August 21, 2011

Orange Cake and More Candles

Guess what? Another birthday and yet another cake.

My cousin Anjali is here by herself for a two week holiday and celebrated her 11th birthday the second day of her holiday.

I actually can't take credit for the beautiful cake we made, she did 90% of it. 

She chose the recipe from 'Cakes and Slices' a cookbook for the Australian Womens' Weekly.

First combine 1/2 cup of coconut and 1 cup of milk in a bowl and leave aside. Then cream together 125g of butter, 1 cup of sugar the rind of 1 orange. Cream till light and fluffy! Add two eggs and beat together. Sift 1 3/4 cups flour and 3 tsp of baking powder and alternately add this and the coconut milk to the wet mixture. Gently mix till smooth.

Pour into a greased and floured cake tin and bake for about an hour in 180 degrees till top is golden and a toothpick through the centre comes out clean. Take out the cake and cool before icing the cake.

We used a different icing recipe to the usual butter cream. We did an egg-whites icing. Slowly beat 2 egg-whites over a double boiler on a really low heat. Add 1 cup of sugar and beat till dissolved. Remove from heat and use an electric whisk to make a thick creamy icing. We added 1/2 cup of icing sugar to thicken it. Also add orange essence and/or orange zest.

Carefully pour the icing over the cake. Make sure it has cooled enough. We put the cake in the fridge for about 20 minutes. Anjali checked it every 30 seconds! Then back in the fridge for the icing to properly set. Cut an orange into thin slivers and arrange concentrically on the top. If the icing is too runny, the oranges will slip. Won't be very pretty. Put back into the fridge until you are ready to eat it. Picture below was my Dad's idea. Fridge light was quite a cool effect.

We only ate the cake the next day. Some of the juice of the oranges trickled down the icing, so we touched it up with a paintbrush and some leftover icing.

Took lots of pictures and then it takes forever to go through them! sigh* But, totally worth it. Cake tasted really good too, especially when heated for about ten seconds in the microwave. The orange juice sort of seeps into the cake. Yum. :)


jc said...

AMAZING!!! How can I get a slice?

shraddha said...


Tanisha Christo said...

Jyoti- Come and visit, I'll cook/bake for you. :)