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.
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
375g icing sugar
6 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 jar good-quality lemon curd
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...
P.S. I totally forgot to say - perfect for Mother's Day! (This Sunday, have you sent a card yet?)