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Orange Cake

>> October 19, 2010



Whenever I see citrus fruits, I just think about using them up in my cooking: as a fresh ingredients or a cooked one. The reason is nothing but citrus fruits are very refreshing. Hope you will agree that even a simple lemon juice with a dash of salt is a way of rejuvenation when you are exhausted. If you are apprehensive about using salt in lemon juice, i would say it is highly recommended. This comes from my days in the NCC when salted and sugared lemon juice was served during breaks. 

The idea of an orange cake has been in my mind for quite some time. Somehow the addition of the whole orange peel kept me thinking whether i should try this or not. Finally, I stumbled upon an orange extract recently. I knew I cant buy it just for a one time use. So i thought about preparing orange soufflĂ©, orange cupcakes, orange muffins and of course an orange cake to use the whole thing up. And then I dint buy the orange extract. An orange extract is not actually needed for the cake. Fresh orange is used to bring out the flavor. 

the recipe

Orange - 2
Flour - 3/4 cup
Baking powder - 1 tsp

Egg - 2
Caster sugar - 1/2 cup
Oil - 1/2 cup
Milk - 5 tbsp
Vanilla extract - 3/4 tsp

to prepare the pan

Butter - 2 tsp
Flour - 1 tsp

the method

Chop the one orange into tiny pieces along with the peel. Deseed the orange as you cut it. This can be done by cutting the orange into half horizontally and then cutting through the segments. Keep it aside.

Prepare a cake pan by greasing it with butter and then by sprinkling flour. Dust off excess flour. I used a bundt pan 'coz the cake mixture is moist

Sift the flour and baking powder three times. 

Preheat the oven at 180 C for 5 minutes.

In a bowl, beat the eggs one by one at minimum speed. Add the sugar 1 tbsp at a time and run the electric beater in swirls. When all the sugar is added turn to high speed and beat the egg and sugar mix until it has doubled in volume. Add the vanilla extract and mix well. Pour the oil and beat till thoroughly incorporated. (I use a spatula to mix flour). Keep aside 1/4 of the flour. Add the remaining flour in batches alternatively with tablespoons of milk starting and ending with flour.

Mix the chopped orange with 1/4 of the flour (this is to make sure that the orange doesn't get collected at the bottom of the pan). Add to the cake mix, mix well. Pour it into the prepared pan and bake at 180 C for 35 - 40 minutes. Check whether a skewer or knife comes out clean. Take the cake out of the pan after ten minutes or when the cake has partially cooled. Pour juice from one orange on top of the cake. 

afterthoughts:

If you feel the top of the cake is getting overly browned / burnt cover the cake pan with parchment paper after the first 12-15 minutes of baking.

I have used a whole orange in this cake - peel on.....kids may be fussy about eating the peel....the peel can be substituted with rind from one orange.

36 comments:

Pushpa October 19, 2010 at 12:25 PM  

Orange cake looks moist and soft,love the flavor of oranges in cakes,looks delicious Roshan...

Pushpa @ simplehomefood.com

Premalatha Aravindhan October 19, 2010 at 12:25 PM  

Thanks for visiting my blog and for ur comments,Happy to follow ur recipes...Do visit often.

Prema.
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Sushma Mallya October 19, 2010 at 12:31 PM  

Looks very soft and spongy...yummy orange cake

Priya October 19, 2010 at 12:50 PM  

Spongy and super soft cake looks absolutely gorgeous..

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Rachel October 19, 2010 at 2:45 PM  

I love citrus flavours and orange in baked goods sure makes a difference.

Hamaree Rasoi October 19, 2010 at 3:12 PM  

sounds so flavoured cake....looks soft too

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Ms.Chitchat October 19, 2010 at 4:25 PM  

Enjoyed browsing thro' ur space and glad to follow u:) Orange cake looks soft and moist.

Chitchat

Prathima Rao October 19, 2010 at 6:28 PM  

Thx Roshan for dropping by n ur lovely comments :) Love the orange cake..looks moist n nice..

aipi October 19, 2010 at 6:39 PM  

I loooooove citrus flavors in baked goodies and this one looks awesome..so moist n delicious!

US Masala

reciperoll.com October 19, 2010 at 6:53 PM  

Delicious n flavorful cake...

Kairali sisters October 19, 2010 at 8:18 PM  

Yummy cake. orange flavor will def give a freshness..

Vasavi Suresh October 19, 2010 at 9:41 PM  

Orange cake looks so moist and fluffy... Thanks for visiting my blog..

Ananda Rajashekar October 19, 2010 at 10:51 PM  

orange cakes are my fav, they come so beautifully soft :)

Swathi October 20, 2010 at 12:09 AM  

Yummy moist cake. Love it.

Jay October 20, 2010 at 1:51 AM  

hy Roshan,

fascinating space you have...first time here...loved your mouthwatering cake recipe...glad to follow u...

do drop in at my space sometime..

Tasty Appetite

Amritha Kalyani October 20, 2010 at 2:42 AM  

sooo yummy... very tempting.. i love the orange flavor and taste in cake..

Biny Anoop October 20, 2010 at 2:50 AM  

love ur cake recipe...ya the use of whole orange is interesting...but surely the cake looks yummy

Priya Sreeram October 20, 2010 at 4:58 AM  

lovely, fresh n soft----yumm!!

Sara's Corner October 20, 2010 at 8:22 AM  

Cake looks perfect and tempting.

Shalini October 20, 2010 at 10:54 AM  

thanks for visiting my blog n leaving ur valuable comments. you have a fantastic blog with delicious recipes. i would like to follow u. cheers:)

Rumana Rawat October 20, 2010 at 12:45 PM  

This is really a yummy looking cake:)

Roshan October 20, 2010 at 4:28 PM  

hi all,

thanks for your lovely comments...

cheers

roshan

BangaloreBaker October 20, 2010 at 4:59 PM  

Thank you Roshan for a lovely cake entry.

kothiyavunu.com October 21, 2010 at 12:08 AM  

Super soft and yummy orange cake..wish to taste a piece..:)

Sharmi October 21, 2010 at 9:28 AM  

the texturte of the cake looks so good. nice pic!

Soumya October 22, 2010 at 1:32 AM  

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NIDHYA October 22, 2010 at 4:16 AM  

What a lovely, moist and flavorful cake..awesome.

Aaha Oho

RAKS KITCHEN October 22, 2010 at 3:06 PM  

Cake looks soft and sounds very yummy!

MiniBinoy October 22, 2010 at 4:56 PM  

Hi Roshan , orange is one of my fav flavours i luv to work with!!your orange cake looks very moist and flavourful!!..mouth watering pic!!

Rekha October 23, 2010 at 6:34 PM  

Loooks super moist and yumm..

Sanjeeta kk October 26, 2010 at 11:00 AM  

Lovely texture for this delicious cake.

Pavithra December 21, 2010 at 9:06 AM  

Hope I am landing first time in your space.. wow u have huge wonderful recipes and this orange cake looks so yumm !!!

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