Orange Cake

orange cake

I haven’t baked any cakes in almost a year’s time. I have been thinking about it for a while, but could not take any action. Yesterday, finally I decided to do it. I baked this cake which turned out to be awesome. I could do better with the decorations though. I started at around 9:30 and wanted to just finish it.

Ingredients for cake:
1 and 1/2 cups All purpose flour
1 and 1/4 cups sugar
4 eggs separated
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 tea spn vanilla essence
1/4 cup orange juice
1 and 1/2 tea spn baking powder
1 tea spn orange zest

Icing:
1 and 1/2 cups whipping cream
2 tbl spns confectioners sugar
1 tea spn cream of tartar

Orange segments, orange zest for decoration
1/2 cup orange juice for soaking the cake

Method:
Preheat the oven at 350F for about 10 mins.
Grease a baking dish and keep it aside.
Take the egg whites in a bowl and beat them till they form soft peaks.
Take egg yolks, oil, orange juice, essence in a bowl and beat till it forms a uniform mixture.
In another bowl, sieve together flour, sugar, baking powder, orange zest. Add this dry ingredients mix to egg yolk mixture a little at a time till all the dry ingredients are well incorporated.
Now fold in the egg whites gently and mix.
Pour in the baking dish and bake at 350F for about 45mins or till the cake is done.
Let the cake cool and take it out of the baking dish.

For the icing – Beat together whipping cream,sugar and cream of tartar till soft peaks form. While beating the cream, I kept this bowl in another bowl with ice cubes. This keeps the cream cold.
Take the cake on cake board and evenly spread orange juice all over it till the cake soaks all the juice. Cover the cake with icing. Decorate with orange segments and zest.
(Next time, I am going to cut the cake horizontally and then add the juice to both pieces. Add a layer of cream between the two layers. That would make it much more moist and delicious).

Pictorial:

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43 Comments for “Orange Cake”

Cynthia (Kuwait)

says:

Morning dear,

New look really looks awsome and so is your orange cake.

Have a great and beautiful day ahead.

Shilpa

says:

Hi Shilpa,

New looks of the website is amazing and very good!!!

Your orange cake made me drool!!!! Shall try it.

Thanks,

Shilpa Shanbhag

Veena

says:

This is an absolutely fantastic recipe. Just what I have been looking for. And since you have posted it, I know it will turn out amazing. Thanks Shilpa.

says:

Shilpa, the new look is very refreshing.
And I love the look of the cake too, what do u mean it could be better? it is very pretty Did u give it to ur prince and little I like it?

says:

I wanted to make a professional looking cake, but could not get smooth ends. I will have to work on that. I need to practice a lot now.
Ohh, I haven’t given it to him yet. But I guess I will give him a taste atleast.

sandhya

says:

Hi Shilpa the cake looks absolutely delicious. I want to try it soon. I wanted to know what is orange zest and whether we need to add it or whether it can be done without it.

Keep posting such great recipes

Sandhya

says:

It is the orange part of the skin. Read more here. Before peeling the orange, take the zest or potato peeler and peel a thin layer of skin (make sure you don’t peel any white part, white part is bitter). It gives a great aroma. But if you don’t want, you can leave it out

K

says:

Yum…are you planning to bake for ur son’s bday? New look for the website but guess it needs lil more work may be? I see Ads in both left and right side of the page.. not sure if it was intended… and I dont see the link to see the posts by months/years… I generally love to browse thru ur page and get inspired by ur ideas ..pls enable that feature

says:

Shilpa, I tried this cake yesterday and it was finished almost as soon as it was cooled. Very yummy with that delicious citrusy taste. My whole family enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing this very simple recipe.

says:

Shilpa,
The new design for your Web page is looking good. I am always on the look for recipes for everyday dinner and your site is on my everyday watch list. Love the new look of the Web page.

Pratibha

says:

Shilpa!!! Wow! Your website has changed completely. I used to like looking at the kotto and other eats framing your old website. Thanks for continuing the good work with a new look. cheers Pratibha Prabhu

Sandra D'Sa

says:

Shilpa, the cake looks good… will try it soon….

Sorry to disagree with others but this is my personal opinion…. I do not like the new look of your website…
The website is called Aayi’s Recipes which is a homily one like all food cooked like our Aayi (mother)…
Your new look is devoid of the colour and warmth …. the greens, the red , yellows and oranges…. please the eye and pamper the palate….
Sorry to be a ‘critic’ but I love your website so much…and was disappointed on the new look….

Abhayanand Prabhu

says:

Hello there…

Its really amazing both web look and cake recipe also.
Suggestion is keep update north kanara dishes (konkan area)

Thanking You,

sk

says:

Nice . will try it sometime.
Not that you asked but in my honest opinion your website new look is good but not the best. I really didn’t like the header this time. Your previous website had a indian/konkani feel to it. This looks like any other website out there. But I loved the welcome page – the way the recent posts are displayed in seperate boxes. That’s really good. And the image slideshow is awesome. Also, the recipe index is good. OMG you have SO many recipes! Keep them coming. Love you for sharing all these wonderful recipes!

says:

We are still working on it SK. Doing one thing at a time. If we din’t start it, we could never gotten to it. We will get to header soon 🙂

ActiveRecipeFinder

says:

Hi Shilpa,
You are doing a great job of posting recipes here which is benefiting a lot of your blog readers. Also the new website is coming out nicely. We do understand that it takes time and you are only able do a few things at a time. But it will be nice if you can be a little more polite in acknowledging your readers feedback. I totally agree that it is your personal blog and you have the complete right to do what you like with it. But just as you would expect your readers to leave positive feedbacks here and be polite in responding, it would be nice if you can update your readers about your website change plans (which I don’t think anyone knew that it was on the way or if it is complete yet)and be polite in acknowledging their inputs/feedbacks.
Just adding a smiley face 🙂 with your answers will by no means take out the rudeness in some of your replies. Perhaps the fame of this website is making you act in this way????? Disappointing….

sk

says:

Hey Shilpa, No I didn’t find your reply rude at all. I appreciate you actually replying to your readers. I have a son same age as yours and I always keep wondering how you manage to work full time, take care of family, cook and blog regularly and then reply to everyones comments. I am sorry ‘ActiveRecipeFinder’ thought you were being rude, but you weren’t.
I had one question about this recipe. What’s the reason to seperate egg yolks and whites? Would it be ok if I just mix everything together – like we do for so many other cakes??

says:

sk, many cakes have this step, but usually I don’t follow as it looks like lot of work for me. When you beat the egg whites till peaks form, it aerates it and this procedure helps in making pluffy cakes. You have to be really careful and fold it slowly with other ingredients(where i lost patience and used hand mixer on medium, a very wrong thing to do because it would have deflated all the air). Yes, you can just leave that step and mix eggs like all other cakes it may not make a very pluffy cake, but I am sure cake will still be fine.

Vidya

says:

Delicious cake!
I liked the new layout of your website. However I felt that the first one you had,, that is the light yellow color background was the best. Wish your website get lot of success in future too.

Sujatha Kannan

says:

Hi Shilpa,

I tried this recipe last night for an impromptu b’day celebration, it came out super good. I just did not have time to make my own whip cream, instead got the Cool Whip tub from local grocery store … It was good enough. My kids loved it too. Thanks

Sujatha

Pradnya

says:

Hi Sujata/ shilpa, am also planning to use the cool whip with sugar added, did you add the cream of tartar Sujata, can we skip it?

docM

says:

Hey Shilpa
The receipe is yummy!!I tried doing it with regular atta instead of maida or all purpose flour n cake turned out superb..thanks so much..

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