Thursday, July 24, 2008

My Cake Has Fallen and It Can't Get Up!!

Morning, Dear Ones! I certainly hope Chloe Dawn explained to you why I didn't have up a new post problems! I haven't read what she wrote yet, but she assured me she explained everything to you. She's such a sweet girl!
Well...this weekend I wanted to have a little birthday lunch for a friend of mine. I made a wonderful huge chicken salad with all kinds of fixings to go in it, deviled eggs and cheese rolls. I had my table set with a sweet little table cloth and even stopped in the middle of the day and made a set of blue and white napkins to go with my dishes.

A few weeks ago I posted about the Mitford book series. If you've read them you are very familiar with the Orange Marmalade Cake made by Esther Bollik (I don't remember how to spell her last name!). My friend has read all the books and I thought I would surprise and bake this cake that is supposed to be so wonderful for her birthday. I have the companion cookbook and this is the picture of that beautiful cake! It had so many steps and went on and on, but anything for a friend, right?
I bought all my ingredients from the grocery store - zillions of eggs, heavy whipping cream, butter, an orange for the orange zest, the orange marmalade - just everything! Now let me tell you, to make this cake, you gotta be ready to do some serious baking. Step after step after step and three layers, too, not two layers like the picture above shows. I was so careful and did everything just right.
I must tell you, I'm a PEEPER! A peeper is someone who opens her oven door just a little too soon before the cake batter is done! Do you know what happens when you do that!? Well, I couldn't wait and slowly opened the oven door and just like letting the air out of a balloon, down down down went the centers of my cake layers! I almost threw them out! But closed the oven door and let them finish the last ten minutes of baking time.
I assembled my cake just so but still wanted to cry because of the mess I'd made. After I had iced this special cake - it looked more like a white volcano - someone may have thought I'd punched it in the center through all three layers.
I carefully spread the orange marmalade on top and it just slowing slide down into the center. I quickly put the cake into the fridge for the night!

The birthday lunch was very nice and my friend appreciated it. I went to the kitchen to retrieve the volcano cake and starting singing "Happy Birthday" to her. When I arrived at the dining room, I started to laugh and told her the story. Well, I cut the cake and guess what? It was delicious even with the volcano top!
So Dear Ones, if you ever want to make this cake, it's worth it! It is so delicious - just don't open the oven door until the baking time is over.
I know this is really a long recipe, but I thought I should include it in case you would love to try this Orange Marmalade Cake yourself:
Esther’s Orange Marmalade Cake

For the Cake
1 cup unsalted butter, softened and a little more for greasing pans
3 ¼ cups cake flour, more for dusting pans
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 2/3 cups granulated sugar
5 large eggs, at room temperature
4 large egg yolks, at room temperature
2/3 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon grated orange zest (to zest an orange, lemon or lime, use a veggie peeler to remove the outer (colored) peel, leaving the bitter white pith, and use a chef’s knife to mince the peel. You may also use a kitchen utensil called an orange zest, which produces finely grated orange peel)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup buttermilk, at room temperature

For the orange syrup
1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice ( I just used OJ straight from the carton :)
¼ cup granulated sugar

For the filling
1 ( 12 ounce ) jar orange marmalade

For the frosting
1 cup heavy cream, chilled
4 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 cup sour cream, chilled
The Cake Preheat the oven to 350’. Lightly butter three 9 inch round cake pans, line them with parchment paper, then lightly butter and flour the paper, shaking out any excess.

Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl. Sift a second time into another bowl. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter on medium speed until light in color, about 4 minutes. Add the 2 2/3 cups sugar in a steady stream with the mixer running. Beat until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add the eggs and yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Be sure to stop at least once to scrape down the batter from the sides of the bowl. After all of the eggs have been added, continue to beat on medium speed for 2 more minutes. With the mixer on low speed, add the oil and beat for I1 minute. In a small bowl combine the orange zest, vanilla, and buttermilk. Using a rubber spatula, fold in half of the dry ingredients. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add half of the buttermilk mixture. Fold in the remaining dry ingredients, scrape down the sides, and add the remaining buttermilk.

Pour the batter among the prepared pans, smooth the surface, rap each pan on the counter to expel any air pockets or bubbles, then place in the oven. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, (please, don’t peek before the finished cooking time or the layers will fall!) or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let the cakes cool in the pans on racks for 20 minutes.

The orange syrup In a small bowl stir together the orange juice and ¼ cup sugar until the sugar is dissolved. While the cakes are still in the cake pans, use a toothpick or skewer to poke holes at ½ inch intervals in the cake 2 layers. Spoon the syrup over each layer, allowing the syrup to be completely absorbed before adding the remainder. Let the layers cool completely in the pans.

The filling Heat the marmalade in a small saucepan over medium heat until just melted. Let cool for 5 min.

The frosting In a chilled mixing bowl using the wire whisk attachment(if you have one), whip the heavy cream with the 4 tablespoons sugar until stiff peaks form. Add the sour cream, a little at a time and whisk until the mixture is a spreadable consistency.

To assemble the cake Invert one of the cake layers on a cake plate and carefully peel off the parchment. Spread one-third of the marmalade over the top, smoothing it into an even layer. Invert the second layer on top of the first, peel off the parchment, and spoon another third of the marmalade on top. Place the third cake layer on top, remove the parchment, and spoon the remaining marmalade onto the center of it, leaving a 1 ¼ inch border around the edges. Frost the sides and the top border with the frosting, leaving the marmalade on top of the cake exposed. Or, if you prefer, frost the entire cake first, adding the marmalade as a garnish on top. Chill for at least 2 hours before serving.
Here's a little Note Song for you ~

MacArthur Park
MacArthur's Park is melting in the dark
All the sweet, green icing flowing down...
Someone left the cake out in the rain
I don't think that I can take it'cause it took so long to bake it
And I'll never have that recipe again
Oh, no!

~ sung by Richard Harris


  1. I'm so glad that I'm not the only one that has had cake issues! I'm very sorry that yours didn't turn out the way you wanted. I bet you friend appreciated the effort though, and it looks like the rest of the lunch was wonderful. I love you new napkins! They are lovely.
    Have a great day. It's a holiday here in Utah, so I'm off to go play with the family.

  2. Good Morning Shelia!!

    What a yummy sounding cake!!! I might have to try it!! Tom and I love orange!! (Lemon, too!)

    Cake-in-the-oven-peepers always seem to get themselves into trouble! I'm so happy I have a glass oven door!!! Cuz, I like to know what's going on inside the oven...but know NOT to open it!! LOL!! I learned a LOoooNG time ago, not to do that!!

    Have a blessed day!!!

    I'm painting the kitchen today. Got the dining room painted Tuesday and Dining Room set came all looks marvelous! pix til I get all the stuff done...sewing and painting items for the wall...accessorizing!! Just BEFORE and AFTER DURING pix!! LOL!!

    ~Blessings to you and Chloe Dawn...

  3. Shelia, sweetie...thanks for your visit and kind comments.

    I appreciate you feeling sorry that I had to go through all these things...but, you know what? I wouldn't have NOT gone through them, if it meant NOT getting to know JESUS!!!

    If I hadn't travelled the "roads" I did, I wouldn't have met HIM where I needed HIM most!!!

    It's just wonderful to KNOW that even before I accepted HIM into my heart, I can see that HE was there with me, through it all!!! HE had HIS hand on me from the time I was a wee baby!!!

    Most things that have happened in my life, have been healed. A few keep coming up...and those I keep turning over to HIM!!!

    When I feel the "nudge" of the Holy Spirit, whether it's about posting my testimony or whatever, I've learned it's BEST to give into it right away!!!


  4. I'm sorry for you cake troubles. I know what that's like! What a good friend you are. I'm sure your friend truly appreciated it.

    When I was a little girl my great grandmother used to make an oragne cake that was delicious. After years and years of searching for a recipe I finally found one that I made last year that was similar to the one you mentioned. I used an orange curd in the middle layers of mine instead of marmalade.

    take care,

  5. PP Girl~~~ How did I NOT know our darling, feisty n' precious "Lucy look-alike" SHEILA, was ALSO "my" PICKLEPOO"??? HOOOOly guacamole, kiddo!!! NOW it all "FITS"!!!~~~ Just had a few secs to read n' look at pics here, and it is soooo "y-o-u"~~~ my day is truly "MADE" now!!! We just ret'd last night from a few days of R&R (n' getting away from this HOT desert air!) in the mountains ~~~ a stone house/B&B built in the early 20's... SOOO WONDERFUL, but now, of course, time to get back to "reality"! Saw yer msg~~~ Sweet Sheila, you can post ANYTHING of mine that you wish (welll, except my "arse", of course! Chuckles!)~ I'd be HONORED! Promise to come back in a day or two when I'm "caught up" n' "back-read" ~~~ you & Mr. Precious look soooo cute at the Captain's Table, and of course, and quite naturally, I am ENAMORED with your DARLING CHLOE DAWN!!! Our Belle-girl sends her licks (think she's the 6th pic or so in our bedroom posting). More later~ time to change the laundry! Hugs (n' thanks for the compliment too!) Linda (P.S. I guess NOW is the "right time" to tell you that everytime I log on to GOLLUM'S n' I see your pic, I SMILE~~~ really! You are sooooo like the "Lucy" EVERYBODY loves!)~~~ XOXO Linda

  6. Oh well you sure made something pretty out of what could have been a disaster! Lookes so yummy to me. My mom once baked a cake and the whole thing she mixed it all together with the icing and formed a cake out of it! lol, everyone thought it was delicious!

  7. P.S. I L-O-V-E that you printed some of MAC ARTHUR PARK!!! Our FIRST German Sorthaired Pointer/ and the FIRST "love-of-our-lives", was NAMED "MacArthur" ~~~ as in GENERAL Douglas MacArthur! It made me smile in memory of that most BELOVED, BIGGEST-BLESSING-EVER dawg~~~ I couldn't even say his NAME for the first 4 YEARS after he went to heaven, I loved him soooo much. Still do... Always have, always will. One never gorgets. Warm hugs, Me

  8. Your cake looks pretty good to me. Just like people, it doesn't matter how they look on the outside!

  9. I'm sure it still tastes great! Looks delish! What a gorgeous table setting. Makes me want to have tea!


  10. I've heard tell that fallen cakes are the best ones....Just a rumor...LOL! Wouldn't know anything about that...LOL! Your posts are such fun!

    I have a few awards for you, drop in when you get a chance! :)

    See you for the shower tomorrow!
    Hugs, Rhonda

  11. Hi Shelia,
    I bet your cake was yummy! I haven't read the Mitford books, but bought the first one at a yard sale for 10 cents! I've heard they were great!

    Hope you have a great day,

  12. It doesn't have to look good it just has to taste good. Makes me want to go bake !! Kathy

  13. That cake looks DELICIOUS, I don't care if it looks like a volcano, I have always wanted to visit Hawaii anyways;) What a lucky friend you have!!! :)

  14. It looks delicious, even with the volcano in the middle. That's special that you even baked her a cake - rather than go out and buy one. I love the table and special napkins!

  15. Now Miss Shelia... You know those are the ones that taste the best... I bet your friend was just tickled pink.... I know I would have been... Ps.. I know that you gave sweet little chloe dawn a nibble... Smiles.. Susie H~

  16. Sounds like a great lunch! Holy cow that cake is complicated! Who cares what it looks like though, bet it tasted great! You could have passed it off as a bundt cake.

    Love that song to go with it! It made me laugh, lol.


  17. Shelia; what a sweet and dear friend you are to make a special birthday. And the cake looks so good, even though you made a volcano. hahaha you really crack me up. I am glad it turned out great for you, and I love the table setting. Have a great weekend.


  18. Thanks for visiting My Husband Rocks and leaving me those comments! I am blessed!! **blushing**thanks for the compliment about me, too!!

    Somewhere In Time...awesome!! Glad to know we have that in common too!


  19. How fun is that! A peeper :), me too! I'm glad you went forward with your wonderful cake, I know it must have tasted so wonderful, wish I had a piece :).


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