Monday, 24 November 2008

Chocolate and Orange and Racing Cars

For the big girl's family birthday celebration, I made this recipe from the good ole Australian's Women's Weekly "Cakes and Slices" book. It's called Orange Yoghurt Cake and it's great because it's a little bit interesting, but the flavour isn't too complicated so as to be too much for young kids. It also turns out firm and moist, and stays that way for a couple of days.

Oh, before you start, note that this takes 2 hours to bake,and needs a fair bit of preparation. I'd forgotten that, when I headed into the kitchen at 9pm the night before the birthday. Oh yes, it was a late night. The things we do.

Orange Yoghurt Cake
125g butter
1 tbs grated orange rind
1 cup castor sugar
3 eggs, separated
1/2 cup mixed peel (I left this out and just added a little bit extra orange rind)
2 cups self-raising flour
1/4 cup orange juice
1 cup plain yoghurt

Grease a pan. The book says a loaf pan but, meh, use whatever pan takes your fancy. I made a double batch which was plenty of a loaf pan and a ring pan. Preheat oven to 150 degrees C.

Cream butter, rind and sugar in a small bowl with electric mixer until light & fluffy; beat in egg yolks one at a time. Transfer to a large bowl and stir in peel. Stir in half the sifted flour & half the combined juice & yoghurt, then remaining flour & yoghurt mixture.
Beat egg whites in small bowl until soft peaks form, fold lightly into mixture in 2 lots. Pour into pan. Bake in slow oven for about 2 hours. Stand 5 minutes before cooling on wire rack.

Now, just so you know, the mixture should not look like this. This is what it looked like when I put it in the pans & into the oven the first time.
Then I turned around and saw the egg whites still in the bowl on the bench. Oops! Quick!

Out of the pans, back in the bowl, in with the whites.... and this is how the mixture should look:
The recipe calls for orange icing, amde simply with butter, icing sugar and orange juice. However, I opted to use some luxurious Scarborough Fair (fair trade) orange chocolate and make up a choc-orange ganache type frosting.

I kinda made it up as I went, but basically.... put the chopped chocolate with some cream in a heatproof bowl above simmering water. Stir until all chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth and shiny. Still over the heat, add some icing sugar and keep stirring just till it gets a bit thicker. Take off the heat. If you're anythging like me you'll now spend ages adding a bit more cream, a bit more sugar, until it looks just right.
This frosting goes quite crusty as it cools down so get that cake covered, and enjoy the dollops left in the bowl (not too much though, especially if you've used rich dark chocolate like I did)!

The finished cake:
Racetrack and cars entirely optional, of course. :)


Nic said...

Awesome !!!! You did well.

lusi said...

You are mum-of-the-year-material Sum for being able to bake a cake like that and improvise the icing as you go along (and made with fair trade chocolate - well done there too!) Hey speaking of Fair Trade, my old shop i used to teach in sells all kinds of beautiful fair trade stuff online.
anyhoo back to you being amazing - you are! staying up till after 11 to bake for gorgeous Talitha! Love your work Sumi!
Here is a link to my post from April (on my old blog) very briefly explaining a little about why we celebrated passover:
We are loving looking into all the feasts of Israel at the moment -not because we are Jewish (obviously we aren't lol) but b/c we love being able to see the whole picture God was painting and how so many of God's promises were foreshadowed through the feasts and then fulfilled in Jesus. some of the meanings are still being fulfilled or will be completely in heaven but we think it's great to think on those things.
Sorry for the long post but just wanted to share the link and stuff before i forgot.
Love you,
Lus x

Sumara said...

Thanks Nic. :)

Lol, Lus, I am so not mum-of-the-year material and you know it! But thanks. :)

Thanks for the link, I will have a look.

Anonymous said...

That is such a clever cake! I never would have thought of that!!

Sumara said...

Thank you, bakingblonde! All the credit goes to the 6-year-old herself, and the good old Australian Women's Weekly. :)

Sister Suffragette! said...

Looks amazing!!! Well done. I love a beautiful cake which would taste even better than it looks!!!

Sumara said...

Thanks, Chrissy. :)