Honey Orange Cake

My yard has lot of oranges. Typically they are extremely good, but this year the oranges are sour, could not eat them. Was browsing thru one of the food groups and found the recipe for orange cake, that was eggless and butterless. I really wanted to try this recipe. Baked the cake immediately as I had all the ingredients in my pantry. The cake tasted great but was dry. Hence came up with the idea of making the honey syrup and soaking the cake in it. This made the cake super moist. Honey orange cake reminded me of the local bakery cakes in my home town, so moist and perfectly sweet….

HoneyOrangeCake

Ingredients

thick curds ½ cup
brown sugar ¾ cup
orange juice ½ cup (juice of 2 naval oranges from my garden)
olive oil ⅓ cup
all purpose flour 1 ½ cup
baking powder 1 tsp
baking soda ½ tsp
orange zest 1 tbsp
orange food color ⅛ tsp (optional)

for syrup
water ½ cup
sugar 2 tbsp
honey ¼ cup

Method

Preheat the oven to 350 deg F.
Grease a baking pan with oil or butter and the dust with flour.
Mix thick curd and brown sugar with a spatula, till it dissolves completely.
Mix in the orange juice, orange zest(grated orange skin, just the orange part) and olive oil.
In another bowl prepare the dry ingredients by mixing all purpose flour, food color, baking powder and baking soda.
Mix the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.
Pour the batter in to the prepared pan.
Bake it for 15-20 mins if making cup cakes, 35-40 mins if making cake in a regular square pan.

for syrup
Take water and sugar in a pan and heat it for few mins till it becomes lukewarm and the sugar starts to melt.
Pour the honey and mix well.
Set this aside.

serving
Let the cake cool down completely.
Transfer it to the serving plate.
Take a fork and poke the cake to make small holes.
Drizzle the honey syrup all over the cake.
Can top it with lightly sweetened whipping cream and serve the cake with a slice of orange on each piece.
Alternative: can heat fruit jam with lil orange juice and spread this on the cake instead of the whipping cream. On the top spread some desiccated coconut.

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