Sunshine Cake Recipe by Paula Deen

Level: Moderate

Time: 75 MINUTES

2 ratings
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  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, or almond or both
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 6 eggs, separated and at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus a pinch
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • orange juice, plus zest


Preheat oven to 325°. Separate eggs carefully, putting whites in a large mixing bowl, yolks in another large mixing bowl. Beat egg yolks until light and foamy. Slowly add water. Gradually beat in sugar, then vanilla (and/or almond) and beat until pale and thick in texture (total beating time can be as long as 7 minutes). Sift flour again with salt and baking powder. Return to sifter; fold into egg yolk mixture, sifting in a little at a time.


Beat egg whites gently until foamy. Add a pinch of salt and the cream of tartar. Increase mixer speed and beat until they form moist, glossy peaks.


Pour egg yolk mixture in thin stream over entire surface of egg white mixture, gently cutting and folding with rubber spatula, making sure everything is completely folded. Pour into Ungreased 10-inch round tube pan, (removable bottom). Draw a thin spatula gently through the batter to destroy any large air pockets.


Bake in slow oven (325°) on second rung from bottom for 60 minutes (tends to fall a small amount at 50 minutes).


Invert pan to cool 1 1/2 hours. Frost when cool.


Orange Butter Cream Frosting:


Mix butter with powder sugar. Carefully add enough orange juice to thin for spreading. Garnish with orange zest or peel, if desired.

Sunshine Cake


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2 Reviews

Maggie 3/22/2015
It sounds delici

It sounds delicious ,I can't wait to make it ,
Thank u so much ,it is so nice to read your recipes and see your beautiful face.❤️

linda 3/21/2015
yummy my godmoth

yummy my godmother use to make it every spring!!!!!!

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