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Orange-Almond Cake

Do you know that Mother's Day is celebrated on different days throughout the world? For example, Greece celebrates it on the 2nd February while Thailand celebrates it on the 12th August and Indonesia on 22nd December. I have always thought everyone everywhere celebrates Mother's Day on the 2nd Sunday of May (11 May 2008) like in Singapore. To my surprise, in France, Mother's Day is celebrated on the last Sunday of May. At first it was kinda strange for me to celebrate it 2 weeks later than Singapore but over the years I have gotten used to it.:-)

Yesterday we celebrated Mother's Day in France. The weather was a bit cloudy but that didn't stop us from doing a BBQ on our terrace.:-) The honey marinated chicken thighs (that I have specially prepared for Little One) turned out beautifully and delicious but to my utmost disappointment, Little One wanted nothing to do with it. *sigh* Oh well, her loss, our gain.:-p Next time, I'm going to BBQ chicken wings ...yummy.

For Mother's Day, Little One got me a nice Lafuma recliner (via her papa) that I wanted so much for the coming summer days.:-) Pierre wanted to buy a cake for me but I said 'why waste money when I can bake one for us.';-) I decided to take this opportunity to do another experiment. This is what I made yesterday and is part of my contribution to this month's Sugar High Friday host by Helen of Tartelette :

Orange-Almond Cake
Ingredients
  • 180 g self rising flour
  • 100 g ground almonds
  • 180 g butter
  • 200 g sugar
  • 1 whole orange (peel grated)
  • 80 ml orange juice
  • 3 eggs (white and yolk separated)

Creamy Chocolate Icing

  • 200 g butter (cut into cubes & softened)
  • 150 g dark chocolate (melted)
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven at 180°C (350°F - gas mark 4) and grease a round cake mold about 20 cm (diameter).
  2. Separate the egg yolk and white.
  3. Whip the butter and sugar in a big bowl until it is creamy and fluffy.
  4. Add in the grated orange peel and egg yolk and beat till well mixed.
  5. Add in the ground almonds and stir until combined.
  6. Stir in the flour and orange juice on alternate turns until it is combined.
  7. Whipped the egg whites till stiff peaks formed and delicately incorporate it into the mixture.
  8. Bake it for about 50 minutes or until the wooden stick comes out clean.
  9. Let it cool for about 10 minutes in the mold before turning it out on the wire rack.
  10. Once the cake is of room temperature, delicately cut away the slightly crusty border and round edge.
  11. Spread the chocolate icing all around the cake with the icing knife.
  12. Cake is ready to be served.
  13. The cake needs to be kept refrigerated because of the icing.

Creamy Chocolate Icing

  1. Whipped the butter in a bowl with an electric beater.
  2. Slowly add in the melted dark chocolate bit by bit until all is well mixed.
  3. Refrigerate it for about 5 to 10 minutes before spreading it on the cake.
The Verdict

The cake itself is very aromatic - the delicious taste of orange and almond together. It is compact and just moist - not as dry as I thought it would turned out, and a bit crunchy when you hit on almonds. As for the icing, hmm ... not exactly to my taste - I find it a wee bit too creamy and buttery, however Pierre likes the contrast - slightly salty creamy icing with the sweetness of the cake. (salty because we always buy salted butter)

Ooops, I just realized that I didn't add the right quantity of dark chocolate in my icing. Perhaps that is why my icing tastes so creamy, buttery and salty.:-p

Note

I wanted to whip up 3 egg whites but I was clumsy in separating the first one so I ended up with 2 white eggs instead for my above cake.

If you want a more moist cake, perhaps you can add a bit more juice and adjust the baking time.

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Orange-Coconut Cake

Little One has made an amazing progress in her vocabulary during these past few weeks. She still can't make out a phrase but she just learnt how to say her name the other day at the park (well, not exactly accurate but her name is kinda difficult for her to pronounce at her age). She can understand both languages - in French and English. I'm still working on Chinese as I seldom speak to her in Mandarin, however I take the occasion to compensate that by reading Chinese story books to her. Hope that works too.;-)

She has also learned to shout A table (literal translation 'at the table' meaning 'dinner is served') whenever a meal is ready. And when papa is still not there yet, she would shout 'papa, à table!' 'papa, à table' till papa sit at his place. hehehe She surprised us a month or two ago when she can associate which object around the house belongs to who - e.g. muffins- papa's, tool box - pépé (grandfather), which laptops belongs to who etc. She also has been playing tea party with her toys and feeding her teddies. Sometimes she would make a cup of tea (imaginary of course;-) ) and serve it to each of us. Too cute for words. She also loves reading her books (well, mainly look at the pictures) and for bedtime, she will chose which books she wants us to read to her.

Oh ... she has a new favourite word besides gateau (cakes): 'cartoon'. Now that the weather is warm enough to set up her baby pool in the backyard, she keeps asking for piscine (swimming pool) even at night.:-D Unfortunately she caught a chill. Thought it was just a normal runny nose and a slight fever which lasted for 4 days. Poor kiddo, her runny nose has caused her a right ear infection.:-( With the medication, she is getting better however it is a real hide and seek when it's time for medicine - she would quickly either hide under the table or chair or behind the curtains and sometimes in the closet. Well, it is not always like this, sometimes she takes her medication bravely without resisting for she knows it to get rid of the 'little mouse' in her right ear.

Now back to food. It has been a while since I last baked something so I decided to try out this recipe that I have found in my cooking book but I did some modifications and tried two different methods of making it.

Orange-Coconut Cake
Ingredients
  • 2 eggs
  • 125 g butter (softened)
  • 50 g dried schredded coconut
  • 250 g sugar
  • 180 g self raising flour
  • 1 tbsp orange peel (grated)
  • 250 ml milk

Coconut Icing

  • 60 ml or more orange juice
  • ½ tsp orange peel (grated)
  • 90 g dried schredded coconut
  • 140 g icing sugar
Orange Coconut Cake Ingredients
Directions

Preheat your oven at 180°C (350°F, gas mark 4) and prepare a greased round 20 cm diameter (approx) cake tin.

Method 1

  1. Separate the egg white and egg yolk.
  2. Beat the egg yolk, softened butter and sugar together in a big bowl till it is creamy and fluffy.
  3. Stir in the grated orange peel and the shredded coconut and then add in the flour.
  4. Pour in the milk and stir till combined.
  5. Beat the egg white until stiff peaks formed. Fold it into the mixture till combined.
  6. Bake it for about 60 minutes until the wooden stick comes out clean.
  7. Leave it to cool for 10 minutes before turning it out on the wire rack.
  8. Once the cake is of room temperature, spread the coconut icing on the cake.
Orange Coconut Cake

Method 2

  1. Beat the eggs, butter and sugar in a big bowl till creamy and fluffy.
  2. Add in the orange peel and grated coconut.
  3. Stir in the flour and milk alternatively until combined.
  4. Bake for about 45 minutes until the wooden stick comes out clean.
  5. Follow step 7 & 8 in Method 1.
Orange Coconut Cake

Coconut Icing

  1. Mix the icing sugar and the grated coconut together in a bowl.
  2. Add the grated orange peel and stir in the juice. (Add more juice if needed.)
  3. Mix it to get a consistency but smooth enough to be able to spread it.
The Verdict

Method 1:

I find it to be light, moist and fluffy. The aroma of the orange, butter and coconut icing is a delicious combination. I was initially worried that the whole cake might turn out to be too sweet because of the icing but it tastes just nice - not overly sweet. I simply love it so did the rest of the family members.

Method 2:

The cake turned out to be light but dense and we can taste the bits of shredded coconut in the cake. It is equally delicious. Everyone likes both versions, however for me, I prefer the light and fluffy version above.

Notes

For method 1 : I would reduced the milk quantity a little bit.

To make your own self rising flour - for every 125 g of plain flour, add 2 tsp baking powder. Then sift the flour several times.

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