Orange Basil Glazed Cake Recipe
This yummy treat is my own creation, brought to you by Minute Maid®.
Theres enough crazy-busy in everyday life, but this season we all call back-to-school creates some days that absolutely feel up-side-down, dont they? When youre trying to enjoy every last moment of summer plus make sure you have everything for the new school season, things can get wonkyand I only have one to get ready! Ive been trying to think of quick and easy snack and menu ideas for when we fall into our new schedule. One thing that is easy for us is including a glass of Minute Maid® juice in our breakfast routine. I think a piece of yummy orange basil glaze cake would go down pretty easy, too!
For me, the simplest part of getting ready for school is collecting the supplies and clothes. Weve been working toward earlier bed-time (but its still light out, Mom!) and Ive been talking up new teacher and how much fun Sam is going to be having as a big boy in Grade 1. This is the first year for individual desksrather than large worktablesand he’s going to be out of the more relaxed environment of Kindergarten. Even though I know that he’s going to have a blast getting back together with his school friends and teachers, I also know Im going to miss all the together time weve enjoyed this summer. This is the first year that I haven’t worked for an outside company in years as I made the move to be a full time blogger. Its been awesome to focus just on Sam and the blog (and Mike!) without much outside freelance work. I’m still struggling with routines. And with my workaholic tendencies, I also find it hard to turn off the computer and just walk away. I know a lot of self-employed, work from home parents have that same conflict.
I think of my friend, Nicole, who has five kids. Shes a great stay-at-home mom so youd think she might feel really successful at parenting. Her house is often chaotic with kids, pets, extended family and friends, but she is kind, always gracious and always thinking up fun things for her kids. She and her husband made the choice to not have all of lifes newest toys so she could stay home with their kids, but sometimes she gets frustrated because she cant gift them the way shed like. Nicole feels she doesnt spend enough one-on-one time with each child, nor does she meet her own standard of perfection in housekeeping. Weve had a lot of discussions about balancing the many roles we play in our full lives and defining: what is good enough? I think her house full of busy, healthy, happy kids proves she doesnt have a problem. Her gracious hospitality makes everyone welcome in her home. I think shes a great friendshe always affirms my endeavors. I guess its easier to see those good enough things about someone elses life.
So Nicoleand all of you moms who are doing your best heres a Minute Maid® toast to you! Id share a piece of this delicious orange basil glaze cake with all of you if I could, but since I cant, Ill share the recipe (Nicole, Ill bring you some)!
Making a delicious cake for a parent you know who is doin good is a great way to let them know you have noticed their great parenting. Ill be sharing my cake with Nicole, and I hope you make one for a friend in your life, too.
- 1 stick butter
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 eggs
- Rind from one navel orange
- 3 tablespoons Minute Maid Orange Juice
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 teaspoons dried basil
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 6 tablespoons orange juice
- 2/3 cup icing/powdered sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add vanilla, eggs and orange rind. Stir until well blended. Mixture may curdle slightly.
- In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, basil and salt. Gradually stir into wet mixture. Pour into 6″ round greased pan.
- Bake for approximately 45 minutes until cake is set in the center. Remove from oven and let set for 10 minutes before removing from a pan. Poke holes in the top of the cake, approximately 1/2 inch apart. Pour glaze over cake.
- Whisk until well blended
Do you know a parent who is #doingood? Tell us about them in the comments, or share a story from your own parenting about a time you were #doingood!
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Minute Maid®.
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