Friday, March 20, 2009

Cake Slice: Triple Orange Chiffon Cake

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!

27 comments:

SiHaN said...

now that's a really sky high cake! looks terribly tall from here. but with that combiantion of orange juices.. must have tasted wonderful! love that injection of orange..

thereddeer said...

Wow that looks awesome - so tall. Good job :)

Jo said...

Great job on your cake and I must say it really looks "sky high". I had thought of using 4" pans as well but ended up with a 9" because I loved the use of lemon curd/lemon frosting.

Katie said...

Wow what a tall cake. Love the idea of using all the diferent oranges. Bet it tasted fab.

Teanna said...

I love that you used the orange! That flower is almost as gorgeous as your cake!

Elyse said...

Oh, I bet the orange was fabulous--especially with the curd and whipped cream to go along with it. Your cake looks just beautiful!!

Mary Ann said...

I cannot believe the height of your cake! It looks amazing. I love that you used oranges too and the flowers are beautiful. Great pics!

Snooky doodle said...

wow what a sly high cake! looks nice. Great idea of using triple orange jiuce in the batter :) looks delicious

Moogie said...

Wonderful deviation from the lemon, great idea.

How To Eat A Cupcake said...

Hey! The recipe I use for Hershey's cupcakes is the same for their cake. I just made it in cupcake form! ;)

Steph said...

I've been trying to find chiffons that are less springy that aren't butter cakes, which are usually too dense. The cake looks really good though!

Gigi said...

Wow talk about Sky High cakes! I love the orange theme. Beautiful cake!

Bunny said...

I knew I was gonna like your post when i saw it was an orange flavored chiffon cake! Love it!!

Linda said...

Now you've taken "sky high" to another level!

That's one yummy looking cake (love your orange variation)...and love the gerber daisies ---one of my fav flowers :)

The Bahens said...

Your cake is beautiful, and I bet that orange flavor was fantastic!

pinkstripes said...

Oh, I'm sure the juice was just beautiful. Your cake looks awesome.

Jessica said...

I am just loving the "little sky high" cakes! And I love the whole orange theme of your post, from the gerbera daisies to the yummy triple orange cake.

Megan said...

It's cute and little and.....tall! I love my little cake pans, but I've never seen 4" size. I'll have to look around.

Steph said...

Haha.. I know! I my family is getting harder to please too!

Caroline said...

Love your use of oranges and great idea for using fruit juice instead of water.
Your cake is really tall, nice!

symphonious sweets said...

You win for tallest cake! I love the triple orange idea too!

Lucy said...

A tower of pure delight! Just beautiful!!!

Grace said...

tallest cake ever--congrats! and i'm totally behind your use of orange (times three, no less!) instead of lemon. nicely done, jacque!

TeaLady said...

Skyscraper cake is more like it. Beautiful. I bet all those oranges did make a beautiful color. Yummy!

The Food Librarian said...

This is the tallest cake ever. Ever! It looks lovely. The orange flavor must have been so delicious!

Engineer Baker said...

Wow, that is one tall and skinny cake! Just impressive. I love the use of three different oranges though - love blood oranges, they're just so pretty.

Fonny Kresnadi said...

My neighbor loves lemon cake. I will bake this cake for her birthday next month. Thank you for the inspiration.