Saturday, March 8, 2014

Making Sicilian Orange Cake

Oranges are considered one of my staple foods. I always have them in my fridge and buy a big pack of them regularly every weekend.

Last night I was browsing some easy cake recipes and stumbled upon a very pretty butter cake recipe that incorporates oranges. The cake is called Sicilian Orange Cake and the recipe promises a pleasing tangy butter cake that everyone would find it hard to resist. After quickly reading the recipe, I thought this one is pretty easy to do as the steps are quite basic and all the ingredients are mostly already available in my kitchen.

This early morning, soon after my husband left for work, I decided to get busy in the kitchen making this cake while Naomi was watching Finding Nemo in the living room.

This is my first bake after I got pregnant again and I was honestly a tad worry about the end result of my cake because I think I have been experiencing 'Momnesia' or commonly known as "pregnancy brain" in the past couple of weeks. These days, I feel like I am not as sharp and efficient as usual and I forget many things easily. This is so hard for me because I am one of those persons who have pretty good memory and when I am faced with little bouts of forgetfulness on daily basis, I feel so frustrated. Here are some examples of my Momnesia. There was one time when I actually used Dettol Shower Gel to wash my hair. I didn't realize this until I was halfway washing my hair. I wanted to eat chocolate wafer but found myself munching some raisins instead. Last night, I was actually remembering my to-do-list for Naomi and myself before going to bed. Things like, brushing teeth, taking my contact lenses off, washing my face, putting Naomi on her pyjamas and preparing her milk. By right, all these tasks should be done in order because I am a very routine person. I don't know how I got lost in the middle but after I changed Naomi into her pyjamas, I found my contact lenses cases on top Naomi's milk container. What is that thing doing there? I always keep my contact lenses cases in my bathroom. Where was my head?

Fresh from the oven.

Anyway, here's the recipe that I used to day to make my Sicilian Orange Cake and this is the original recipe that I followed. Trust me, despite my current Momnesia, my Sicilian Orange Cake turned out really pretty and nice. I love everything about this cake. It's so citrusy, buttery rich and moist.

My Sicilian Orange Cake.

Sicilian Orange Cake

  • 1 pack Unsalted Butter (about 227-250gr), at room temperature
  • 200gr Castor Sugar
  • 4 Eggs
  • Grated orange zest from 2 oranges
  • 250gr Cake flour, sifted
  • 120ml Freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degree Celsius. 
  2. Cream butter, vanilla extract and sugar with electrical mixer until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until the mixture is well combined.
  4. Beat in orange zest.
  5. Fold the cake flour into the cake batter by using spatula.
  6. Slowly pour the orange juice into the cake batter and mix well.
  7. Pour the cake batter into a cake pan that is already lined and greased. 
  8. Bake the cake for 45-60 minutes or until the skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean.
  9. Let the cake cool before unmoulding the cake.
  10. Decorate the cake with some icing sugar dust or glaze, as desired.
Care for a slice?

Easy and straight-forward to make, isn't it? I decorated my orange cake with some icing sugar glaze and sprinkled the cake top with some orange zest.

I don't really have a specific recipe to make the icing sugar glaze. What I did was mixing a tablespoon of milk powder with 2-3 teaspoons of water. Then, I added few drops of vanilla extract and poured some liberal amount of icing sugar into the mix. I stirred everything with a spoon and kept on adding some icing sugar until I reached the glaze consistency that I wanted. That simple.

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