Yesterday was my mother in law’s birthday. My daughter is always excited about birthdays. So she wanted me to bake a cake for ‘dadi’. I already had a chocolate cake lying in my fridge that I had baked a day before. So thought of doing the frosting of the same. But my dad and mom are not fond of chocolate cake. Infact they don’t eat chocolate cake. Since it was mom’s special day, then obviously I should make something that she likes. Other options were carrot cake or fruit cake. But again there was no carrot or tutti frutti in the the house. I had brought oranges while coming back from college as my son is fond of fresh orange juice. My daughter suggested me to make orange cake that I had made last month. I liked her viewpoint and set to make orange cake.
Her final exams are over and she was feeling bored after watching her favorite cartoon movie repeatedly. So she wanted to assist me in making cake. I asked her to extract orange juice and grease the pan that she did happily. She also clicked the pics. After baking the cake, another challenge was to do the frosting as neither I had cream nor the icing sugar.I decided to make buttercream frosting with fresh orange juice. I grounded and sifted normal sugar and used it in place of icing sugar. I couldn’t click the pics while preparing frosting for the cake.
Step-wise Pictorial Description of Orange Cake
Sieve all purpose flour, baking soda and baking powder in a bowl.
In another bowl take ¾ cup sugar.
Add orange juice to it and beat well till the sugar dissolves.
Add oil and whisk again to blend the oil.
Add the flour to the juice mixture in 3 installments and mix it with the spatula. Just fold in the mixture. Don’t overbeat.
Pour the batter in a greased mold. It should have a pouring consistency and fall like a ribbon. Tap the baking pan to remove any trapped air.
Bake in a preheated oven at 180 C for 30- 35 minutes. Check the doneness by inserting a toothpick into the cake. If it comes out clean, it means it’s done. If batter sticks to the toothpick, bake for another 2-3 minutes.
Let it sit in the pan for 3-4 minutes. Then invert it and cool it completely on a cooling rack.
Take 2 tablespoons of softened butter in a bowl. Beat it well with the electric beater till light and aerated.
Slowly add powdered sugar/icing sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time and continue beating it. Scrap down the sides of the bowl in between additions.
Add orange juice and mix it on a low speed. Once Incorporated, whip on high speed till the mixture becomes light and fluffy.
Assembling the cake
Cut the cake into two halves using serrated knife. Apply the frosting on one half. Place other half over it and apply rest of the frosting all over it. Decorate as you desire.
I used candied orange zest and chocolate scraping to decorate.