Rue McClanahan’s Orange Poppy-Seed Cake 

Also known as Blanche Devereaux from the hit Television series “The Golden Girls”  and a Oklahoma Native!  I am a fan of her memorial page on Facebook.  And they graciously posted this recipe for all of Rue’s fans.  I think that it is fabulous that even a busy actress like Rue even had time to bake. And it wasn’t beneath her to use a boxed cake mix either!  I LOVE THAT!


1 box Duncan Hines Yellow Cake Mix
1 small package instant vanilla Pudding
1 cup orange Juice
1/2 cup oil
4 eggs
2 Tablespoons Poppy Seeds
2 Tablespoons grated Orange Rind

For the Orange Glaze:

2 Tablespoons Butter
2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
2 Tablespoons Milk
3/4 cup powdered sugar


1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and grease a bundt pan and set aside.

2. Combine all cake ingredients in a large bowl and pour into greased bundt pan.

3.  Bake at 325 degrees for approx. 50 minutes.

Directions for the Glaze:

Melt Butter, brown sugar and milk together in a sauce pan.  Add Powdered sugar.  Amounts of powdered sugar can vary depending on the consistency that you want to achieve.

Here is a pictures of the recipe card posted on the Memorial Fan page!