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Orange & Almond Sponge Cakes

Orange & Almond Sponge Cakes

Recipe shared by:Duncan Hines

This refreshing and fruity cake is perfect for during the spring and summer months.

  • Hands-on Time: 15 Minutes
  • Total Time: 60 Minutes
  • Servings: 36 Petite Cakes
  • Difficulty: EASY


  • 1 package Duncan Hines® Signature French Vanilla Cake Mix
  • 1 orange, juiced and zested (about ⅓ cup juice and 1 Tbsp. zest)
  • ⅔ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (Also terrific made with skim milk, 2% milk, Soy milk or coconut milk.)
  • ⅔ cup egg whites
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 container (8 oz.) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • Toasted sliced almonds, for garnish
  • ½ pint blackberries or blueberries

Baking Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour 9 x 13-inch cake pan.
  • Combine cake mix, orange juice, zest, almond milk, egg whites and yogurt in large bowl. Whisk until blended. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  • Bake 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely on wire rack.
  • Cut cake into 1½x3–inch pieces.
  • Pipe each with whipped topping and top with black berries (almonds and if desired) and orange peel.

Tips & Inspirations

For a simple dulce de leche, submerge an unopened can of sweetened condensed milk in boiling water, simmer for 3 hours (less, if you want it a thinner consistency) and cool.

Pour 2-3 cups of sugar into a sealable container. Combine with the zest of one lemon, shake well and store. Lemon infused sugar can be used immediately or kept for months, just like regular sugar.

Keep brown sugar soft by adding a couple of marshmallows to the bag.

To make crystallized honey liquid again make it liquid again, place the honey jar in a container that allows water to move around it freely. Run under a hot water tap (shaking occasionally) until the crystals have melted.

Use an egg slicer to quickly slice strawberries. Freshly sliced strawberries are the perfect topping to Angel Food cake!

Reuse jelly, pickle or mason jars to keep your cupcake liners and icing tips clean and collected.

Variety is the spice of life, so try different toppings on your cakes. We used spice cake with dulce de leche, fig preserves, powdered sugar, marmalade and ginger preserve, apricot jelly and honey.

Clean caramel from a pot by filling it with water and letting it simmer on the stove—the warm water will wash it away.

Whenever grating chocolate on a cheese grater always hold the chocolate cube with the palm of your hand not your fingertips. This method will protect your finger tips from getting nicked.

By cooking in sheets the layers you can create simple and professional result. Eating a cake prepared in this way provides a moist multi layered experience allowing for many opportunities for creative flavor changes.
Try making a cake with two or three compatible layers for greater variety.

For additional texture, fold in 1/2 cup chopped walnuts to prepared cake batter before pouring into pan.

Use a non-flexible thin knife when cutting cake around curved stencils for a professional look.

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