Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Citrus Cake and Taste of Oranges
As mentioned in my earlier post here, the change of seasons brings the freshest of fruits and vegetables. Right now with winter on our heels, the market is flooded with delicious kamala oranges. I think nature also knows what is good for us and when. Oranges with their high Vitamin C content helps protect us against colds and any other passing infections. And sure enough, right on cue, oranges come right when we need them to.
Oranges are one fruit that the children really enjoy. Even if they are a little tart now and then, they still down them at a furious pace. Oranges are supposed to have a high satiety factor even compared to bananas.
Oranges are such a versatile fruit. Can be used in so many different ways. Cakes, desserts, juices, cooking, just by itself... the list goes on.
The other day a friend asked for a cake for a bake sale. I had been wanting to make this cake for a long long time. This then became the perfect one to make for the sale.
It is an easy recipe which can be made by anyone, even rank beginners.
2 1/3 cup all purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon lemon essence
1/2 cup orange juice
For glace frosting:
2 cups icing sugar/ confectioners sugar
1/3 cup orange juice
juice of 1 lime
Sift together all the dry ingredients ( flour, baking powder, salt).
Cream the softened butter and sugar till light. Add lemon essence and eggs one at a time. Mix well.
Add milk and the dry ingredients and continue to beat till well mixed.
Bake in a greased and lined 9 X 13 inch pan at 175 deg C for about 25 minutes
When the cake is still hot, take out from the pan and poke holes in it. Pour orange juice over it till it gets soaked.
Frost the cake.
Sift the icing sugar. Heat the orange juice and mix with the icing sugar and lemon juice. Pour over the cake and leave to set.
Decorate with sprinkles.