The Home Bakers (THB) is back again this month after a month's break in February. This week's bake, Orange-Frosted Sponge Cake is chosen by Mimi of MiMi Bakery House. Hop on over to Mimi's wonderful blog for the full recipe, and while you are there, check out her other lovely bakes!
As with most sponge cakes, this does not contain any oil at all! Yup, you can eat a few slices without feeling all that guilt!
The cake bakes up really tall and mighty! With nice golden colour, spongy, fluffy and cottony soft. As usual I reduced the sugar, to 1/3 cup (from original 1 cup) for the batter and 1/4 cup (from original 1/2 cup) for the egg whites. But I have reduced it too much this time round, as I find that it is not sweet enough! I have added in the orange zest since the juice was needed for the batter, might as well use the zest instead of throwing the orange skin away. And instead of vanilla extract, I have used orange extract.
At first, I thought of making some fruit compote to spoon over the cake, but then decided to make the orange frosting, since I seldom frost my cakes, and after all, the name of this cake is Orange-Frosted Sponge Cake! The frosting is made up of some butter, confectioners' sugar and orange juice. Recipe calls for thawed frozen orange juice concentrate, didn't have that, so I used about 5 tablespoons of fresh orange juice to get the consistency of frosting that I want. When I made the frosting, it does not look like it will be enough to cover the whole cake, but it was just the right amount.
A slice of Orange-Frosted Sponge Cake.
Overall review : nice, soft and fluffy cake. That being said, I am not a fan of sponge cake without any oil. But then, I like the Orange Frosting! There is nothing wrong with this cake, it bakes up perfectly, it is just my personal preference, as I find that sponge cakes are always a little dry. I once made a sponge cake for another baking group, Mile-High Vanilla Sponge Cake, and just like this cake, it was lovely, but then again, I am not a huge fan of it too.
Please do visit the host of this bake, Mimi from MiMi Bakery House for the full recipe. To view the other members bake on this cake, please drop by The Home Bakers (THB).
We are a group of home bakers who are currently baking from "Coffee Cakes" by Lou Seibert Pappas, until each recipe from this book has been baked. This is our bake no. 15 and we have 45 recipes more to go. If you are interested to be a member and join in our bakes, you may drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.