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Wednesday Food: Orange Basil Cake

Apologies for the belated post.  I will keep it short– this loaf cake is completely outstanding.  With the upcoming holiday I was searching for a dessert that was portable, could withstand heat, and that wouldn’t leave me with cartoon moths flying out of my pockets.  Orange basil loaf cake meets all criteria.

The only ingredients I didn’t already have at home were fresh berries which I simply used for garnish.  Think strawberry shortcake, grown-up. 

Orange Basil Loaf Cake

(Adapted from

  • 3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1-1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt or sour cream
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 Tablespoons finely chopped or grated orange zest
  • 3 Tablespoons basil, chiffonade
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • seasonal berries for garnish

Heat your oven to 375ºF.

In a mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add the wet ingredients, zest, and basil and beat until combined.  Add dry ingredients until combined.

Pour batter into a greased 9″x5″ loaf pan and bake in oven 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Let cool 15 minutes and carefully remove from pan.  Garnish with berries and basil leaves.


June 30, 2010 - Posted by | Wednesday Food

1 Comment

  1. Holy deliciousness, batgirl! I’m making this for my team at work this week! Sounds uhhhh-mazing!

    Comment by Sarah | July 10, 2010

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