2. Stir in orange extract and chopped white chocolate.
  3. Bake in two 8 or 9 inch round pans according to package instructions.
  4. Let cool completely before assembling the cake.
  5. Make orange curd by placing orange juice, butter, eggs, maple syrup and salt in a double boiler.
  6. Over medium heat (and boiling water), stir mixture until thickened, about 10 minutes.
  7. Pour into a jar and refrigerate until completely cold.
  8. To assemble cake, place one layer of cake on a plate.
  9. Top with all of the orange curd.
  10. Place second layer on top of the orange curd.
  11. Mix Cool Whip and melted chocolate (mixture will become a bumpy strange texture)
  12. Frost entire cake with white chocolate Cool Whip.
  13. Garnish with orange zest, if desired.

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