As you probably realized if you have been following me for a while, I am not much of a baker. In fact, I am a pretty horrible baker (see disaster cake over here). My successful to horrible cakes ratio is probably 1 to 1. Not a great score. However, for some reasons there are some people around that still consider me a good enough baker. Actually some get so far as to ask me to bake their birthday cake.
Now, when that happens it is usually because I baked them a successful cake, usually either this orange cake or this chocolate cake. And this was the case last week when a friend of mine asked me to bake the orange cake for his birthday party.
Now, this was a busy weekend and I knew I had to get the cake done Friday night. I also didn’t have time to go grocery shopping and i didn’t have any oranges, so I decided I was going to try baking something different with the ingredients I had on hand, that did not include butter.
I was also feeling guilty because I wasn’t going to make the cake he requested, so I decided to make up for it by baking two cakes. I scouted the web and found two great cakes: olive oil and lemon cake and yogurt and coconut cake. They both seemed like ideal starting points and didn’t require any butter. I made some minor tweaks and glazed the cakes in chocolate to make them more festive and we were ready to party!
On a separate note, my friend Sofie over at the German Foodie decided to feature me in her Sunday series “Bloggers I follow“. I am so honored she chose me for this week feature! Please stop by and check out her blog, she is an amazing baker!
I really didn’t modify the lemon cake recipe at all, so I will just send you to Amelia’s blog to check out her recipe. The cake turned out great and to make it even more lemon-y after baking I added layer of lemon marmalade in the middle of the cake. To make it more festive and party looking I melted a bar of white chocolate with 1/4 cup of milk and used it as a glaze.
I also didn’t modify much the other recipe, but since that one is in Italian, let me translate it for you.
I’m sharing these cakes over at Sweet as Sugar Cookies: