Orange Slice Candy Cake Recipe

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Get creative and put your orange slice candies in a cake.
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Erline Oakley, Cadiz, Kentucky, sends a family favorite, Orange Slice Candy Cake recipe, which I’m including because I’m a big fan of orange slices.

1 cup butter or margarine
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup buttermilk
3 1/2 cups plain flour
1 pound candy orange slices, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 pound chopped dates or raisins
2 cups chopped nuts
1 can (8 1/2 ounces) cream of coconut
Frosting:
2 1/2 cups sugar
1 stick butter or margarine
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1/2 cup white syrup 
Heat oven to 350°F.
Cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Add eggs one at a time. Dissolve baking soda in buttermilk and add to creamed mixture.
Place flour in large bowl, add candy, dates, candy and nuts; stir until each piece is coated with flour. Add to creamed mixture. Add coconut and mix well.
Pour batter into large loaf or bundt pan; bake 45 to 50 minutes, or until cake tests done.
For frosting: In saucepan, combine all ingredients. Boil rapidly 1 minute. Beat until creamy; ice cake.

NOTE: Or replace frosting with a sauce of 1 cup fresh orange juice and 2 cups confectioner’s sugar. Beat until smooth and pour over cake. For cream of coconut, check the drink mixers section of your local grocery store, a neighborhood liquor story, or order online.