I’ll be the first to admit that baking is NOT one of my strong points, but I’m slowly getting the hang of this and I’m quite confident that I’ll perfect it pretty soon. I’m still to figure out why my cakes tend to split in the middle (top) when baked – maybe one of my readers can help with this? This recipe is pretty straight forward so I won’t go into much detail as with other recipes I post.But I still have a few pics to help you along the way.
Though I can’t recall, I was told by my mom that when I was younger I had a special craving for pound cake. However I do still remember the cake I would get every time someone from the islands came up for a visit, that my mom would send especially for me. I’m sure they broke all sorts of customs rules.
2 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon of fresh orange zest
1/2 cup of yogurt
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
1/2 cup of oil or butter
1 1/4 cup of sugar
2 cups of flour
Start by setting your oven to preheat at 375F. Then cream the butter, sugar, and vanilla together until light; beat the eggs and add to mixture. Then add the orange zest, juice, salt and yogurt. Finally add the baking powder and sift in the flour and mix thoroughly. I used a whisk, but if you prefer you can use a hand mixer or a food processor? Try to get it to a smooth batter.
All I did next was to spray some cooking (non stick) spray into the loaf pan that I was using and poured in the batter. If you don’t have non stick spray (and some people hate using that) grease and dust with flour to ensure that the cake is easy to remove once baked.
Now you oven should be up to the desired temperature. Bake on the middle rack for about 45 minutes or until you can stick a toothpick into it and get it out without any residue.
Enjoy… (allow to cool before slicing)
Don’t forget, if you know why my cake splits at the top, please do leave me a comment below. And don’t forget to enter this months contest, for the free magazine draw.