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Orange Basil Glazed Cake Recipe

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This yummy treat is my own creation, brought to you by Minute Maid®. 

There’s enough crazy-busy in everyday life, but this season we all call “back-to-school” creates some days that absolutely feel up-side-down, don’t they? When you’re trying to enjoy every last moment of summer plus make sure you have everything for the new school season, things can get wonky—and I only have one to get ready! I’ve 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!

Orange Basil Glaze Cake

For me, the simplest part of getting ready for school is collecting the supplies and clothes. We’ve been working toward earlier bed-time (“but it’s still light out, Mom!”) and I’ve 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 desks—rather than large worktables—and 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 I’m going to miss all the together time we’ve 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. It’s 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.

Orange Cake Recipe from Scratch

I think of my friend, Nicole, who has five kids. She’s a great stay-at-home mom so you’d 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 life’s newest “toys” so she could stay home with their kids, but sometimes she gets frustrated because she can’t gift them the way she’d like. Nicole feels she doesn’t spend enough one-on-one time with each child, nor does she meet her own standard of perfection in housekeeping. We’ve 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 doesn’t have a problem. Her gracious hospitality makes everyone welcome in her home. I think she’s a great friend—she always affirms my endeavors. I guess it’s easier to see those “good enough” things about someone else’s life.

Minute Maid Orange Juice

So Nicole—and all of you moms who are doing your best— here’s a Minute Maid® toast to you! I’d share a piece of this delicious orange basil glaze cake with all of you if I could, but since I can’t, I’ll share the recipe (Nicole, I’ll 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. I’ll be sharing my cake with Nicole, and I hope you make one for a friend in your life, too.

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Orange Glaze Cake Recipe



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  • 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



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add vanilla, eggs and orange rind. Stir until well blended. Mixture may curdle slightly.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, basil and salt. Gradually stir into wet mixture. Pour into 6″ round greased pan.
  4. 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.


  1. Whisk until well blended


  • Calories: 2387
  • Sugar: 237
  • Sodium: 762
  • Fat: 103
  • Saturated Fat: 61
  • Unsaturated Fat: 34
  • Trans Fat: 4
  • Carbohydrates: 344
  • Protein: 29
  • Cholesterol: 615

For all of you moms looking for ideas for breakfast and school lunches, Minute Maid® has over 100 varieties of juices and juice drinks. In addition to the familiar Minute Maid® orange juice, there’s apple, apple white grape, light mango passion, lemonade, fruit punch and lots more!

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®.

Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it's okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.