My life has changed a lot over the last couple of years but one thing that bears permanence is my love for baking. I find baking extremely therapeutic and calming and while I am in the flow I loose myself to the world. Generally speaking I feel myself a tad disorganised but it is pleasantly surprising that my baking supplies are always there to calm & cheer me & in an extremely organised handy pantry. I am able to whip up something exciting and tasty in a matter of minutes and I really hope that you find the same joy and happiness with the recipes that I share from my oven especially for you my dear readers.
Reminiscing my glorious childhood memories, I often recollect those vivid moments where I would stealthily walk into the kitchen during those lazy summer afternoons when my mum would be resting after cooking and cleaning the kitchen. I would carefully pull out my baking utensils and start my cracking, whisking, mixing, folding and all baking techniques I picked up reading the magazines from the library & in the process making a mess on the kitchen counter and finally coming out with pride with my endeavour effort and enterprise.Not to mention the amount of chiding I would get form my mom after the whole episode irrespective of the cake turning out to be super soft and delectable. My younger brother would be slicing of the pieces relentlessly and choking up his mouth and sipping endless cups of tea. He would literally warn me not to share with creation with our neighbours or friends. I simply love those beautiful treasured memories that eventually nurtured my passion and brought my inner desire to bake and share in this virtual world.
Now myself a mom to two handsome and energetic boys who share the same joy and passion for baked goodies especially coming home after school and finding a baked treat is like a treasure for them. I can see their hand gestures and nodding while their mouths are stuffed with those baked goodies. Those few moments are nothing other than sheer bliss for me.
I believe that my astral stars in 2016 were so well aligned that they literally forced a rebirth of my blog, my passion, my joy, my connection and with that came my love for photography and styling. Seeing my passion and enthusiasm I upgraded my old DSLR to the latest version and now my dream of expanding my lens gear has also come true with the latest addition of a macro lens. I was debating mentally about this for a month now. Finally I decided to jump in and buy it and the beautiful lens (Nikon105mm F/2.5 G) is with me. Since the beginning of this year, I have lunched my styling and photography services and find myself very fortunate to have worked with local business and local restaurants. Having this lens will be a big help in my profession. Now that I am truly following my inner call and desire, all I need is blessings, love and support of my beautiful readers.
Hmmm… Okay enough spoken & ranted.. First thing first… Let’s dive into this gorgeous orange cake known as old fashioned orange cake. I found this little treasure in the latest Gourmet Traveller magazine I also love the little story that goes into baking this cake. I know the post is way to lengthy but trust me you will enjoy the note and it will be an instant hook.
As the journal says that lots of cooking is based on abundance or seasonal supplies. but this cake is the opposite.The little story that the writer imagines is that a family might have got a big box of oranges as a gift. It’s all very special. Then someone in the family would venture out to bake a orange cake and that would turn out to be fabulous and it becomes talk of the family and so on. They would enjoy and cherish the memories of the best ever cake they had so far had with wonderfully perfumed from fresh oranges…..
Now, if you decide to give it a spin… Then don’t forget to tag me in any social media but I enjoy connecting on Instagram so see you there.
- 200g unsalted butter melted
- 1¼ cup plain flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 oranges
- 3 eggs
- 225g castor sugar
- 60ml ( ¼ ) Orange liqueur
- Shift the flour and baking powder and set aside.
- Zest the orange and peel it, cut into chunks and puree it in a food processor.
- In a large bowl, whisk eggs and sugar until light and pale and mix the pureed orange. Fold in the flour and then mix the melted butter and orange liquer.
- Pour a well greased bundt pan and bake it in a preheated oven of 180"C for about 30 minutes. or until the skewers come out clean. Let it cool down and remove it carefully.
- To make the Orange glaze.
- Mix 1 cup confectionary sugar with 1 tablespoon of fresh orange juice and zest. Drizzle on a slightly cool cake.