Time flies! 2016 is already here but I still can’t manage to organise myself to publish all the recipes which I have prepared recently. This January is a very busy month for me as I have to get ready to go back to work in February… My new year started calmly and nicely but on January 4th I had a really bad migraine attack which lasted 48 hours. I literally couldn’t get out of bed, so these two days were simply lost… But I guess I will find some more time before the end of the month for another post or two 🙂
Today It is all about one big and very expected event that happened in December: my son’s birthday.
The first birthday! It is incredible how much things can happen in only 365 days! The tiny baby that I held in my arms an year ago have almost quadrupled his weight to become a little boy who is constantly in motion, full of energy and joy. I knew, of course, that this would happen but it still looks like a miracle.
Initially I wanted to make a big celebration on that day but at the end we decided not to complicate it too much. It was just our family, a few friends and an enormous cake (which at the end was given away to other friends and relatives, as there were too much leftovers from it).
About the cake: it was supposed to be my masterpiece so far and I think it was, despite of all the imperfections I found at the end. The main thing that didn’t go well was the first tier: it was very dry and didn’t come up as expected (again I am blaming my bad oven for that). The second tier was better, that’s why I will post here the recipe only for this one.
For the cake:
180 g all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
125 g butter
150 g white sugar
30 g dark brown sugar
1 orange (juice and zest)
For the filling:
150 g unsalted* cream cheese
100 g white chocolate
* if you use salted cream cheese add also 2 tbs confectioners sugar
Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Grease a 17-18 cm cake pan and line it with a circle of parchment paper.
In a bowl combine flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder and set aside.
In a mixing bowl beat butter and the two kinds of sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, orange juice and zest. Whisk until homogeneous. Add the flour mixture and whisk until just combined.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 40-50 minutes or until a wooden skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool for about 10 minutes before removing it from the pan. Let cool completely on a wire rack before assembling it.
Melt the white chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water (or alternatively in the microwave in a very low power). Add cream cheese to melted chocolate and whisk until homogeneous.
Assembling the cake:
When the cake base is completely cold use a serrated knife to cut it horizontally in 3 equal layers. Place one layer on a serving plate or cake stand. Spread on top half of the filling. Cover with a second layer and spread the rest of the filling. Place on top the last layer. Cover the cake all around with buttercream frosting (recipes here and here). Decorate as desired.