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Orange Angel Cake
by Ronda L. Halpin
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One thing people seem to dread when the Easter season approaches is the over abundance of chocolate and other high fat sweets that inevitably find their way into our homes. This month, I am making an effort to keep spirits high by offering a dessert that is both delightful and fat free. Yup, that's right -- no fat in this treat!

By replacing the water called for in the angel food recipe with orange juice, a slightly tangy flavor is imparted to the spongy cake. Add a little orange peel and a drizzle tangy citrus dessert sauce when serving and you'll find yourself in heaven ... or at least well on your way there!


Orange Angel Cake

  • 1 (6.2 oz.) pkg. Angel Food cake mix
  • 1 c. orange juice, divided
  • 2 T. grated orange peel
  • 1 T. cornstarch
  • 1 (11 oz.) can mandarin orange segments in light syrup
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium glass or metal bowl, combine cake mix and 1/2 cup orange juice. Beat on medium speed of a mixer until well mixed -- about 1 minute. Carefully fold in the grated orange peel. Pour mixture into an ungreased loaf pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the top is golden brown -- do not under bake.

Cool the loaf pan on its side to insure a high cake for at least 1 hour or until cooled.

For the orange sauce, combine the cornstarch with 1/4 cup of the orange juice. Mix until well blended. In a small saucepan, combine the juice from the mandarin orange segments and the remaining 1/4 cup orange juice. Heat until boiling and add cornstarch mixture, stirring constantly until thickened. Remove from the heat and add the mandarin orange segments. Chill until ready to serve.

To serve, top thin slices of orange angel cake with the orange sauce.

  • Yields: 12 servings
  • Preparation Time: 30 minutes, plus cooling time

For those of you who are trying to cut down on the overly sugar and fat-laden treats normally associated with the Easter season, here are some tips on how to do just that:

Whatever you plan to do to celebrate this Easter season, I wish you all a Happy Easter and a Happy Spring!

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