one of the things i love most about living in san diego is the constant access to lemons, limes and oranges. i'm not kidding when i say, they're everywhere. once we have a place that's ours, i can't wait to plant a few citrus trees of our own, but for now we're happily accepting fruit from family & friends.
a few weeks ago i found myself with a ridiculous amount of oranges and too lazy to try my hand at orange marmalade, decided to try this whole orange cake recipe in the most recent sunset magazine. i have an awesome recipe for a to-die-for lemon cake (eventually, i'll be sure to share that one as well) that sounded similar to this (minus the whole fruit), so i figured this cake was worth a shot.
we served this cake on the night of my birthday & everyone loved it. the bitterness of the peels gave the cake a marmalade-like flavor and unlike most cakes, this one wasn't too sweet. if i had to make any changes, i'd probably omit the frosting. the cake can totally stand alone and would be a perfect addition to any party, potluck, or night in. enjoy!