Guess what…I had a new guest over this weekend…my mom!!! She came over on her way back from Kerala, just for 3 days..too short…I know..but I’m happy she came.. This was the first time she was visiting us, since we relocated to Blr…and I was equally excited as was my son. Oh! He was going to get a Spiderman games CD she had promised over the phone… I decided to surprise her with a nice cake..and something special it had to be.. Eureka!!! Let’s wear on the experimenting hat!!!
I’ve been on an experimentation mode for some time now.. and my blog is raining bakes from the start of the new year… Someone asked me the other day, is it the theme of the month or something… Ofcourse not!!!…but I will admit, I’m really getting passionate about baking. I’m getting better..but I’m yet to reach up there…I’ve drooled at some of the awesome bakes by some of my fellow bloggers and wondered is it really possible to get that perfection? Yes ofcourse, but only if you persistently try out new recipes, and don’t get bogged down by the response its going to get…Ahem..I’m being very optimistic here..
Like I said, the moment I wear the experimenting hat…ideas start pouring in.. I was thinking of making an orange cake.. but the last time I made it..during Christmas, it was quite simple..I had made it to serve for a small Christmas party I hosted at home.. But remember mom’s coming over..and it has to be special.. so I decided to add walnuts to the simple orange cake..and wow this could also be the time to experiment on a Ganache frosting..what say??? So Walnut and Orange Cake with Ganache Frosting it had to be…:-) It doesn’t take long to think…does it??
I had all the ingredients handy except oranges…so I decided to use an Orange Marmalade preserve instead. Since I was experimenting, the safest bet was to make a sponge cake.. Very simply put, its all ingredients measured out in the same proportion, in this case 150 gms. Since I was using an orange marmalade preserve which already has a lot of sugar, plus the chocolate ganache would also add to the sweetness…so I decided to weigh down the sugar for the cake. The walnuts and the orange marmalade together made a 150 gms…. So that’s it..i had all my ingredients weighed out and altered appropriately..
Here’s what went in finally….
Ingredients for the cake:
150 gms flour,
150 gms unsalted butter,
75 gms powdered sugar,
50 gms walnuts, chopped,
100 gms orange marmalade preserve, (I've used Kissan)
1 tsp baking powder,
1 tsp orange essence (water based),
Few drops of orange colour (optional), (I've not used here),
1.) Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees for 10 mins. Grease a cake tin and set it aside.
2.) Sift the flour and the baking powder thrice and set it aside. Using a spoon mix the orange marmalade to make a smooth paste.
3.) In a mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar until creamy. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Add the orange essence and beat until creamy and soft peaks appear.
4.) Slowly incorporate the flour into the butter/sugar/egg mixture. Scrape down the sides to ensure the batter is mixed well.
5.) Add the marmalade and the walnuts and mix well until fully incorporated. If you are using the orange colour, this would be the right time to mix the colour.
6.) Pour the batter in the greased pan and place it in the centre of the oven for 30 mins.
7.) Remove and allow it to cool on a wire rack.
Ingredients for the Ganache:
200 ml cream,
200 gms dark chocolate,
Few drops of orange essence (oil based),
Some chocolate shavings for decoration,
Silver or coloured dagrees,
1.) Place the cream and the dark chocolate into a pan and heat over low flame until all the chocolate has melted. Add the orange essence and keep stirring until everything its mixed well and no lumps remain. Allow this to cool.
2.) Frost the cake as per your choice. Decorate with grated chocolate shavings and silver dagrees.
Place the cake in the fridge and serve chilled.
I was amazed at the results..the orange and the chocolate were married perfectly...and the walnuts added the right amount of crunch to flavours. The chilled chocolate ganache tasted awesome as well.. I was quite skeptical about the ganache as this is the first time I was trying it out...but I'm glad it came out well..
Mom, hubby and my son loved it..and mom instantly declared me a "Daring Baker" :-)
We enjoyed this chilled bake as the country celebrated its 60th Republic Day!!!