ORANGES & LEMONS...

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

... Said the bells of St. Clement's.

Here is the promised recipe, finally perfected. Just to warn you, this will make an enormous cake (as requested by Miss B), so consider halving or even thirding the ingredients if you plan on fitting into a bikini this summer, which I, evidently, don't. It seems far too early to be concerning myself with trivialities such as diets when the sun hasn't even really started shining... In the spirit of full disclosure though, this light, citrusy creation is basically four layers of cellulite, sandwiched with clogged arteries. But it's pretty mega-tasty.


INGREDIENTS:

CAKE:
Grated rind of 6 oranges
12 oz unsalted butter (at room temperature)
12 oz caster sugar
12 oz self-raising flour
6 large eggs
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
3 tsp vanilla extract

ICING:
900g Philadelphia
375g icing sugar
6 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 jar good-quality lemon curd

METHOD:
Preheat over to 180 degrees celsius. Cream sugar and butter until smooth. Mix in baking powder and vanilla extract. Beat eggs and add to mixture. Add flour and orange rind. Pour mixture into four round, pre-lined and greased tins (I only had two, so I did this bit twice). Bake on lower shelf of oven for 20 minutes, or until cakes are spongey and spring back to the touch. Allow to cool on wire rack.

To make the icing, simply mix the Philadelphia, icing sugar and lemon juice. Easy squeezy. When the cake is cooled, sandwich each layer with lemon curd and a thin layer of icing, and then cover the entire creation with the remaining icing.

For decoration, I'd keep it pretty basic. Grated lemon or orange zest is a nice touch, as is Dr. Oetker's citrus sprinkles, but anything too crunchy, or flavoursome might be a tad too much, as the citrus and cheese are a lot of flavour. 

This would be pretty perfect for garden parties, tea parties, birthday parties, picnics, or if you just fancy a rather large mid-afternoon snack. Basically, it's good. Make it.

Do any of you have any MAD cake recipes? I'm considering making this bad boy but Kaffir lime leaves are pretty difficult to come by in Manchester...

Mona.

P.S. I totally forgot to say - perfect for Mother's Day! (This Sunday, have you sent a card yet?)

14 comments:

  1. Sounds yum! I never thought of using Philadelphia for icing... does it work well? I want to make some lemon cupcakes and am considering different ways of icing them because I usually fail epically at icing!

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    1. It makes AMAZING icing! Seriously good and much easier to stir in than butter! Good luck!

      Mona x

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  2. That sounds amazing!! Thanks for the recipe. :)

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    1. You're welcome! Sharing is caring (or so I was told at primary school...)

      Mona x

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  3. You are officially my favourite blogger after this..

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  4. It sounds amazing and I'll definitely be making this though it looks like it would have to be for a big occasion with lots of people! xx

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    1. You can easily half the recipe... I'm trying it in cupcake form next! X

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  5. I so badly want to eat this right now...but I can't cook :( xxx

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    1. I also cannot cook... But baking's much easier x

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  6. I can only do one cake: french chocolate cake (without flour!)
    If I ever happen to be back in my mum's kitchen one day, I'll do it again and post the recipe online :)
    Love this one! We should have a cake fest in Vienna one day ;)

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    1. Sounds fantastic... Everything I make has lots of flour (and butter... and sugar... Basically, I'm just a health fanatic).

      I'm making a chocolate guinness cake in honour of St Paddy's day later... Om nom nom x

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  7. Oh my god, that seriously looks like perfection!

    Lea x

    http://shebeginstosee.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you! It's pretty ok, if I do say so myself... X

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Mona x

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