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. Love this recipe! i have one very similar that a co-worker gave me years ago when I worked at a doctor’s office. The only difference is that hers used lemon instant pudding and 1 teaspoon of lemon extract, used water instead of OJ in cake, otherwise essentially the same. I have not made it in a long time, but as I remember, it was really moist. This brought back memories of a good friend. Will have to make it soon. Thanks./bj

  2. Christy, did not know where else to ask this. I looooved the video of your darling son. But, I must have deleted it and did not intend to, now I have told all my children about it and can’t find it. Is it somewhere that I can retrieve it? He should be in the movies. It was awesome but if you think he will get the bighead you can keep this between us.
    Love getting your recipes and ‘blogs’
    Joyce B.

  3. Darn! If I had orange juice on hand, I would be making this cake, right now! Thanks, Danielle. (and Christy!). Sounds delicious!!! I plan on making it soon!!!

  4. Danielle,
    Thanks for sharing this! It sounds like one my mama used to make (she passed away almost 25 years ago, but I can almost “taste” the cakes and pies she used to make :-). I can’t wait to try it out on my hubby.
    Have a BLESSED Easter!

  5. I made this today just because it sounded so good. And, boy is it! I double sifted the box mix just because a friend told me that it makes it more like homemade cake when you do that with any box mix recipe. I had a Lemon Supreme cake mix on hand so I used that instead of a yellow box mix. It is so refreshing! i think it would taste great with some pineapple chunks on it! Thanks, Danielle and Christy!

  6. I really hope everyone enjoys this cake! I get asked for the recipe anytime I make it. Now I can just tell everyone to head on over here and check it out!

    Thanks to everyone who reads it and especially to Christy for posting it!

    Love to all.

    Danielle Dykman

    1. It’s in the oven as I write! Thought it would be a good dessert for tonight – the last day of Spring Break for us. Spent a wonderful week in Destin and returned home yesterday. Can’t wait to taste this cake…….thanks for sharing.

  7. mama used to make an orange cake from scratch that sounds a lot like this one, the glaze sounds like it’s dead on to what hers was.. she would slice up an orange real thin and put the slices on top of the cake for “pretty.” somehow, mama lost the recipe about 40 years ago and was never able to duplicate it. i can still taste it, though. that was a summertime cake around our house. thanks for bringing back some good memories. Just got home from good church and it’s a glorious day in Combine, Texas!

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