Monday, March 28, 2011
Orange Glow Chiffon Layer Cake
If there was but one reason to buy Rose's Heavenly Cakes, this would be it. This cake is perfect. Lightly flavored with sweet oranges, the chiffon crumb is exquisite. It takes me back to being five years old and cajoling my mom into splurging on a Twinkie. The texture and main flavor minus the orange tone reminds me of my absolute favorite childhood treat.
Sunday is not the best day to go shopping around for a flower nail. I first went to William Sonoma but they didn't carry flower nails. So we stayed for the technique class on cooking cannellini beans in a pressure cooker with Israeli couscous. Delicious as well as informative. I always learn something in their classes, especially the unbelievable depth of flavor simple pepper has when a mix of peppercorns are pan roasted then ground. The lady sitting next to me said to try Michaels which nearly gave me a panic attack. I try to avoid Michaels at any cost because it completely overloads my nervous system. I love all the stuff but haven't a clue what to do with any of it. Plus, and this is a BIG plus, it is NOT the place to take a grandchild, which I did. Michaels has turned itself into a bigger version of the Chuckie Cheese toy counter. Still, they indeed had one; along with the cutest selection of cupcake papers I have ever seen.
A quick stop into Whole Foods unearthed Sicilian orange Marmalade, which may now be my new favorite Marmalade. Very mild and sweet. The cake mixed up quite easily and I popped it straight into the oven forgetting the flower nail. Five minutes into baking and more than five swear words later, I shoved it into the batter hoping the whole thing wouldn't deflate. It didn't seem to suffer too badly and came out of the oven nicely puffed.
I opted to leave out the grated rind in the whipped cream because I knew the grandkids would protest mightily. They preferred the whipped cream sweetened without the Marmalade or powdered sugar sprinkled over the cake. On the adult's I used a bit of the candied Marmalade rind leftover from the whipped cream. Either way, this cake is amazing. I see it as the perfect summer cake, perhaps split and layered with fresh berries. It's truly another lovely cake. Well done, Rose. And for the biggest fan of all....
The littlest granddaughter, who will turn one year old in a few weeks, positively loved this cake!