Thursday, 27 June 2013

Orange cake

I was going through my posts the other day and realized that I didn't have a single cake post.I bake pretty often,but both hubby and I have a sweet tooth and we mostly finish the cakes when they are hot out of the oven.I do realize that cakes taste better the next day when all the flavours set in,but we have only a very little left the next day:)This is one of the most softest and moistest cake that I have had, it has a lovely orange flavour and no butter.I found this recipe in a cook book(Heavenly Cakes) that I borrowed some time back,luckily I had jotted it down :) I've slightly tweaked the recipe for the orange flavour. I love baking with orange as it fills the whole house with a beautiful aroma. This one's also a favorite of my dad and our little cat 'Chelsee'.Now don't take that lightly,Chelsee's the most choosiest cat that I've ever come across.Right from the fish she eats to the milk she drinks ,she's very particular.She loves sweets, especially cakes .She loves the cakes from Mcrennet in Chennai and whenever we buy a box,one piece of her favorite flavour would always be there.When I first baked this cake at home,my dad told me that he's gonna have a quality test done and offered Chelsee some.I was so happy when she finished it off and asked for more.I guess most of you would be laughing by now :) but pet lovers like me would realize how important a part of life they become.I miss her a lot and I thought I should mention about her in this post :) And this is chelsee :)



So off to the cake....



You'll Need:
All purpose flour/ Maida - 225 g -  2 1/4 cups
Eggs - 3 large (at room temperature)
Fine Sugar - 225 g - 1 1/4 cup
Baking powder - 3 tsp
Salt - 3/4 tsp
Whipped Cream (cold) - 350 g
Orange zest - 1.5 tbsp (from one big orange)
orange essence - 1/2 tsp

Method :
-Pre-heat the oven to 350° F / 175 ° C
-Sift the Flour,baking powder and salt together.
-For the orange zest: Clean and scrape the skin of the orange with a grater,to get the orange zest.

The poor orange after it's zest was removed
-In a small bowl slightly beat the eggs,orange essence and the orange zest.
-In a big bowl,add the whipped cream and beat until it thickens and it form sharp tips when the beater is lifted.
-Add the egg mixture and beat just until it is incorporated.About 2 minutes.
-Then gradually add the sugar while beating the batter and beat for another 2 minutes until all the sugar is incorporated.
-Now add the flour mixture in three batches , mixing well with a big slotted ladle after each addition. Just mix until there are no traces of flour.Please don't over mix.
-Butter the sides of a pan and dust it with flour.Fill it with the batter until it fills almost 3/4 th of the pan .Bake for 25 - 35 minutes,until a toothpick or skewer inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.The batter fills a 9 " pan,if you have any leftover batter you can bake them into small cupcakes :)
-Remove from the oven and let it sit in the pan for 5 minutes ,then remove from the pan and let it cool.
-Enjoy !


Thanks for stopping by ! Happy Baking !

44 comments:

  1. Oh Reni!that slice of cake looks really delectable ..and the pet with shuttlecock looks so cute:)Din't know pets are worse than kids when it comes to food.

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    1. Thanks a lot Meena ! Yes they can be as picky as little kids :) guess that's wat makes them cute ....:)

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  2. Awesome cake.. Loved its texture.. Super soft moist cake.. Wow.. Chelsee is very cute Reni.. :)

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  3. Perfectly baked cake.. Super moist and love the outcome dear..

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  4. orange cake will be delicious.I love the addition of whipped cream.

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  5. superb cake reni.. love the flavor

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  6. Lovely and perfect orange cake Reni, looks super soft, will try adding whipped cream next time....

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  7. Wow.. Looks very great Reni.. Soft & moist & crumby.. Wud love to have a great chunk of this yummy cake :)

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  8. HaaHaa, I loved your Dad's pun....Quality test on Chelsee! LOL
    Btb, Chelsee looks adorable and naughty!!
    And the cake looks perfectly baked, textured and delectable!!
    I can drool over such cakes all day!!
    Im sure your house was filled with aroma! Nice shots!

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    1. Thanks a lot dear ! She's really naughty and cherished,most of the time more pampered than us :)

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  9. Awww. Love Chelsee! Although, we never had cats (My Dad has five dogs - reason enough for no kitties.), I have always wanted one. However, the dogs also have all kinds of preferences in all things. (The 'Big Boy' William would eat our birthday cakes with frosting, the 'Lady' Ashy would eat only the cake and no frosting, the 'Kiddo' Amy would eat neither cake nor frosting, and so on. :))

    And the cake looks so so so good Reni - Moist and soft. Love the pics too. Bright and cheery - I rarely get good lighting here - I live in a dungeon! :(

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    1. Priya,it's the other way with me,I've always wanted to have a puppy,but it was impossible with cats around :)And I love the names of your dogs....they win us so easily with their unadulterated loved,don't they :)Thanks a lot dear :) It was one of those rare days when we have some light...otherwise it's either raining of gloomy :(

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  10. We are into cakes but I do bake for my friends and family. I have to agree that cakes taste better the next day. For me, I don't have a choice but to keep the cakes for a day at least because by the time I bake, its already night and somehow pictures does not turn out right when taken at that time. So the pictures are next day and the cake is packed to be given.

    Love the orange into the cake, my fav fruit which is a fabulous add on. The cake is moist and very inviting.

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    1. Thanks a lot Nava ! Very sweet of u to bake for ur friends and family :) the same with me too. I end up baking in the night too and luckily its summer and on good days we have light until late in the night :)

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  11. Super spongy yummy Cake....
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  12. oh..mouth watering here.yummy cake.

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  13. Wonderful moist cake, like ur pet! I too had mine in past!

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  14. loved the colour of cake..stands for the name too

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  15. Just mouthwatering...looks delicious!

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    1. Thanks a lot for Stopping by !

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  16. wishing i were that cat!! :-) ....the cake looks perfect

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  17. wow orange cake...this is super tempting. The same is with me, i start eating it up before it cools, just like a child i go and simply break asmall part and keep on tasting the cake..............

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  18. Orange Cake looks so soft and delicious esp loved the colorful cute owl sitting right next to the cake...

    -Mythreyi
    Yum! Yum! Yum!

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    1. Thanks a lot for stopping by Mythreyi :)

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  19. OMG!! the cake looks completely perfect!! Loved it Reni!!

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  20. Very delicious cake. Cake information was too useful for us.
    Thanks,
    From - Chennai cakes

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