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Orange Dream Birthday Cake

by Tickled Red on August 20, 2013 · 9 comments

Today is sort of a big day. It’s my birthday, in fact it’s my 40th Birthday! WAHOO! Insert marching bands and confetti streaming through the air because forty rocks.

Best of all (as some of you may remember) I share my birthday with two other fabuloso ladies.

Sweet, generous, loving Wendy aka Wenderly whose talents are many and unique but none more so than the way that she cares for her family, her girls and her Yanni. Also the brilliantly gifted Aimee  of Simple Bites who inspires me every day to reach deeper, do more to make my home all that it can be and gather those I love close the way that she does.

I couldn’t possibly celebrate today without including my girls. It has become a habit now as my birthday approaches that they are on my mind and in my heart. So I made an Orange Dream Birthday Cake this year for us.

Just a little something light and fluffy filled with summer sunshine, a cake hopefully as cheerful as Wendy and Aimee.

We may be scattered from here to Canada but dreams of an eventual birthday celebration together will prevail. For us it would more than likely be outside with a majestic view of nature’s glory, coffee in hand and a slice of something sweet. We are nature girls through and through.

Unfortunately I’m not a cake decorator, not by any stretch of the means…I wish. Frosting a cake into decadent swirls of perfection is beyond my grasp, I’m lucky if they don’t end up lopsided. However I can bake a tasty cake with luscious frosting.

So my dear beautiful friends…Happy Birthday! Here’s to many, many more and a glorious new year.

All my love,

Shari

Pop on over and wish Wendy & Aimee Happy Birthday!

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Orange Sponge Cake

Ingredients

2 cups all purpose flour

3 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

grated zest of 1 orange

fresh juice of 1 orange

2 eggs

1/3 cup milk

Syrup
fresh juice of 2 oranges

1/2 cup sugar

Directions

Preheat oven to 355 degrees F.

In a large mixing bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg. Add the sugar, grated orange rind, fresh orange juice, eggs and milk. Stir, thoroughly combining everything together.

Spray the bottom and inner sides of a 9 inch spring form pan with cooking oil spray, or a 9inch round baking pan. Pour the cake batter into the pan.

Bake for 40-45 minutes. Test with a toothpick to see when the cake is done, you toothpick should come out clean not sticky. Let the cake cool in the pan for 15-30 minutes.

On the stove in a saucepan, add the fresh orange juice and sugar. Stir continuously over medium heat until the sugar dissolves and thickens slightly. Remove from the heat.

Once the cake has cooled, remove from the pan and place on a serving plate or platter. Poke a few holes in the top of the cake with a fork or kabob skewer. Carefully pour the orange syrup over the holes and let seep into the cake.

White Cake

Ingredients

2 ½ cups cake flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt

½ cup unsalted butter

1 ¼ cups sugar

2 tablespoons milk

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 cup milk

4 egg whites

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large mixing bowl sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Using an electric mixer cream together the butter and sugar, adding 2 tablespoons of milk and the vanilla. Keeping the mixer set on low speed, carefully add the flour to the creamed mixture, alternating with the milk, beginning and ending with the flour.

Beat 4 egg whites until stiff. Gently fold the egg whites into the batter.

Spray the bottom and inner sides of a 9 inch spring form pan with cooking oil spray, or a 9inch round baking pan. Pour the cake batter into the pan. Bake for 20-30 minutes. Test with a toothpick to see when the cake is done, you toothpick should come out clean not sticky. Let the cake cool in the pan for 15-30 minutes.

Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients

4-8ounce packages of cream cheese (room temp.)

6 tablespoons unsalted butter (room temp.)

1 1/4 cups confectioners sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

2 tablespoons frozen orange juice (thawed)

1 1/2 teaspoons grated orange zest

5 drops of red food coloring

4 drops of yellow food coloring

Directions

Using an electric mixer set on medium high speed, combine the cream cheese and butter, beating until smooth. Reduce the speed to low, add the sugar and beat again until smooth. Beat in the orange juice concentrate, orange zest and vanilla until well blended. Add the drops of food coloring, beating until mixed throughout the frosting. Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 week. Bring to room temp. before using.

*You will also need a batch of plain cream cheese frosting. Repeat the recipe above omitting the orange juice concentrate and orange zest*

Assembly Steps

  • Once the two cakes have cooled, carefully slice them in half.
  • Spread a thin layer of plain cream cheese frosting on the bottom of your serving dish, slightly less in diameter than your cake.
  • Carefully place one half of white cake onto the frosted serving dish. Frost the top of the white cake with a layer of plain cream cheese frosting. Carefully place one half of the orange sponge cake on top of the first frosted white cake layer. Frost the top of the orange sponge cake with plain cream cheese frosting. Repeat with the last halves of cake and plain cream cheese frosting maintaining the pattern, ending with the orange sponge cake on top.
  • Frost the sides and top of the cake with the orange cream cheese frosting.

Serve and Enjoy!

Love, Shari

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{ 9 comments }

Barbara | Creative Culinary August 20, 2013 at 4:30 pm

Dreamy is right y’all! Happy Birthday Shari…and many more! XOXO

Denise @ Creative Kitchen August 20, 2013 at 6:32 pm

Happy Birthday!! Welcome to the club. I’ll turn 43 on 9/11….seems like just yesterday I had turned the big 4-0. My 40’s have been better than my 30’s so you have the right attitude. Beautiful cake!!

Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) August 20, 2013 at 7:40 pm

Happy Birthday! This looks so heavenly! I can’t frost a cake very well either, but I think you did a fantastic job!

Angie | Big Bear's Wife August 20, 2013 at 8:19 pm

Happy Birthday!!! I personally think that your cake is perfect!

Paulette Piercy August 20, 2013 at 9:21 pm

Beautiful cake and pictures! Hope you day was a good one. Love Mom

Heather August 20, 2013 at 10:31 pm

OH MY WORD – feed me! And HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! You deserve the best sweet girl ;)

Sue {munchkin munchies} August 20, 2013 at 10:58 pm

Are you kidding? Your cake looks beautiful! It’s creamy, dreamy! Have a wonderful BIG birthday, but to ME (a grandma), you’re just a “babe in the woods”! :)
I haven’t visited in awhile, so am glad that I did… on your birthday:) HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Ali August 24, 2013 at 7:27 pm

That is incredibly gorgeous. The coloring is perfect :)

Marlo February 7, 2014 at 2:56 pm

Did anyone actually try making this cake? On the orange cake, it came out like bread dough – no liquids – so I doubled the milk, and the eggs, and baked. On the white cake, it was still runny batter at 20 minutes, so I doubled the baking time.
They look like normal cakes, hope they taste ok now!

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