When we decided to have birthday cake to celebrate TWO years with Bigger Picture Blogs, I got so excited that I couldn't choose just one.
And I figured, two years deserves two cakes, right? Especially since my first cake recipe took almost no effort (although provided tons of sweet reward).
The recipe for Orange-Yogurt Cake is nearly as simple, but even more delicious than it has any right to be. It would make a fantastic tea cake, as it's lightly sweet and crazy moist. I topped mine with some more whipped cream (I couldn't let it go to waste!) but it would be delicious with a cream cheese frosting or a simple dusting of powdered sugar. Plus, the delicate orange flavor is perfect for any occasion. In fact, I've got a piece on a plate for my second breakfast as we speak.
Yes, I DO eat second breakfasts. Especially when they're fresh from the oven, and wafting their citrus scent all over my house.
(adapted from Martha Stewart Living, December 2006)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons white sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
1 tablespoon fresh-squeezed orange juice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter an 8-inch round cake pan and set aside. Whisk dry ingredients in a large bowl before adding the yogurt, oil, orange zest, orange juice, egg, and vanilla. Stir until smooth. Pour into pan and bake for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack before turning cake out onto a plate for serving. May be garnished with a dusting of powdered sugar, sugared orange segments, or freshly whipped cream.
*Note: I doubled the recipe and made two round cakes instead of one. If I'm making a cake, I'm making a BIG ONE!
Now I'm off to treat myself to a sweet birthday celebration! Join me? Link your dessert recipes -- old or new -- and be sure to come back tomorrow for the OFFICIAL party! We're sharing presents and creativity and collaboration...all the good stuff. I hope you'll jump in and party like TWO year olds with us!