Orange Sunshine Coffee Cake

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I was flipping through, saw this Orange Sunshine Coffee Cake and the next morning they were made. They are everything I love – cinnamon rolls AND orange. These were amazing, and everyone in my house loved them. FYI, that doesn’t happen often.

Orange Sunshine Coffee Cake

Magazines are one of my (many – fresh flowers, Anthro mugs, candles, pens) downfalls. I love them and really have a hard time saying no when I see a pretty cover. So imagine my happiness when I see two of my favorite things rolled into one. King Arthur Flour and a gorgeous new magazine call Sift. It is beautiful, has great recipes, and really well written stories. I was flipping through, saw this Orange Sunshine Coffee Cake and the next morning they were made. They are everything I love – cinnamon rolls AND orange. These were amazing, and everyone in my house loved them. FYI, that doesn’t happen often.

This dough is really beautiful, soft and buttery. I think that it might the base of many, many more coffee cakes in the future. I made this the day before and covered it with plastic wrap. The next morning I let it do the second rise on the counter. It took longer because it was cold from the fridge, but turned out perfectly.

(King Arthur has no idea who I am. I just love them and go there as much as I can. It’s where all my baking dreams come true.)

Ingredients

Dough:

  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons instant or active dry yeast
  • 2 ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 1 egg

Filling:

  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon clearjel or flour
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoon orange zest
  • 3 Tablespoons orange juice

Icing:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 to 2 Tablespoons orange juice
Orange Sunshine Coffee Cake

How to Make Orange Sunshine Coffee Cake

Step 1: To make the dough, warm the milk in a small saucepan. Add the butter and heat until it melts.

Orange Sunshine Coffee Cake

Step 2: Pour into the bowl of a mixer.

Orange Sunshine Coffee Cake

Step 3: Add yeast, 1 cup flour, sugar, and cover and let stand for 10 minutes.

Orange Sunshine Coffee Cake

Step 4: Once you see some bubbles, add orange juice and egg.

Orange Sunshine Coffee Cake

Step 5: Add the remaining flour until a smooth dough forms, you might not need all of it. Knead on medium for 5 minutes, or until the dough is smooth and elastic.

Orange Sunshine Coffee Cake

Step 6: Transfer to an oiled bowl, cover, and let rise until doubled in volume, about 1 to 1 ½ hours.

Orange Sunshine Coffee Cake

Step 7: To make the filling mix together sugar, clearjel, cinnamon, zest, and orange juice.

Orange Sunshine Coffee Cake

Step 8: To assemble, deflate the dough and let rest for 5 minutes.

Orange Sunshine Coffee Cake

Step 9: Roll into a rectangle about 12” x 18”. I like to keep a yardstick just for baking for this reason. I had Home Depot cut me a few different sizes.

Orange Sunshine Coffee Cake

Step 10: Spread the filling evenly leaving one side with a ½ inch border. Roll up and pinch the seams shut.

Orange Sunshine Coffee Cake

Step 11: Place the dough on a lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheet. Pull the ends together to form a ring. Pinch together to seal.

Orange Sunshine Coffee Cake

Step 12: Cut ¾ inch slits all the way around. Lay the rings on their side and overlap them. Or twist to alternating sides.

Orange Sunshine Coffee Cake
Orange Sunshine Coffee Cake

Step 13: Cover the cake with plastic wrap and let rise for 30 to 45 minutes or until puffy.

Orange Sunshine Coffee Cake

Step 14: After 20 minutes of rising time, preheat the oven to 375°. When the dough has doubled bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.

Orange Sunshine Coffee Cake

Step 15: When the cake is cooling, whisk together sugar and orange juice. Drizzle over the cake.

Orange Sunshine Coffee Cake

Orange Sunshine Coffee Cake

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Orange Sunshine Coffee Cake – Don’t let this beautiful breakfast bread fool you, it’s really simple to make. Follow my step-by-step photos so you can make it yourself.
4.67 from 3 votes
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients
  

Dough:

  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons instant or active dry yeast
  • 2 ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 1 egg

Filling:

  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon clearjel or flour
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoon orange zest
  • 3 Tablespoons orange juice

Icing:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 to 2 Tablespoons orange juice

Instructions
 

  • To make the dough, warm the milk in a small saucepan. Add the butter and heat until it melts.
  • Pour into the bowl of a mixer.
  • Add yeast, 1 cup flour, sugar, and cover and let stand for 10 minutes.
  • Once you see some bubbles, add orange juice and egg.
  • Add the remaining flour until a smooth dough forms, you might not need all of it. Knead on medium for 5 minutes, or until the dough is smooth and elastic.
  • Transfer to an oiled bowl, cover, and let rise until doubled in volume, about 1 to 1 ½ hours.
  • To make the filling mix together sugar, clearjel, cinnamon, zest, and orange juice.
  • To assemble, deflate the dough and let rest for 5 minutes.
  • Roll into a rectangle about 12” x 18”. I like to keep a yardstick just for baking for this reason. I had Home Depot cut me a few different sizes.
  • Spread the filling evenly leaving one side with a ½ inch border. Roll up and pinch the seams shut.
  • Place the dough on a lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheet. Pull the ends together to form a ring. Pinch together to seal.
  • Cut ¾ inch slits all the way around. Lay the rings on their side and overlap them. Or twist to alternating sides.
  • Cover the cake with plastic wrap and let rise for 30 to 45 minutes or until puffy.
  • After 20 minutes of rising time, preheat the oven to 375°. When the dough has doubled bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.
  • When the cake is cooling, whisk together sugar and orange juice. Drizzle over the cake.
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