Sour Cream Cake with Saffron-Orange Glaze

Put a sweet twist on that jar of saffron at the back of your spice cabinet! This light sour cream cake gets a sweet saffron-orange glaze that is beautiful and surprising.

Put a sweet twist on that jar of saffron at the back of your spice cabinet! This light sour cream cake gets a sweet saffron-orange glaze that is beautiful and surprising.

A while back, my parents went to Europe and brought me back a tiny little jar of saffron as a souvenir. I’m not going to lie, apart from paella, I had no idea what to do with it. But my mom told me that she had this amazing saffron cake, and an idea started to form….

While this isn’t the cake my parents had over in Europe (I’m pretty sure that cake involved soaking raisins and using a yeast-based dough – which just wasn’t going to happen this busy spring), it was a fun experiment with a spice that I use, well, never.


Put a sweet twist on that jar of saffron at the back of your spice cabinet! This light sour cream cake gets a sweet saffron-orange glaze that is beautiful and surprising.

I served this cake at a recent knit night, and then took the leftover to work. It was well received. The cake itself is moist and light, but fairly plain. It’s the Saffron-Orange Glaze that give it that something special. TheĀ  glaze seeps into the cake, giving each bite a sweet brightness. And those little red pieces of saffron? So beautiful.

Put a sweet twist on that jar of saffron at the back of your spice cabinet! This light sour cream cake gets a sweet saffron-orange glaze that is beautiful and surprising.

Recipe Notes

  • In the recipe below, I used 9-inch parchment paper circles (affiliate link) to make life easier and line the bottom of the cake pan. You can most definitely cut a circle from a regular roll of parchment paper, but these are just so convenient and easy to store that I like to keep a package of them on hand.

Put a sweet twist on that jar of saffron at the back of your spice cabinet! This light sour cream cake gets a sweet saffron-orange glaze that is beautiful and surprising.

I’ve used my bottle of saffron, but tell me – what’s your favorite way to use saffron?

Print
Put a sweet twist on that jar of saffron at the back of your spice cabinet! This light sour cream cake gets a sweet saffron-orange glaze that is beautiful and surprising.

Sour Cream Cake with Saffron-Orange Glaze

Put a sweet twist on that jar of saffron at the back of your spice cabinet! This light sour cream cake gets a sweet saffron-orange glaze that is beautiful and surprising.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 299 kcal
Author Liz

Ingredients

Ingredients for the Sour Cream Cake:

  • 3/4 c. unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 c. granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 8 oz. sour cream (I used light sour cream)
  • 1 3/4 c. all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

Ingredients for the Saffron-Orange Glaze

  • 1/3 c. granulated sugar
  • 3/4 c. orange juice
  • 1/4 tsp. saffron about 35-40 threads

Instructions

Make the Sour Cream Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.

  2. Grease the bottom and sides of a 9-inch round baking pan. Line bottom with a piece of parchment paper and grease parchment paper. Set aside.

  3. In a medium bowl, beat together butter and sugar until combined. Add vanilla extract, eggs and sour cream, again beating until combined.

  4. Scrape down sides of the bowl (mixing again, if needed) and add half of the remaining dry ingredients. With a mixer on low, beat in dry ingredients. When just barely mixed, add remaining dry ingredients and mixed until incorporated throughout.

  5. Pour cake batter into prepared pan. Use a butter knife or offset spatula to ensure batter is spread evenly throughout. Bake in prepared oven for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Prepare the Saffron-Orange Glaze:

  1. Just before removing cake from oven, combine all ingredients for the glaze in a small pot set over medium heat on the stove. Stir constantly, until sugar has dissolved. Bring to a boil and allow to boil for a few minutes, stirring occasionally.

  2. Lower heat, keeping the glaze warm until ready to glaze the cake.

Glaze the Cake:

  1. After removing cake from oven, allow to cool in the pan set on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Then, invert cake onto serving dish. Use a metal or wooden skewer to poke deep holes in the cake - all over. Skewer should never touch the bottom of the dish, but should go almost all of the way through the cake.

  2. Spoon hot glaze over still warm cake.

  3. Allow cake to cool completely (which also allows the cake to soak up that saffron-orange glaze) before serving, or covering with plastic wrap until ready to serve.

Rewritten but barely adapted from McCormick.

Sour Cream Cake with Saffron-Orange Glaze on Books n Cooks - Put a sweet twist on that jar of saffron at the back of your spice cabinet! This light sour cream cake gets a sweet saffron-orange glaze that is beautiful and surprising.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating