YUM Orange Loaf Cake!

Hello my lovely readers,

Christmas is approaching, the decorations are up everywhere (even in Delhi!), it’s snowing on my blog but my food preferences are too summery! I don’t know why, but I’m constantly craving for fresh, summery, citrus-ey cakes. Last week I made a really tasty Lemon Loaf Cake and it turned out amazingly good. I saw Rachel Allen baking an Orange cake on her show ‘Rachel Allen Bake!’ and almost instantly started craving it! Unfortunately I didn’t like the way that looked so I thought why not apply my lemon cake recipe to make an orange cake (they’re almost the same thing), so I did and the results were amazing!

All I can say is I made that cake yesterday and there’s none left today! 🙂 Super duper moist and super delicious! On a sidenote: I’ve made eggless cakes all my life but I can say I was foolish to have doubted the role of an egg in baking. Eggs do wonders to the texture! Always use eggs, however,for some reason if you cannot use eggs, I’ve mentioned the alternate too!

If you didn’t try my lemon cake recipe then try this, I’m so sure you will never follow another recipe again!

So, What are we baking?

Orange Loaf Cake

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What are we using?

Nothing really, if you’ve got oranges you can start baking right now!

250 gms Flour

125 gms Light Brown Sugar

125 gms Softened Butter

1 tsp Baking Powder

1 tsp Vanilla Essence

2 Large Eggs

Zest of 1 Orange

2 tbsp Orange Juice

100 ml Milk

VEGETARIANS: Use about 1/2 cup pureed banana instead of the eggs.

You will also need a 22 cm loaf tin, butter for greasing your tin and butter paper to line your tin.

What are we doing?

We’re baking THE most awesome cake and for that you need to follow these steps.

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Preheat oven at 180 degrees Celsius.

Step 1: In a large bowl, add the sugar to the butter.

Step 2: Whisk until both are combined and the mixture looks light and fluffy (kind of like in picture 2 above).

Step 3: In a separate bowl, sieve the flour and baking powder. In a jar, pour the milk and whisk the eggs in it. Now add both these mixtures to the butter mixture you made in step 2, little by little, until it form a batter.

Step 4: Add in the orange zest.

Step 5: Add in the vanilla essence.

Step 6: Add in orange juice.

Step 7: Transfer to a greased tin and bake for 27 minutes at 160 degrees or until the cake is golden on top and the skewer comes out clean.

P.s I say that because every oven is different, my oven sometimes takes longer than what the recipe demands, for example my Christmas special chocolate chip cookies. I say keep peaking into your oven, DO NOT OPEN THE OVEN DOOR, just peak. When you think the cake is done, take it out for a skewer test.

This cake is done when its a little golden on the top. Don’t wait for it to brown.

This recipe will yield a 20-22 cm loaf, serves 6-8 people. In my house, 10-15! 😀 We like to share!

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Enjoy this cake the way I do, with some TEA on a sunny afternoon! 😀

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You can save this cake for upto a week (not that you’ll need to, it will be finished in a day or two!) Wrap a little butter paper to keep the moisture intact.

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Happy Baking!!

Love,

Radhika xx

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Lemon Loaf Cake!

Hello readers,

Quick flashback~ I lived in London for a year or so and that’s where I was acquainted to lemon cakes. I would almost all the time buy McVities Lemon cake when I went grocery shopping (that cake is gorgeous). But after coming back to my motherland India, I could no longer enjoy my favorite cake so I decided to bake it! To my horror, that lemon cake turned out to be a disaster! My cakes may not turn out perfect all the time but they always taste great but this particular cake in question shook my confidence in baking, cooking and everything I thought I knew!

Luckily, I’ve got the skin of a Rhino and I never give up! I kept looking for better recipes and ways to avoid another disaster and today my friends was the day when I combined a few recipes and baked a PERFECT lemon loaf cake!!! God finally granted my wish! So my readers, look no further, this is the recipe you want to try to bake a super moist lemon loaf cake!

So, What are we baking?

Lemon Loaf Cake

This recipe will yield a 20 cm loaf. Serves abut 6-8 people.

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My lemon loaf cake! Happy baking!

What are we using?

22 cm loaf tin

250 gms flour

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

150 gms light brown sugar

125 gms butter (room temp)

2 large eggs

1 tbsp lemon juice

Rind of 1 lemon

150 ml milk

1 tsp vanilla essence

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Super moist on the inside!

What are we doing?

Preheat oven at 180 degrees. Butter your tin and line with parchment/butter paper.

Step 1: Sieve flour and baking powder and mix it properly.

Step 2: Whisk together butter and sugar until pale yellow. In a separate jar, whisk together milk and eggs.

Step 3: Add the flour mix little by little to the butter+sugar mix. Simultaneously, keep adding the milk+eggs milk little by little too, so that that it forms a batter. By the end of this process, your flour mix, milk+eggs mix and butter+sugar mix should have formed a smooth batter.

Step 3: Add in the lemon juice, lemon rind and vanilla essence to the mixture to the batter. Make sure its not too liquidey. I’ve noticed thicker batters yield denser cakes.

Step 4: Bake at 160 degrees for 35 minutes or until just golden on the top. Insert a skewer and if it comes out clean then your cake is ready!

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Tea and my lemon loaf cake! Match made in cake heaven!

Enjoy this cake on a sunny morning with tea or munch on it after supper!

Let us know what you thought about it and how your cake turned out!  I’m sure you’ll love it!

Much love,

Radhika xx

Chocolate Brownies..!

I have just started baking very recently and now almost addicted to it. The lack of good bakeries and patisseries in my area has always deprived me of gorging into delicious cakes, pastries, brownies etc. This inspired me to bake my own cake and each time i have baked something trust me it has turned out super delicious. The best thing about baking is you just need a handful of ingredients, Google a recipe, follow it to the exact measurement and there you have your own delicious piece of heaven.Yesterday i made a chocolate brownie for the first time and it turned out so amazing that i had to share it.

What are we cooking? – Chocolate Brownies…!

brownieFirst attempt at brownie! 5 stars to me-self!

What are we using?

150 Gms Chopped Dark Chocolate

100 Gms Butter

1 Cup Sugar

2 Tablespoon Cocoa Powder

1 Cup All Purpose Flour

1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

3 Large Eggs (For Egg-less Version use 1 cup condensed milk instead of eggs)

1/4 Teaspoon Salt

1/2 Cup Chopped Nuts or Chocolate Chips (optional)

What are we doing?

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 180 degree C or 350 degree F for about 15 mins. Grease a baking tin with butter or line it with nonstick baking paper and set it aside.

Step 2: Melt the chopped chocolate and butter in a large bowl using a double boiler method (i.e. place the bowl with its contents on a sauce pan with simmering water on low heat). Stir constantly until the mixture is smooth.

Step 3: Remove from heat then add cocoa powder and sugar to the chocolate mix and whisk it. Next stir in the vanilla extract and eggs(one at a time). Whisk it to a silky smooth texture after each egg addition. Finally add the flour, salt and chocolate chips(optional) and mix the mixture well.

Step 4: Pour the mix into the greased pan and bake it  for about 20-25 mins or until set. I had sprinkled chopped nuts on top because i love the roasted flavor of nuts on a dry cracked crust. But that’s purely optional.

Step 5: Once done take it out of the oven and allow it to cool on a wire rack. Cut into your own desired size of pieces and serve warm or at room temperature. I drizzled a tablespoon of melted chocolate on top for extra chocolaty goodness.

Enjoy your deep chocolate flavor brownie with moist texture and a dry nutty crust.

Piece of heaven!Smother lots of chocolate sauce over the brownies for that extra goodness! And there you have it, a piece of heaven! BLISS ! ❤

I hope you have fun making your very own chocolate brownies. I think if I can make them being an amateur then anyone and everyone can bake them to absolute gorgeousness. For any queries and complaints please write us back and we’ll be happy to help you. 🙂

Love,

Maitri. (The other half)