This beautiful and refreshing recipe has been inspired from the recipe of Christinas Cucina where she has recommended using a whole Sicilian orange for the cake and one whole orange for the glaze. Cristina has very graciously allowed me to share her recipe with you all and I would really recommend you to check more of her recipes .
This was my first attempt at baking a cake in a gas oven in our new home and I was almost certain of a failure 😛 …. so I did not waste a lot of food. I hence reduced the ingredients and made the cake and glaze using just one Sicilian Orange.
This recipe marked many firsts for me
- First attempt at baking in a Gas oven
- First attempt at baking a fruit based cake
- First attempt at making a glaze
So off I went on a cold Chicago noon to get all the ingredients and prepared this amazing orange cake which warms your soul!!
Christina recommends using a scale for this one, and I would too. It really makes a massive difference to baking when using a scale and when baking without a scale. Making this cake made that very clear to me. I usually bake using measurements in cups which do work most of the times but when trying something new, I recommend using a scale to reduce the chances of messing up!
For the original recipe by Christina refer to the link here. In my recipe I have reduced the size of my cake a bit so it can be easily devoured by 2-3 people in one sitting without feeling like its a cheat meal 😛
- 2 whole eggs
- 125 gms Sugar
- 140 gms All Purpose Flour
- 1 ½ tsp Baking Powder
- 50 gms butter at room temparature
- 55 gms plain Greek yogurt
- ½ Organic orange, deseeded washed and cut in cubes with the rinds on. Save the other half for the glaze.
- ½ organic orange, deseeded cut in slices
- 50 gms sugar
- I prep my baking pans before hand to avoid a rush before putting my cakes in the oven. So spray an 8 inch Round Cake Pan with cooking spray and line it with parchment paper and keep it ready.
- Take the butter in a bowl and start beating it with a mixer or a whisk (as i did) till it is fluffy. Do this for approximately 5 minutes if whisking by hand or if using a mixer, whisk it for approximately 2-3 minutes
- Gradually add sugar to the butter and keep on whisking for another 10 minutes by hand (5 by mixer) till the sugar is very well incorporated in the butter mix. I use fine granulated Sugar for this as this will allow the sugar to be perfectly incorporated in the butter.
- In another bowl whisk eggs till fluffy
- Mix together the all purpose flour and baking soda
- To the butter mixture, add in the flour mix and the whisked eggs alternatively while mixing the whole mixture. This way you will blend all the ingredients well and incorporate sufficient air to fluff your cake.
- Once all the ingredients are mixed, fold in the greek yogurt and lightly mix till well blended.
- Take the half cubed orange and puree it up. Add this orange puree into the cake mix. This will fill your kitchen with a pleasant orange scent!! 🙂
- Once well blended, pour the mix into your baking pan and bake it for around 35-40 mins depending on your oven at 350 F gas mark or 180 degrees.
- After half and hour, check with a skewer or cake tester to ensure the cake is baked and then remove it from the oven and allow it to cool for 15 – 20 mins before removing it from the pan.
This cake can be enjoyed just like this without the glaze it tastes just as delicious and you save up from a few extra calories which the sugary glaze will put in the cake. But if you are a glaze fan or have a massive sweet tooth like me…read on for the glaze!
I wanted my glaze to add on the flavour to my cake as well as decorate the cake with it.. The original recipe suggests using juice of one whole orange and sugar. I wanted the glaze to be pulpy so instead of making juice of my half orange, I sliced it thin.
I added ¾ cup of water in a deep pan and added sugar to it. Once the sugar started melting I put in my orange slices, lowered the heat to a mild simmer and let it simmer ever so slightly for 10 mins.
Now since the quantities I was working with were really less, the orange slices started breaking apart leaving the glaze pulpy and sweet instead of the whole candied orange slices which I was hoping for.
Nevertheless, I let it simmer overall for around 15 minutes, after which i shut the heat down, let the glaze cool down and poured it on my cooled cake!!
The end result looked something like this…..
Before it got wolfed down by two foodies 😛 Do give it a try and let me know how you liked it!! 🙂