Friday, July 1, 2011
Simple Orange Cake
Original Recipe ( from Cakes by Rachel lane/Carla Bardi)
1 1/2 cups ( 225gm) all purpose flour
3/4 cup ( 150gm) sugar
3 large eggs
1/2 cup ( 125 gm) butter, softened
1/3 cup ( 90ml) milk
1 tsbp finely grated orange zest
11/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsps butter ( or more until desired consistency)
2 tbsps freshly squeezed orange juice
2 tbsps shredded( dessicated) coconut ( i omitted this)
1. Preheat oven to 350F/180C. Lightly grease a 9" square pan.
2.To prepare the cake, beat the flour, sugar, eggs, butter, milk, orange zest, baking powder and salt in a large bowl with an electric mixer at low speed until well blended. Increase the mixer speed to medium and beat until pale and thick, about 3-4 minutes. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan.
3.Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool the cake completely in the pan on a rack. ( my batter is quite little in a 8 " pan due to half the recipe, so i baked for about 25-30 minutes in my oven at 160C)
4. To prepare the frosting, beat the icing sugar and butter in a medium bowl. Beat in enough orange juice to make a spreadable frosting. Spread the cake with the frosting and sprinkle with coconut.