Orange and Strawberry Summer Cake

This orange and strawberry cake is perfect to welcome summers and bid adieu to the glorious strawberry season! Tangy and sweet, this is a perfect tea time cake!

Orange and Strawberry Summer CakeOrange and Strawberry Summer Cake

Winters have ended which means no more strawberries in India (well Delhi at least) and you have no idea how sad that makes me. My favorite ingredient is no longer in season and I have to wait a WHOLE YEAR to start baking with it. It’s heart breaking to be honest! So I thought why bake something that will do justice to my favourite berry and mark the beginning of the season I dread the most with something ever so marvelous as this Orange and Strawberry Summer Cake.

Orange and Strawberry Summer Cake

Luckily I come from a city that has a lot fabulous bakeries. If I had to pick my favorite bakeries in Delhi or cake shops in Delhi..I couldn’t! It’s so hard to pick just a few when every place has its own identity and own specialty. Elma’s is famous for its red velvet cake and high tea (highly recommended), L’opera for its almond croissant, Defence Bakery for its breads, Theos, Angels in My Kitchen and  Whipped for their cakes, Sugarama for its decadent macarons and last but not least Wengers for almost everything!  Oh and let’s not forget the new kid on the block..The Big Chill Cakery by same old The Big Chill Café that we have all come to love so much! That place is the new go to place for all cake lovers in Delhi because of its delectable spread of desserts. Now who can pick just one? All I can say if you’re looking for me this summer..you’ll find me in one of the bakeries in Delhi enjoying a piece of cake, hopefully with strawberries!

Orange and Strawberry Summer Cake Orange and Strawberry Summer Cake

Back to my Orange and Strawberry Summer Cake..this cake is eggless but still as soft and moist as a cake with egg. It’s everything you need this summer to refresh you and give you that burst of fruits! The cake base is a sweet and tangy orange cake which is softer than marshmallows (well almost :p) with fresh strawberries in the centre and on top! Now this recipe makes one 6” cake but the same batter can make a 7” cake too. This cake takes about 45 minutes to bake because it’s really high but if you have a bigger tin the baking time will reduce because naturally the batter will spread making a thinner cake. If you didn’t know already, baking time depends on the height of the cake and not the diameter, a cake with a 6” diameter but 2.5” height will take longer to baker than a 8”x2” cake. So make sure you adjust the time according to your tin.

This cake is a bakers dream really! Get your tools ready and get baking because strawberries ain’t gonna wait for no one..haha ! 😀

RECIPE: Orange and Strawberry Summer Cake

Make: One 6” cake   Prep Time: 20 minutes   Baking Time: 45 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • All purpose flour (maida), 1 ¼ cup or 160 grams approx.
  • Baking powder, 1 teaspoon
  • Softened butter, ½ cup or 100 grams
  • Caster sugar, ½ cup or 100 grams approx.
  • Buttermilk, ½ cup or 120 ml (learn how to make instant buttermilk below)
  • Orange zest, of 1 orange
  • Fresh orange juice, 4 tablespoons
  • Vanilla essence, 1 teaspoon
  • Strawberries, 5-6 (sliced in half)
  • Strawberries, 7-8 (chopped in cubes)
To make buttermilk take a cup of milk (or 240ml) and heat it, once it reaches a boil add a tablespoon of lemon juice to it. Boil the milk until it curdles, then sieve out the curdled part and use the remaining liquid as buttermilk. Let it cool down completely before you use it.

METHOD

Grease a 6” round baking tin and line it with butter or parchment paper.

Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius for 10 minutes.

Whisk butter until light and fluffy for a couple of minutes then add in the caster sugar and vanilla essence and whisk again until everything is creamed together.

Add in the orange zest and orange juice, mix it in.

Sieve in the flour and baking powder directly in the bowl with wet ingredients. Add in the buttermilk little by little; do not whisk it, only mix using a spatula very lightly until you no longer see dry flour. The batter will be slightly thin but that’s okay! Add chopped strawberries to the batter and mix.  Pour the batter in the prepared tin and top the batter with sliced strawberries. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the cake is done at 180 degrees Celsius. If you’re using a bigger tin reduce the baking time (read the post above for details).

Let the cake to cool completely before you take it out of the tin. Serve with tea, store in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

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Chocolate and Orange Marble Cake

Merry Christmas to all of you!!

All I’m thinking these days is about making things that are festive looking and of course not too time consuming ! Baking is perfect, because once the prep is done, its the oven’s job to do the rest and I can just chill! So, today I baked this gorgeous looking chocolate and orange marble cake with a whipped chocolate ganache frosting.This cake was really moist, like all my other cakes 😉 and great tasting!  Oranges and chocolate actually compliment each other really well, the tangy flavor of oranges is complemented by the bitter sweet flavor of dark chocolate. To not ‘overload’ the cake with dark chocolate, I made a really light and fluffy Ganache to frost it with. Delish!

I used a Kinnow, which is primarily grown in India and is really abundant this season. They taste like oranges, only a tad bit tangy. You can of course use a simple orange too!

chocolate orange cake

Ingredients:

For the cake batter

250 gms Flour

1 tsp Baking Powder

150 gms Soft Brown Sugar  (Alternative: Granulated White Sugar)

125 gms Butter

2 Eggs (Alternative: 1/2 cup Pureed Banana, also add, 1/2 tsp Baking soda to the mix)

Zest of 1/2 Kinnow or Orange

2 tbsp Juice of Kinnow or Orange

125 ml milk

50 gm Melted Good Quality Dark Chocolate

3 tbsp Cocoa Powder

1 tsp Orange Food Coloring (optional)

For the Chocolate Ganache:

50 gms Good Quality Dark Chocolate*

50 gms Heavy Cream**

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* P.s. You can skip using good quality chocolate in the cake but DO NOT use cheap quality chocolate in the Ganache. It won’t taste as good.

**Heavy Cream normally had about 40% fat content. You can’t find heavy creams in India easily, so you can use Amul Cream that’s Available readily. Only add 1 tbsp of butter to up the fat content so that you can whip it easily. I wouldn’t recommend using whipping cream because they tend to be lighter in texture and we’re looking for a denser icing.

ganache frosting

Process:

Chocolate orange cake

1. Whisk sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add in the eggs and whisk.

2. Sieve flour and baking powder and add it little by little to the egg mix, alternate by milk. So, add a little flour time then add milk. Continue until everything is combined. DO NOT WHISK THIS, only mix.

3.  Divide this equally into two separate bowls.

4. & 5. In the first one add the orange zest, orange juice and food coloring.

6. In the second one, add in the melted chocolate and cocoa powder. If the batter looks too thick and dry, add a little milk. (about 25 mls)

7. Start from one corner of the tin. Add a spoonful of orange cake mix, then chocolate next to it, then orange again. Tap the tin for the base to settle.

8. Now the next layer, all you have to do is alternate the color. So put chocolate mix on top of orange mix and orange on top of chocolate. Repeat until the batter is finished. You should have three layers.

9. Take a skewer and simply run it through the cake, starting from one end till the other. You could run the skewer in circular motions, that gives a beautiful design (much better than straight lines). Make sure to not over do anything, otherwise you’ll ruin it.

Bake your cake at 160 Degrees for 35 minutes.

Frost the cake with Whipped Chocolate Ganache Frosting, recipe available here and decorate with Orange rind (peeled with a vegetable peeler, then sliced).

Cut through the centre and marvel at your gorgeous cake!

marble cake orange chocolate

Hope you like baking this cake as much as I did!

chocolate orange marble cake

chocolate orange marble cake

Happy Baking!

Love,

Radhika xx

Super Moist Orange Cake

Hello my lovely readers,

I saw Rachel Allen baking an Orange cake on her TV show and I couldn’t stop wondering how it would turn out if I made it the same way I made my lemon cake. So I stopped wondering and started doing! I used my tried and tested recipe and substituted lemons with oranges, I did put more orange juice because I thought it enhanced the flavor (Rachel Allen didn’t use orange juice :p) My recipe proved itself again and cake turned out exactly how I had envisioned it, SUPER DUPER MOIST! I loved how this orange cake was zesty but not tangy, perfectly sweet and the scent of the orange zest was to die for! If you’re looking for something to remind you summers in this chilling winter then try this and you won’t be disappointed. This cake is like a ray of sunshine on sad gloomy day!

orange cake

Ingredients:

250 gms Flour

125 gms Light Brown Sugar

125 gms Softened Butter

1 tsp Baking Powder

1 tsp Vanilla Essence

2 Large Eggs

Zest of 1 Orange

2 tbsp Orange Juice

100 ml Milk

VEGETARIANS: Use about 1/2 cup pureed banana instead of the eggs.

You will also need a 22 cm loaf tin, butter for greasing your tin and butter paper to line your tin.

orange cake sugar n spice by radhika

Process:

We’re baking THE most awesome orange cake and for that you need to follow these steps.

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Preheat oven at 180 degrees Celsius.

Step 1: In a large bowl, add the sugar to the butter.

Step 2: Whisk until both are combined and the mixture looks light and fluffy (kind of like in picture 2 above).

Step 3: In a separate bowl, sieve the flour and baking powder. In a jar, pour the milk and whisk the eggs in it. Now add both these mixtures to the butter mixture you made in step 2, little by little, until it form a batter.

Step 4: Add in the orange zest.

Step 5: Add in the vanilla essence.

Step 6: Add in orange juice.

Step 7: Transfer to a greased tin and bake for 27 minutes at 160 degrees or until the cake is golden on top and the skewer comes out clean.

P.s I say that because every oven is different, my oven sometimes takes longer than what the recipe demands, for example my Christmas special chocolate chip cookies. I say keep peaking into your oven, DO NOT OPEN THE OVEN DOOR, just peak. When you think the cake is done, take it out for a skewer test.

This cake is done when its a little golden on the top. Don’t wait for it to brown.

This recipe will yield a 20-22 cm loaf, serves 6-8 people. In my house, 10-15! :D We like to share!

orange cake and tea

sugar n spice by radhika

Wrap in a butter paper and foil to keep the moisture intact!

Happy Baking!!!

Much Love,

Radhika xx