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Ginger and Orange Cake

So, the time arrived to bake my competition cake for the Cake and Bake Show. As the Clandestine Cake Club theme was Sugar and Spice all things nice, I decided to cook a ginger and orange sponge,

My aim was to create a light and airy cake, not your standard dark, sticky. ginger cake made with treacle. So I decided to start with a standard sponge mixture (4 eggs, 225g each of butter, sugar and self-raising flour and 2 tsp baking powder). To the mixture I added about 2 inches of freshly grated ginger, the zest of one orange and a tablespoon of Cointreau.

The first time I made it (I had to make several in preparation)  I added marmalade to the mixture but I think it affected the rise slightly so omitted it from the final recipe.

I brushed the bottom cake with orange juice and the top with ginger syrup before filling it with Mum’s home-made marmalade and orange curd. The orange curd was made with 2 eggs, one cup of orange juice, one tablespoon of orange zest, 2 tablespoons of butter, 2 teaspoons of cornflour and a tablespoon of lemon juice.

All the ingredients are mixed together in a glass bowl and cooked over a pan of simmering water. I whisked it continually to stop it from going lumpy.

Over the top I made a glacé icing with ginger syrup from a jar of stem ginger and some orange juice. I decorated it using the feathering technique. This involves piping lines of a different coloured glacé onto the cake and dragging a cocktail stick through it so the lines draw into each other (resembling a party ring). On my cake I directly drew gel icing onto the glacé using a cocktail stick. This meant that I could dip it into both red and yellow at the same time, creating a gradient of colour.

I decorated the cake with chopped stem ginger and crystallised orange zest. It looked like a bonfire – representing the ‘fieriness’ of the ginger.

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This cake has been a huge hit in my family, there were no complaints that i had to make it four times in preparation for the show!

I had such a great time at the Cake and Bake show even though my cake didn’t win. I’ve written a separate blog about what I did and all that happened on the day!

Lizzy 🙂

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