I'm one of those oddballs that doesn't mind cold, blustery winters. The idea of the outside world falling dormant and hibernating for part of the year is comforting to me.
Winter is a time of quiet hibernation for people too. Gone are the evenings spent chatting with neighbors on the sidewalk and the shouts of children playing baseball in the street. In their place is a quietness, a withdrawing to the comfort and warmth of home.
Winter is special, because without it, spring would not be that magical time of re-awakening.
Sprigs of green seem to defy the odds and poke their little heads out of the cold, dark earth. Likewise, neighbors emerge from their houses, anxious for fresh air and a chance to see old friends.
This month's Cake Slice recipe was Triple Lemon Chiffon Cake, a perfect excuse to sit on the porch and catch up with neighbors.
I opted for a triple orange chiffon cake, rather than lemon. The last four desserts I've made have been lemon flavored and I was ready for a change.
I decided to kick it up a notch by using the juice from a blood orange, a mineola orange, and a regular orange. (I wish I would have taken a picture of the combined orange juice, it was a gorgeous orangish-fuschia color.) I also subbed orange juice for the water called for in the cake.
In spite of all of that orange-ness, the cake still had only a slight orange hue. But it tasted delicious, the orange cream filling was light and lovely, as was the orange spiked whipped cream icing. I personally thought the cake was a little too spongy-textured, but it tasted wonderful. (Find the recipe ----> here.)
I quartered the recipe and baked in 4" pans.
Since this cake rose nicely, it made for quite the tall and skinny cake.
OK, that's it for this month. I'll catch up with you next month for the next fabulous recipe from "Sky High: Irresistible Triple Layer Cakes" by Alisa Huntsman and Peter Wynne. Please be sure stop by the Cake Slice blogroll and check out how the rest of the bakers fared.
P.S. the neighbors loved this cake!