I’ve posted seven cake recipes since starting this blog, so I guess that’s sort of indicative of what I like. I like cake.
A lot has changed since my past birthday, especially on this blog. In November 2014, I had 885 hits on here for the whole month. So far this month I’ve had about 25,000, and it just keeps growing. I’m so happy that there are people out there who like what I’m doing, and really hope that I’m helping inspire all of you to love healthy food.
I’ve put a bunch of work into trying to improve my pictures, too, which is super fun and awesome. If you check out last year’s recipe, it’s easy to see a change. I’m not sure if I want you to go look at it. The cake is good, though, I swear! This recipe is quite a bit simpler, but also good.
The cake is similar to what I think of as traditional cake flavours, lemon and vanilla. I’ve been eating oranges like crazy lately, so subbing them for lemons seemed like the right thing to do. The vanilla is quite strong, and since the icing is orange vanilla too, you’ll definitely be tasting it.
There’s a raspberry filling between layers, too, which goes nicely with everything else. The topping is simple macerated orange slices. If you hate oranges, try another citrus fruit. If you hate vanilla, replace it with cinnamon. If you hate both, there’s nothing I can do for you.
Remember that this recipe fills two cake pans to make a tall layer cake, and the ingredients reflect that. There might seem like a lot of steps, but it really doesn’t take too long to make all the different elements. It’s quite a bit of honey no matter how you look at it, but remember that this is a cake, and you’re not eating it all day every day.
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Vanilla Orange Birthday Cake
- 3 cups kamut flour
- 2 cups einkorn flour*
- 5 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 tablespoon vanilla powder*
- Pinch of salt
- 1 ½ cups honey or maple syrup
- 3 cups orange juice*
- 1 cup grape seed oil*
- 2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
- Zest of 4 oranges
- 3 cans coconut milk chilled overnight
- 2 tablespoons honey
- Zest of 2 oranges
- 1 teaspoon vanilla powder
- 2 oranges peeled and sliced
- 1 teaspoon honey
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon optional
- 2 cups frozen raspberries
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F). Grease and lightly flour two 9-inch springform pans.
- Sift the flours, baking powder and soda, vanilla, and salt into a large bowl. Sifting them helps keep everything light.
- In a medium bowl, whisk the honey, orange juice, oil, vanilla, and orange zest. Add this into the dry ingredients, and whisk them together until just combined. Avoid over mixing.
- Pour even amounts of the batter into the prepared pans, and bake for 55-60 minutes. Resist the urge to open the oven to peek while they’re baking, especially for the first 40 minutes or so. Test them with a toothpick to make sure they’re done before taking them out of the oven.
- Cool for about 15 minutes before removing the sides of the pans. Cool completely before icing. This takes several hours, so prepare in advance. I made the cakes the night in advance, then brushed them with a little bit of the macerating syrup from the oranges for the topping to keep them from drying out overnight. Doing that makes them extra scrummy, too.
- To assemble, cut each cake in half, making four layers. Layer cake on the bottom, followed by a third of the cream, then cake, then all of the raspberry filling, then cake, then another third of the cream, then cake, and top with the remaining cream and the macerated oranges. I added some extra vanilla powder and a sprinkle of bee pollen over my cake.
- Whip the creamy part from the coconut milk with the honey, orange zest, and vanilla. You can peek at the instructions in this recipe if you haven’t make coconut whipped cream before.
- Place the oranges, honey, and cinnamon in a covered dish and let them sit for about an hour, or overnight. This is maceration, which helps to sweeten and soften the oranges.
- Gently cook the raspberries with the honey over low heat until just simmering. Remove from the heat and cool completely before adding to the cake.
2. If you don’t eat honey, substitute maple syrup.
3. You can use all kamut, einkorn, spelt, or plain white flour here instead of the combination. I love the softness of the einkorn with the slightly coarser texture of kamut, but they’re both quite light.
4. If you don’t have vanilla powder, just use some extra extract instead.
5. Try to find orange juice not from concentrate. Apparently that’s not a thing at our neighbourhood supermarket, so we squeezed about a million oranges instead.
6. Any light tasting oil can be used instead of grape seed, but try to avoid oils that are solid at room temperature, like coconut.
* For American cup measurements, please click the pink link text above the ingredient list that says ‘American’.
Nutrition is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate. If this information is important to you, please have it verified independently.