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Friday, 19 May 2017

Orange Cake

May 1st - Labour Day - was rainy and chilly in Geneva. Early that morning, we bumped into schoolgirls selling “muguets”, which is the flower symbol of that day. Sweetheart bought a sprig of lily-of-the-valley for me.

Later on, when I returned home, I thought we should celebrate Labour Day. As any celebration requires a cake and flowers (at least for me), I prepared this cake, which is moist, fluffy, delicious and so easy to make. If you like the taste of orange, I strongly recommend this cake.

The one I made was small but I give you the “normal size” recipe for about 10 people.

Ingredients
240 g butter, softened
240 g sugar
2 tbsp sugar
4 eggs
240 g flour
2 tsp baking powder
The juice and the zest of 4 very juicy oranges (I used organic oranges, each weighing 200g)
A little bit of grated coconut (optional)

Preparation
Preheat the oven to 180°C.

Prepare the zest of the 4 oranges and their juice.

In a large bowl, work the butter into a cream.

Add the sugar gradually, whisking, then incorporate the eggs, one at a time, without ceasing to stir.

Add the flour and baking powder, then the orange zest and half the juice.

Butter a mould and pour in the mixture.

Bake for 40 to 50 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare a syrup with the remaining orange juice and the 2 tbsp of sugar.

Bring to the boil for 6 minutes.

Unmould the cake and leave to cool slightly.

Sprinkle it with the orange juice syrup you have prepared.

Sprinkle with coconut (optional).


Note: The cake must be well impregnated with syrup, to have a pronounced taste of orange.




44 comments:

  1. This looks absolutely delightful. I imagine having a slice with a hot cup of tea.

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    1. Monica, thank you so much - you just made my day!

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  2. I love orange cakes. What a great use of the peel to decorate the cake!

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    1. Thanks Arthur! No waste - I brought the peel to the boil, covered and simmered very gently until the peel could be easily pierced with a fork. I left it cooled - It was really delicious and looked pretty too:)

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  3. Tem um aspecto delicioso!
    Bfds

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    1. Muito obrigada Pedro pelas suas palavras. Bfds

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  4. Mmmm j'adore !
    Il a l'air bien moelleux et parfumé ! Bravo pour tes recettes de desserts & cakes, ils sont faciles à faire, riche en saveurs et tu les présentes tellement bien. Merci du partage! Gros bisous et bonne journée !

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    1. Salut Chantal !Tu devrais essayer ce gâteau de tous les péchés...hahaha...si bon. Merci beaucoup pour ton gentil mot. Bises et bon weekend :)

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  5. How wonderful! That orange cake looks amazing!!! You take such atmospheric photographs too. I love the way you always find a reason to celebrate! I need that in my life! :D

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    1. Liebe Rebecca, that's really kind! It's easy to photograph when it's so yummy and pretty! Have a great weekend ahead :)

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  6. Hummmm aspecto delicioso e gosto muito de bolos com sabor a laranja.
    Um abraço e bom fim-de-semana.

    Andarilhar
    Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
    Livros-Autografados

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    1. Muito obrigada Francisco pelas suas palavras. Um abraço e bom fim-de-semana.

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  7. It seems like I can taste and smell that cake through my computer screen :) This seems like dessert for spring.

    I appreciate the fact that you also post the recipes to these creations.

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    1. Brian, thank you so much - you just made my day! :)

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  8. Another astounding looking cake! It looks very light and fluffy.

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    1. Thanks Cresta Bear! What a lovely compliment as always :)

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  9. I just love an orange cake and I'm so glad you were inspired to bake this beauty of yours. This reminds me of schiacciata florentina, an orange cake recipe I learned years ago and I loved it but for some reason after the first few times of making it, I couldn't get it quite as fluffy anymore. I have to revisit it. Thanks for the inspiration and love the lilies of the valley.

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    1. You are such a dessert/cake enthusiast, Monica. I have never heard of "Schiacciata Fiorentina" I have to Google it :) This cake is very easy to make and extremely delicious... and dangerous too because we always want more than a slice.
      Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts with us. I always enjoy your sincere and interesting comments.

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  10. The orange cake looks so very moist and tender. I bet you couldn't just walk away with just eating one. I certainly would love a 2nd helping!

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    1. You're absolutely right, Angie! Thanks for stopping by :)  

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  11. This sounds like a delight for all your senses!! You've got me craving orange cake now!! Lol

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    1. Absolutely, Charles - I can't stop thinking about this cake!!

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  12. Cake looks delicious, thanks to you I'm in the mood for something sweet ;-) Have a lovely weekend :-)

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    1. Well, Alice... Hope you give an orange cake try soon. :)

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  13. A esta hora comia uma fatia... aliás... não sei se me ficaria apenas por uma... a acompanhar um chá de Rooibos, acho que era uma boa combinação e se fosse a contemplar uma paisagem como a Suiça tem, de um lago, umas montanhas com neve a envolver, era o cenário perfeito!
    Beijo

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    1. Hahaha...Você é como eu, Rui - nunca me contento com uma so fatia. Chá e bolo é de verdade um par perfeita, e se ainda por cima temos uma linda paisagem...É um cenário de sonho. Beijo e bom fim-de-semana :)

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  14. Lovely post dear! Have a great weekend! xx

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  15. Hi sweetie! It appears so so soft, delicious and impregnated of delicious syrup! You've sooo good at cooking! A big hug

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    1. Thanks Marghe! I love cooking and baking cakes - it relaxes me and I improve my cooking skills over time.

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  16. Your orange cake is perfect with a cup of tea. My front garden has lily-of-the-valley that manage to thrive in spite of my less than green thumb.

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    1. Thanks Margie! So your garden smells wonderfully good - I love the odor of lily-of-the-valley.

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  17. Another scrumptious looking cake! I love people who can just go into the kitchen and whip up a cake. And I used to have muguets growing outside my backdoor in Michigan.

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    1. Thanks Judy! That really means a lot. This is just the encouragement I need to keep improving my baking skills :)

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  18. Your cake looks yummy! I’ve just printed out the recipe, thank you so much for sharing it.
    I adore lily-of-the-valley and have lots growing in the garden, although they have just about finished flowering now. I don’t really like picking them, but I do bring a few springs into the house just to enjoy the lovely aroma.

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    1. Thanks Barbara. It's a pleasure to have you here. So glad you enjoyed this recipe.
      So your garden smells wonderfully good - I love the odor of lily-of-the-valley :)

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  19. Thanks for the great post) Have a nice week!

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  20. Look so delicious!
    I love the orange taste and the color of orange :)
    Whenever I saw your blog, I would love to do all the things!!

    akiko

    akiko

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    1. Thanks a million, Akiko! You are far too kind :)

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  21. Encore un merveilleux gâteaux qui s'avère bien délicieux en photos ! Merci pour cette recette :)

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  22. Adoro bolo de laranja!...
    E este ficou com um aspecto belíssimo... e tão tentador!... Acho que se me sentasse perto dele... só sobrava o prato... :-D
    Beijinhos
    Ana

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    1. Muito obrigada Ana pelas suas palavras carinhosas. Beijinhos :)

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