Wednesday, April 20, 2011

sugared orange tea cake

remember those oranges 
that i sugared
and canned?
how i promised to make lots of good things with them
i don't break a promise
so here is my first creation
gorgeous and moist cake
perfect with a 
cup of tea

sugared orange tea cake
1c + 2Tbs unsalted butter--room temp
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
4 large eggs--room temperature
1 tsp vanilla
10-12 sugared oranges
orange syrup (from oranges)
whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and baking powder in a bowl.  in a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugars until light and fluffy.  add the eggs one by one mixing thoroughly after each one, careful to clean the sides of the bowl as you go.  add the vanilla and beat once again.  make sure the batter is thoroughly whipped before stirring in the dry ingredients.  once you add the dry ingredients, be careful not to over mix.  pour into prepared cake pan (greased and floured). smooth the top and lay the oranges on top, overlapping a bit.  bake at 325 until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 50 minutes.  after cake is removed from the oven, but not yet cooled, pour a bit of the orange syrup on top, allowing it to completely soak in before adding more.  do not add more than 1/3 of a cup.
*you can add a bit of grand marnier to the syrup if you like.  you can also make a nice icing of confectioner's sugar with the orange syrup and drizzle for a lovely presentation.
allow to cool completely before removing from cake tin.


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