Just to make things a little more stressful, I am planning on going to New York the weekend before Christmas. I will be one of a bazillion other tourists, but I want to experience New York during the holidays. I am going to bus to New York Saturday morning, return to DC Sunday night, work Monday, and fly out Monday night. Here’s hoping to good weather!
The ingredients are 1 ½ cups sugar, 1 cup mayonnaise, 1/3 cup orange juice, 1 tablespoon orange zest, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 3 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1 14 ounce can whole-berry cranberry sauce. The glaze requires 1 cup powdered sugar and 1 to 2 tablespoons orange juice.
I combined the mayonnaise and sugar.
I added the orange juice, lemon juice, and orange zest. The original recipe called for orange extract, but I didn’t want to purchase an entire bottle of orange extract for one cake. I used lemon juice instead. That probably isn’t an appropriate substitute, but it worked out.
In another bowl, I combined the flour, salt, and baking soda. I gradually added the dry ingredients to the sugar mixture. I stirred after each addition. When all the flour was added, the batter is very dry. I was a little worried, but the cranberry sauce adds liquid, and the cake was moist.