Aunt Sue’s Orange Juice Cake ~ From Danielle Dykman

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I’m so very honored to have a chance to know each one of you. We’re a rag tag family made up of good hearted, hard working, life triumphing, loving people and when we come together on Southern Plate the atmosphere is truly amazing to experience.Today’s recipe and story are yet another perfect example of that. I’ll send out another call for submissions in a few months or so to email subscribers but we’ve still got many wonderful recipes from your heritage waiting to be shared.
I know you’ll enjoy hearing from Danielle today and join with me in sending love to her, her Aunt Sue, and her beloved Granpa for sharing this wonderful recipe and a bit of their lives with us.

This recipe for an Orange Juice Cake was passed down to me by my Aunt Sue, about a year ago. My Aunt Sue and I have always been very close, when I was a little girl she loved to take the curling iron to my hair and add a dab of makeup to my face then take me through every room in her house (except the bathroom of course) and take tons of pictures of me. She always wanted a daughter, but had 2 sons instead. So as her only nieces, my sister and I were obligated to get dolled up by her, at least once a week. I have always been told I look like Aunt Sue’s daughter instead of my momma’s, but I love my momma! 🙂

The recipe itself it special to me because it is my grandpa’s favorite cake ever! I have been my grandpa’s girl since I can remember. My dad passed away when I was 7 years old, and I do believe my Pa made a special effort to not let me feel left out at any time. During the long summers as a child my cousins ( all boys) and I would love to go play and wade around in the creek. He was usually busy during the day and would persistently tell them boys “No!” But all I had to do is walk up to him, put my little hand in his and give him that sweet “Papa, can we go to the creek?” and it worked every time.

About 4 years ago while I was home for the summer  from college, I was helping Ma and Aunt Sue cut and freeze corn out of the garden. Pa walked in the kitchen holding his chest. He thought he had heartburn and being stubborn went on to bed. He woke up the next morning, drove himself to the hospital and found out he had a heart attack. He was sent on to a larger hospital and ended up having a triple bypass. This was probably the scariest time I had experienced since my own dad died. But Pa made it through and the only thing he wanted to eat was this darn orange juice cake (despite being told to watch his diet). He said if he was gonna die, he was gonna die happy and full. (Thats my pa! hehe).

So since I love my Pa so very much I make him this cake every chance I get. He always makes sure to tell me how good it is too.

Aunt Sue’s Orange Juice Cake


For the Cake

  • 1 box butter yellow cake mix
  • 1 small box instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup veggie oil
  • 1 cup orange juice brand does matter here, cheap stuff doesn't taste as good.
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

For the Glaze

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 stick butter/margarine
  • 1/4 cup orange juice


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour bundt pan. Sprinkle pecans in bottom.
  • Mix all cake ingredients together and stir till smooth. Pour in bundt pan and bake 33-43 minutes (or till your knife comes out clean).
  • Put glaze ingredients in a sauce pan and cook over medium/high heat for 4 or 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Poke a few (4 or 5) holes with a knife in the bottom of the cake (while its still in the pan) and pour the glaze over it.
  • Let cake cool for 10 minutes after this before turning out onto a plate.
  • Slice and eat, warm or cold, its oh so good.
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Hope you enjoy!

Danielle Dykman

Danielle and her Aunt Sue

In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.

~Margaret Atwood

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  1. I just made it and ohboy is it good! Being diabetic I used Pillsbury’s Sugar Free Classic Yellow cake mix for the cake part and Splenda for the glaze. I’m so glad I happened to have all the required ingredients to make this cake. It’s a real winner.

  2. I am so glad to see this recipe! My neighbor in Kentucky always made this cake, and I never bothered to get the recipe from her. Now, ten years later in Florida, I have wished many times that I had. I will definitely be baking this cake and enjoying the memories of long-ago friends. : )

    1. Its wonderful that Christy can share recipes from long ago . Sure does bring back those precious memories we all have .
      Its a beautiful sunny day in TN

  3. This cake is sooo good. I made it once and took it to work and everyone loved it. I ran into trouble with it as one of the drs. there is a very brittle diabetic. He had a small piece which should not have been a problem. He then came back and had a much larger piece. I was concerned , but did not feel I could refuse. At lunch time, he asked if he could take a piece of cake with him for dessert. When he did his routine after lunch blood sugar stick he was well into the danger range. I felt like I had killed him with kindness. This cake is addictive even to those who should know better.

  4. This sounds wonderful. Will be making this for my friend’s birthday(next week) It is great to see you have found another storyteller..hope to see more from her soon..Christy, your stories are as good as your recipes. God bless you. hugs,

  5. Thanks to “Aunt Sue” for this recipe . I lost it year’s ago . This was a favorite of the family . I remember making one just before my husband was sent to Viet Nam ( yes, I’m that old , lol ) . I can’t wait to make it .
    Thanks again and I love this site Christy .

  6. No picture??? ugh! I always enjoy seeing the pictures! My next orange cake is going to be this one…it sounds so good! 🙂

    1. Sorry Wendy! I always include step by step photos and pics in my posts but this is a guest post, from one of the Southern Plate Family members who emailed it in. All I ask on those are the recipe, a story, and a family picture 🙂

      It does sound awesome, I’m so hungry right now!

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