Saturday 23 July 2011

Vanilla and Chocolate Cake with Orange flavour

A bit later than usual today, but I had a bit of a lazy day today, being it’s a Saturday. I just made a cake, which some of you have tasted already. My mum was making it like crazy when I gave birth, so all the guests must have tried it, including midwifes and health visitors!
Make sure you stick to the measurements when it comes to sweets! They don’t take to too much improvisation! 
Yummy Yum with some ice cream


4 eggs
500gr self-raising flour
The zest of one orange
The zest of one lemon
250gr unsalted butter
2 cups of sugar
1 cup of milk
Vanilla extract
2 spoonfuls of cocoa powder


Start by getting your non-stick cake form ready. I use a sculptured one but it is not necessary. Smear it with butter and then flour. Put aside for now until you get your mix ready.
Start by mixing the butter with the sugar. I use an electric mixer and I leave the butter outside the fridge for at least half an hour before, so it becomes easier to mix. You will need to mix them for a good 10 minutes on their own so they dissolve properly. Then add a teaspoon of vanilla extract and the zest of the orange and lemon. Add the eggs one by one and mix in between.
Then start adding the milk and the flour, one spoonful roughly of each at a time, until you have added them both. That is your vanilla mix ready.
Pour the mix into the cake form and just leave a very small amount at the end. Add the 2 spoonfuls of cocoa powder and mix it with the remainder of the mix and then add that on the top of the form. I usually ever so slightly stir it with a spoon into the vanilla mix so that they two mix together. Check the photo so you understand what I mean.By the way, you do not need to do this bit, I add the chocolate cause it looks better as well, you can leave it without it.
You must have preheated the oven at 200 degrees and you need to bake it for 1 hour exactly at 190 degrees.
You can check if it is ready by sticking in a sharp knife, if it comes back up with no mix stuck to it, then the cake is ready, otherwise put it back in the oven for another 5 minutes and then check again.
Once it is ready, leave in the cake form for a good half an hour before you try to remove it. You can serve with ice cream, custard cream or on its’ own as it is delish!!! 

Ps. Being that I had to cut it and dress it in order to photograph it, I now have to eat it.... wouldn’t leave it to go to waste!... 

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