Baked Sunday Mornings: Orange Buttermilk Picnic Cake with Chocolate Chips

by byn on July 5, 2015

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Orange Picnic Cake

Our Baked Sunday Morning project for this week was an Orange Buttermilk Picnic Cake with Chocolate Chips to celebrate the Fourth of July. The idea behind it is that it’s a single layer, easily transportable, sturdy cake that would be perfect to bring along to a picnic.

I loved reading the Baked boys intro to this recipe because I feel the EXACT same way about picnics. Every summer I go on and on about wanting to go on a picnic. I think of a big blanket spread on the grass, tons of food, relaxing in the sun, etc. etc. In reality, I hate nature, bugs, questionable lukewarm food that has been sitting outside too long, and sweating. I’m really the worst.

However, I have recently made a commitment to spending more time outside, whether it’s getting up from my desk and going for walks on my lunch break or hanging out more in my parents backyard on the weekends. That’s where I brought this cake today, and I set up this cute little scene above, complete with a picnic basket from the ’90s that my Mom dug out of the crawl space. I can’t say we actually sat on the grass and ate it, but I did eat it outside. It’s a start.

Now, the cake. It brought up a lot of complicated issues for me, as I’m not a fan of orange and chocolate together. But here’s thing: this cake is delicious! It’s super hydrated from the buttermilk, and the orange/chocolate combo didn’t distract me too much. You poke a bunch of holes in the warm cake after you take it out of the pan and brush on a simple syrup make of freshly squeezed orange juice, orange liqueur (I used Cointreau) and sugar. This also goes a long way to keeping the cake hydrated.

I would definitely make this again, but just because of personal preference, leave out the orange zest (I didn’t add the orange extract because I didn’t want to buy a bottle for only 3/4 tsp) and make a vanilla bean simple syrup to brush on at the end. Who knows, maybe I will go on a picnic by the end of the summer!

You can find the recipe here!

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Jenny July 7, 2015 at 9:37 am

Do I foresee an FBM picnic in the near future? I hope so. I love picnics! I’ve had quite a few with my littles and two very cliche NYC Central Park picnics years ago with friends. Picnicking in Central Park was lovely, but lugging everything there was SUCH a pain. Funny enough, despite losing my arms Midtown, I’d do it again.

Lovely cake and set up! Xo


Liz July 6, 2015 at 9:40 pm

I thought this was delicious too!


Sheri July 6, 2015 at 7:02 pm

Oooh, yes. Vanilla bean simple syrup! I was thinking lemon but I like your idea better.


Yael July 6, 2015 at 7:29 am

Great photo! It seems like a cake that you could adapt to many different flavors, not just orange. Like the vanilla idea!


Dafna | Stellina Sweets July 6, 2015 at 3:34 am

I love your write-up and that gorgeous photo! That is too funny, and I totally know what you mean– picnics sound so nice and summery, but there’s actually a fair amount of annoying stuff that you have to deal with. And yes, lukewarm food– ugh. Anyway, I’m glad you liked the cake despite the flavor combo. It’s not my favorite either, and yet, I too really liked the taste (despite the gummy top and sinking chips). Here’s to spending more time outside! :)


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