Several year ago I made this recipe and placed the cake down stairs in a refrigerator...I thought to hide it. I have no idea how many sneaky trips my husband took down stairs...Upon checking my Orange Slice Candy Cake about 1/2 was missing. When I confronted him with my discovery, of course he was not the only guilty party. I actually prefer it over most others and it is fun to make. Just keep it as much of a secret as possible. It will keep well in the refrigerator for several days...
CAKE: Cream butter and sugar. Add one egg at a time, beating well after each addition. Add ONE CUP of the buttermilk, beat well.Add baking soda to the other 1/2 cup butter milk then add to mixture. Combine flour and salt, add the orange candy slices to flour mixture, coat candy, then add dates and nuts. Blend well. This is a very thick batter so use a big wooden spoon to blend.
Spray a Tube Pan with Cooking Spray and line the bottom with well greased brown paper or greased parchment paper 3 layers thick. Measure bottom of pan to cut and fit paper.
Bake in a preheated 250 degree F. oven for 2 hours and 30 minutes. (this cake is heavy). Remove to rack and glaze immediately.
GLAZE: Mix the thawed orange juice and brown sugar. LET THIS STAND AT ROOM TEMPERATURE AS CAKE BAKES. Pour on hot cake when it comes out of oven. Let cake Completely cool (can spread a towel over cooled cake still in pan and leave out over night). Turn out on to cake plate. Should come out of pan real easy. Wrap cake with orange juice soaked cheese cloth and cover real well with foil. Re soak the cheese cloth with orange juice twice each week. The cake does well to keep refrigerated several days... keep it's location a secret...
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