In the 1980s, Crisco published a series of ads featuring country music star Loretta Lynn — and this one — featuring a recipe for an orange-filled party cake — was part of the set.
Orange-filled party cake recipe
2 cups sugar 3 eggs 1/2 teaspoon salt 1-1/2 cups milk 2/3 cup margarine or butter-flavor Crisco shortening 1-1/2 teaspoon vanilla 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
Preheat oven to 350F. Grease and flour two 9″ round layer pans. Set aside.
In a large bowl, cream Butter Flavor Crisco. sugar, eggs and vanilla until fluffy. Add flour. baking powder. salt and milk. Beat on low speed until blended, scraping bowl constantly. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. scraping bowl occasionally. Pour into pans.
Bake at 350°F for 35 to 45 minutes. or until center springs back when lightly touched. Cool in pans for 5 minutes. Remove and cool completely.
Orange filling recipe
1-1/4 cups sugar 5 tbsp. cornstarch 1/8 tsp. salt 2/3 cup water 1/2 cup orange juice 1 tsp. grated orange peel Red and yellow food coloring (optional)
Combine sugar, cornstarch and salt. Stir in water, orange juice and peel. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and becomes translucent. Remove from heat. Stir in food coloring. Cool.
Place bottom layer of cooled yellow cake on serving plate. Spread with half of orange filling. Top with other layer. Spread remaining filling on top to within 1 inch of edge.
1/3 cup margarine or shortening 4 cups confectioners’ sugar 1-1/2 tsp. vanilla 6 to 7 tbsp. milk Orange slices for decoration (optional)
Combine confectioners’ sugar, Butter Flavor Crisco. and vanilla. Slowly blend in milk to desired consistency. Beat on high speed for 5 minutes, or until smooth and creamy. Frost sides and remaining edge of top, leaving filling in center uncovered. Garnish with orange slices if desired.