Friday, February 20, 2009

For My Momma

I made this cake for my mom for Valentine's Day. She is a huge orange and chocolate fan. Borderline obsessive, if you ask me. I took Ina's recipe for Lemon Yogurt Cake and substituted navel oranges and tangerines for the lemons. You can also use her recipe for Orange Pound Cake, but I wanted to use yogurt, so I chose to adapt her oh, so famous version.

Rather than topping this yogurt cake with a typical white sugar glaze, I chose to top it with a semi-sweet chocolate glaze. I adapted Martha's white chocolate glaze for this. It tasted just like one of these. The flavors meld together over time and taste best the next day and the day after that, if there's any left.

Orange & Tangerine Yogurt Cake adapted from Ina Garten
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup plain whole-milk yogurt
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar, divided
  • 3 extra-large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange and tangerine zest (1 orange and 1 tangerine)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed orange tangerine juice

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 9x5x3-inch loaf pan. Line the bottom with parchment paper. Grease and flour the pan.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt into 1 bowl. In another bowl, whisk together the yogurt, 1 cup sugar, the eggs, orange and tangerine zest, and vanilla.

Slowly whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. With a rubber spatula, fold the vegetable oil into the batter, making sure it's all incorporated. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 50 minutes, or until a cake tester placed in the center of the loaf comes out clean.

Meanwhile, cook the 1/3 cup orange and tangerine juice and remaining 1/3 cup sugar in a small pan until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is clear. Set aside.

When the cake is done, allow it to cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Carefully place on a baking rack over a sheet pan. While the cake is still warm, pour the orange-tangerine sugar mixture over the cake and allow it to soak in. Cool completely then top with glaze (recipe below).

NOTE: DON'T be tempted to skip the parchment paper step. I know you think you can grease and flour the pan really well and it'll come out, right? WRONG! Since you don't allow the cake to cool completely before turning it out, you NEED the parchment paper lining. It helps the cake release from the hot pan without breaking. I've skipped this step before and paid for it with a broken cake :-(

Semi-Sweet Chocolate Glaze adapted from from Martha Stewart

  • 3/4 cup confectioners sugar, sifted plus more if needed
  • 2 tbsp milk, plus more if needed
  • 2-1/2 ounces best-quality semi-sweet chocolate, melted and cooled

In a small bowl, whisk together the confectioners' sugar and milk. The mixture should have the consistency of thin sour cream. Add the melted chocolate and whisk until glaze is smooth. If it is too thin, add more sugar, 1 tbsp at a time; if too thick, add more milk, 1 tsp at a time. Use immediately.

NOTE: Makes enough glaze to cover a 9x5x3-inch loaf. White or milk chocolate can be substituted. Start with a minimum amount of milk. I added too much and had to add more sugar, so it wasn't as chocolaty as I had intended. Though it was still good. This would be awesome on homemade doughnuts!


Sara said...

This looks amazing! The funny thing is I wrote a post on Ina's lemon cake the other day, and said the same thing: no parchment = broken cake! I learned the hard way with that one :)

Lissaloo said...

Yum Yum Yum Yum, I love citrus flavored things I bet the cupcakes were amazing! :)

Donna-FFW said...

Monica- You amaze me as usual with your photos! LOVE them. You make eveything look so very good!

vanillasugarblog said...

That glaze! Yeah! I love that combo. Lucky Mom!

Jerri at Simply Sweet Home said...

What a fabulous post. My mouth is watering!

Also, I wanted to say thanks again for letting me feature your cookies on my site. And I'd like to invite you to submit stuff to my future monthly dessert carnivals. =)

Maria said...

I love Ina's cake. I will have to try the orange and chocolate combo next time! Great job!!

Hennifer said...

Your mother and I have this in common. I adore chocolate and orange!

I've seen Ina's cake adapted for grapefruit too, another of my favorite flavors.

You are ingenous as always! Thanks for sharing

Ingrid_3Bs said...

I've made this but the lemon version.

Really great photos. I of course like the ones of the chocolate glaze dripping down the sides.

My Mom loves raspberry flavored desserts. She's obsessive, too! LOL!

Btw, I've never had one of those chocolate oranges.

Jackie said...

Hi Monica

Did you poke holes all over the cake with a toothpick before you poured the juice and sugar glaze over it.

Monica H said...

Hi jackie-

I did not poke holes through the cake because I didn't want to mess up the top, but in the future I might just so it would soak up all the glaze. It took a long time for it all to soak in and a lot of it fall down the sides. Poking holes in it would surely speed up the process :-)

Anonymous said...

This is my first visit and I'm not only impressed with your recipes but with your photography! I think making pictures of food look tasty is even harder than making food tasty! Good work.

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