I’d never heard of the southern classic Orange Slice Cake until recently, but I knew once I saw it that I had to make it. I would describe this delicious cake as about 3/4 delicious bundt cake and 1/4 fruitcake. Though the fruit in this case is actually orange candy. It is incredibly rich, so be sure to cut your servings very thin.
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup buttermilk
16 ounces (2 cups) orange slice candy, chopped
2 cups chopped pecans
1 cup sweetened flake coconut
1 cup pitted, chopped dates
2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup orange juice
Optional garnish: lightly sweetened whipped cream and additional candy slices
Preheat oven to 275-f degrees. Set the rack one notch above the center setting. Have a baking sheet ready to place underneath your baking pan. It makes it easier to remove from the oven as well as acting as a guard if anything should overflow from the pan. Prepare the parchment liners for your pan (see notes above.)
Using a large stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar together for several minutes until fluffy. Add in the eggs one at a time, beating after each. Add in the flour, baking soda and buttermilk, alternating between dry and wet ingredients, about half at a time until complete. Switch to using a large wooden stirring spoon for the final few additions.
Add candy pieces, pecans, coconut, and dates. Mix well.
Spoon the batter into the pan that has been parchment lined and sprayed with cooking spray. Be sure to press down on the batter a bit to avoid having large air pockets. Give it a rap on the counter once done. Place on top of the baking sheet. Add a piece of aluminum foil to lay across top of the pan (this will be removed after one hour of baking.)
Bake at 275-f degrees for 2 hours, or until a cake tester comes out clean. For me this took more like 2 3/4 hours, but ovens and altitudes vary. Be sure to remove that aluminum foil after the first hour. It is to prevent over browning. If at any point your cake looks to be getting too browned on top, simply add it back.
While the cake is finished baking but still hot, prepare the orange glaze in a mixing bowl with a whisk to remove any powdered sugar clumps. Mix very well until smooth. Spoon over the cake, getting every area well coated. Allow the cake to cool overnight on the counter, preferably uncovered.
When ready to remove from pan, take a narrow thin spatula or knife and gently go around all the edges to release the cake from the pan. Invert it onto a plate, then invert that onto a cake plate. Cut the serving slices thinly as it is very sweet and rich. If desired, served with freshly whipped cream and an extra piece of candy as garnish.