As much as I know I am my father's son, when it comes to baking, I am my mother's son.
My mom is a good enough cook, but I'm telling no lies out of school when I say she can't bake to save her life. She knows this too, so if she ever stumbled upon this blog I don't think she'd be offended by that comment.
But almost every year, I attempt - and that is an understatement - to bake 710 a cake for his birthday.
Unlike cooking, baking is more of an exact science. To follow a recipe and not be distracted is kind of key. When it comes to baking, I don't have that commitment to detail.
Yet here it is, another year and another opportunity / challenge. I went with an orange cake, infused with an orange / lemon syrup. And for good measure, I also made an orange glaze.
First the ingredients / instructions. This is important, as the recipe I went off of had the instructions in pictures, then the ingredients and then the step-by-step instructions in print. It was bad in ways to follow if you're a novice baker - - like me. It was a "recipe" for disaster.
It's a messy endeavor. There's a lot of mess. I find that of most baking. Too many steps and too little pay off.
I did take pictures, of course. The title image has all the ingredients, well except I forgot to pull out the confectioner's sugar for the pic. Oops. It doesn't look like a lot is involved, but it is.
Egg Whites to mix for stiff peaks. But look at my cool Oxo egg separator. Honestly, it looks cool. Separating by hand is still easier.
Sifted flower, baking power and soda. check! And one zested orange.
I didn't take pics of me mixing the butter, sugar, eggs, egg whites, sour cream and flour. But here's a key tip, don't take a call in the middle of it all and forget to switch from the whisk attachment to the paddle attachment. Maybe it's not important, but perhaps, maybe it is.
While the cake baked, I made the syrup to infuse into the bundt. This was the easiest part of the process, though it took more than two oranges to get the 3/4 cup needed. Just an FYI.
No way around this - it's sticky and messy.
I also didm't take pics of me making the 'glaze'. It wasn't part of the recipe, just more sugar and orange. 2 cups of confectioner's sugar and 1/4 cup of freshly squeezed orange juice. Don't put it one if the cake is too warm....it just absorbs
It is a little labour intensive, but it's a pretty good cake.
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