A “little” orange layer cake for a big event

by Daniela


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.

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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
2 eggs
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.

Orange layer cake for a first birthday - daniscookings.wordpress.com

Orange layer cake for a first birthday - daniscookings.wordpress.com


Orange layer cake for a first birthday - daniscookings.wordpress.com


Orange layer cake for a first birthday - daniscookings.wordpress.com

Orange layer cake for a first birthday - daniscookings.wordpress.com

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