Thursday, September 4, 2014
cake baked in oranges.
Cinnamon cake with chocolate fudge cake chunks baked in oranges? Too long. Cake in orange surprise? Sounds like an outdated can of soda. Orange-baked cake? Wait does that even make sense?? So here you have it - cake baked in oranges; a name extremely unvarnished and so blatantly plain it appears almost vulgar but I think it gets the point across without being too unpalatable. Thank you for clicking on this link despite the unattractive title, I promise that this recipe will be worth your time.
I feel that I must warn you that if you decide to try out this idea, and I hope that you will, before you embark on the arduous process to cave out the insides of the oranges please please either wear an apron and elbow-high rubber gloves and goggles that can shield at least half your face, or hollow them out in the sink with your hands way outstretched. Like a one meter kinda distance. (Okay I exaggerate.)
Seriously though, there's a high possibility that juice will spurt all over like a malfunctioning sprinkler once you jab a spoon into into the flesh of the orange so here's a tip! Try to cut into the orange along the lines of the segments and really try to keep the spoon as close to the wall of the fruit as possible. It's kinda hard to explain but I guess you'll get what I mean when you try it yourself! I know it's hard to resist the urge to plunge the spoon right into the centre of the orange just because you can and you will feel like it but don't. Please. (I should know.)
And since we're on the topic of spurting orange juice, I must also caution you to try not to accidentally cut a hole in the skin of the oranges because then the batter will flow out of them like mini Niagara Falls, as evident from my picture. But even still there was more than sufficient batter to make sure that the cake baked all the way to the rim of the oranges, thank goodness.
So after all the hair-tearing drama I'm happy to report that this recipe is a winner! These elicited many wows simply from the presentation but they taste really good too. There's a moderately strong orange fragrance that pairs really well with the cinnamon, and the cake is super moist. Pity that the chocolate chunks rose all the way to the top and are not evenly distributed throughout though.
I've used a pound cake recipe here but you don't have to use this cake recipe, you can just use your favorite! But just make sure that it is a sturdy one so that the oranges will be easier to slice.
Cake Baked In Oranges (I feel so silly typing this)
makes 3 oranges worth
100g icing sugar, sifted
pinch of salt
100g cake flour
pinch of baking powder
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
about 12 small chunks of chocolate fudge cake
3 oranges, hollowed and washed
Preheat oven to 350F. Get out a baking tray and mini tart molds for the oranges to be placed on to prevent them from falling over while baking.
Cream butter until smooth. Add the icing sugar and salt and beat until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating to incorporate the first before adding the next. Sift in the cake flour and baking powder and stir until all traces of flour have disappeared. Stir in the ground cinnamon.
Divide half of the batter equally amongst the three oranges, drop in two cubes of chocolate cake in each, divide the remaining batter equally amongst the oranges again and finish with the rest of the chocolate cake chunks.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until an inserted skewer comes out with only a few moist crumbs attached. Cool to room temperature then refrigerate until completely cold before slicing.