ORANGE CAKE (EGGLESS)
My first blog post, starting with butterflies in my tummy!! I often wondered, when I used to visit this big goody world of food blogging, how do people manage to create such exquisite recipes with some amazing stories to go with them, and then again why add one more to this vast expanding ocean of bloggers. May be, the answer to both the questions is every dish has a story to tell….
Staying in a place highly deprived of any shops stocking baking essentials,I should say that I stumbled into this world of baking with very, very basic ingredients . I often searched or researched for small baking essentials (read luxuries), but in vain. So I should say its next to impossible to get a muffin mould, ramekins, pure essences, good quality food colors etc etc etc…But then, I should be stretching my legs only as far as my blanket allows and as of now will be content with fantasizing about owning an elaborate cake decorating tool set and a standing mixer which are at the top of my wish list (hubby dear are u listening:-)).
The orange cake that I’am going to describe , is one of the first cakes I baked which was lauded and applauded by everyone, including most importantantly our cook, from where the compliments are hard (read impossible) to come by;-). It’s a highly flavourful , soft, delightful cake, a big hit among both elders and kids. The addition of tooty fruity is optional; I add it to see the delight over my son’s face, when eating the cake. He carefully collects them separately in his plate, to be relished and cherished at the end. Now who hasn’t done that in their childhood ? Go ahead if your kids love them, or u can replace it with nuts or raisins.
When I had planned to photograph this cake for my blog,I had to make this cake twice. The first time, due to low voltage, its crust did not brown enough ( in the picture below). Although it tasted good. This is a common problem faced in this part of the country during summers, apart from unscheduled power cuts, especially in evenings and nights. I made the cake once again in the morning , and my cake came out of the oven rising and shining, bestowing on me all its good wishes for my first post and making this baker proud of her amateur baking skills.
The cake is as flavourful as it is colorful. The orange color can be intensified with few drops of artificial color, but I didn’t find the need for it for the reasons stated above. Top the cake with chocolate ganache or cream frosting , if you are baking for some special occasion or a special someone.
Reciepe (adapted and slightly modified from vegreciepesofindia.com
The aroma of this cake will make you bake it over and over again.