Since beginning of this year, i haven’t done much baking at all.. except for some festive season and also birthday celebration bakes.
Having been deprived from food for almost a week –food poisoning!– i craved for a couple of slices of good, hearty and heavy solid cake. It could be anything.. from anything, so long it is something fresh out of my own oven, i am pretty sure it’d hit the right spot! *aheeeeemm* :P
To be honest, i didn’t have much in the fridge at all.. because no shopping has been done since we arrived on Monday. Beggars can’t be choosy right? So, i simply made use of what i have — yogurt and fruits, specifically, orange –
So, out came Orange Yogurt Cake with Grand Marnier and Dried Cranberries!
I tell you, these days.. i’ve been extremely naughty!
I add alcohol to all my cakes! :P
Just yesterday, i had, well.. almost the same thing ‘cept for the flavour, Chocolate Yogurt Cake with Baileys no less! Yes, i ate 2 heavy cakes in 2 days! Oh, did i mention we also had litchi konnyaku jelly as well? I’m terrible!!
Oh well.. as the friends say, i should eat!
After all, i did lose 2kg you know! *YES!!*
(ppssstt : i’m almost back to my pre-pregnancy weight!!! the lightest i have ever been for the past 1 decade.. mmmm.. to be more accurate, since mid of 2001 :P BUT i don’t feel it though. hmph. i still feel ba ba lor!)
This cake is baked with an angel in mind actually.
She did quite a bit for my boys when Darcy and i were away since 2 weeks ago. In fact, i’d be dropping the cake off at her place right after this :)
Fortunately, the remaining batter managed to fill up 6 cuppies.. for ourselves to test eat since i’ve not baked this cake before with the recipe i used.
Verdict : the helper begged for more! Hahahhaa! I love it! Fragrance… moist… zesty tasting… but unfortunately, no hint of the Grand Marnier *grrr*.. basically, i don’t think anyone would dislike this cake. Too easy to love! What’s more, it’s healthy! ;)
(UNLESS, u dislike orange laaaa.. then, bo pian liao :P)
Grin. You know.. i kinda wish i don’t have to give it away. Hahahaaaaa… i want more! ^_^
p.s : the recipe below is extremely versatile and it’s oh-so-good. you can bake anything you want with it with a few tweaks here and there *wink*
Orange Yogurt Cake with Grand Marnier and Dried Cranberries
(adapted from Donna Hay’s recipe)
125g unsalted butter, softened
1 cup caster sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup of thick plain yogurt + 2 tbsp more OR 1 cup of milk
juice of half an orange
2 tbsp of orange zest
2 1/2 cup self raising flour
1/2 baking soda
1. Beat butter and sugar together until light and creamy. Add eggs. Beat well.
2. Stir in yogurt, orange juice and zest, then, (flour and baking soda) x sift into butter mix to combine.
3. Bake in a loaf pan or a 9″ tin at 150C for 45-60 mins till golden brown.