13 November, 2018
Yeasted Orange Cake #Bread Bakers
Yeasted Orange Cake is made not with baking powder as the leavening agent but with yeast. This cake soaked in syrup and served with generally with berries and whipped cream and is one of the most delicious cakes I have had.
A cake, a well-known dessert in nothing but is modified bread! Yeast cakes are very old and are similar to yeast bread. The traditional yeast cakes are babka, stolen. In England, the difference between a cake and a bread were that the cake was round and flat. The cake was also turned over once while cooking.
Yeast was discovered accidentally when the dough made from flour and water were left alone long enough for natural yeast to ferment the dough. Be thankful that the homemaker then did not throw out the fermented dough.
Yeast is technically a fungus, yes in the same category as your mushrooms and is an integral part of bread making. The use of yeast has given us bread that has a light texture and soft crumb not taking in to account that the bread is delicious. In fact, longer the rise time better is the flavour.
With the arrival of chemical leavening agents like baking powder, the world that depended on yeast went through a transformation radically.
I for one did not know we could use yeast to make cakes. My education started with BienenstichKuchen/ German Bee Sting Cake, Cinnamon Chocolate Babka Muffins, Egg-less Slovak Paska Bread Easter Special then I forgot about my desire to search for more cake recipes using yeast. Thanks to Stacey this time for #Bread Bakers for whom I am hosting and we are doing yeasted cakes.
This recipe is copied from King Auther Flour. My only problem with the cake was taht the syrup did not seep to the centre. Will try poking the cake and pouring the surup next time.
Yeasted Orange Cake #Bread Bakers
- Serves: 10-inch cake
- Preparation time: 20 minutes
- Cook time: 25 minutes
- Passive time: 60 minutes
For the Cake:
- 2 1/4 cups Maida/ All-Purpose Flour, divided
- 2 1/4 tsp instant yeast
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup warm milk
- 10 tbsps unsalted butter, melted
- 4 large eggs
- 1 tbsp Orange zest
For the Syrup:
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- Grease a 10” diameter bundt pan.
- Mix 3/4 cup of the flour, the yeast, sugar, and salt.
- Mix the warm milk and melted butter.
- Add the flour mixture gradually, mix for 2 minutes.
- Add the eggs, the remaining 1 1/2 cups of the flour, and the zest.
- Beat for 2 minutes vigorously.
- Add the dough in the pan and spread the dough evenly.
- Cover with a kitchen towel, and let rise for 1 hour.
- After about 45 minutes, preheat the oven to190◦C/ 375F.
- Bake the cake for 22 to 25 minutes, until a tester inserted into the centre comes out clean.
- Remove it from the oven.
- As the cake is baking get the syrup ready by bringing to boil the sugar and water in a pan over medium heat.
- Simmer until the syrup thickens say 10 minutes.
- Add the orange juice, and remove from the heat.
- Brush half the syrup over the cake, and allow it to cool for 5 minutes.
- Turn the cake out onto a rack set over parchment or a pan. Brush the remaining syrup over the newly exposed bottom crust.
- Turn the cake right-side up onto a plate, and cool completely.
- Serve with whipped cream and berries. But since we had no berries available in this season not even grapes I have served it plain with dried cranberries.
This month, the Bread Bakers are making yeasted cakes, a theme chosen by Archana of The Mad Scientist’s Kitchen. Here are everyone’s yeasted cakes:
- Almond Stollen from Baking Sense
- Baba-au-Rhum from Ambrosia
- Chocolate Babka from Sneha’s Recipes
- Cranberry Lardy Cake from Food Lust People Love
- Drozdzowe from A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Hartford Election Cake from All That’s Left are the Crumbs
- Orange Yeast Cake from Cooking with Renu
- Yeasted Lemon Cake from Gayathri’s Cookspot
- Yeasted Orange Cake from The Mad Scientist Kitchen
- Yeasted Pound Cake from Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- Yeasted Transylvanian Cinnamon Sugar Cake from Sizzling Tastebuds
#BreadBakers is a group of bread loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bread with a common ingredient or theme. Follow our Pinterest board right here. Links are also updated each month on this home page.
We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient. Our theme this month is Yeasted Cakes.