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Orange Crunch Cake

Now here’s a cake that’ll wow ‘em. Under that creamy white frosting are two layers of zesty orange-flavored cake, plus two layers of graham cracker/sugared pecan-spiked crunch.

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  • Prep Time 40 min
  • Total Time 2 hr 45 min
  • Servings 12

Ingredients

Cake

1
cup graham cracker crumbs (15 squares)
1/2
cup packed brown sugar
1/2
cup chopped pecans
1
teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2
cup butter or margarine, melted
1
box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® yellow cake mix
Grated peel from 2 oranges (about 2 tablespoons)
Juice from 2 oranges, plus water to measure 1 cup
1/3
cup vegetable oil
3
eggs
Orange slices, if desired

Frosting

1
container Betty Crocker® Whipped vanilla frosting
2
cups frozen (thawed) whipped topping
1
to 2 tablespoons grated orange peel

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LOCATION

Directions

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F (dark or nonstick pans are not recommended). Grease bottoms only of two 8- or 9-inch round cake pans. Line bottoms of pans with waxed paper, then grease and flour entire pans.
  • 2 In medium bowl, mix cracker crumbs, brown sugar, pecans, cinnamon and butter. Sprinkle 1 cup pecan mixture evenly into bottom of each pan; press gently.
  • 3 In large bowl, beat cake mix, orange peel, orange juice mixture, oil and eggs with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, then on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour evenly into pans.
  • 4 Bake 8-inch rounds 34 to 41 minutes, 9-inch rounds 30 to 37 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean and tops are rich golden brown. Cool in pans 15 minutes. Carefully run sharp knife around sides of pans to loosen cakes. Remove from pans to cooling rack, placing crumb mixture side up. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
  • 5 In large bowl, stir frosting ingredients until well blended. Place 1 layer, crumb side up, on serving plate. Spread with 1 cup frosting to within 1/4 inch of edge. Add second layer, crumb side up. Frost side and top of cake with remaining frosting. Garnish with orange slices. To serve, cut cake with serrated knife. Store covered in refrigerator.

EXPERT TIPS

Expert Tips

Prefer hazelnuts or walnuts to pecans? Use either instead, no problem.

For the freshest orange flavor, grate only the bright orange part of the peel. Stop at the bitter-tasting pith, the white portion directly under the bright orange part.

Rather than crushing graham crackers, look for packages of graham cracker crumbs in the baking aisle of your supermarket.

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
540
(
Calories from Fat
250),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
28g
28%
(Saturated Fat
11g,
11%
Trans Fat
2g
2%
),
Cholesterol
75mg
75%;
Sodium
410mg
410%;
Total Carbohydrate
67g
67%
(Dietary Fiber
1g
1%
  Sugars
46g
46%
),
Protein
3g
3%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
6%;
Vitamin C
6%;
Calcium
10%;
Iron
6%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 3 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 5 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
4 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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