Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Tiger Cake: Orange & Chocolate

I've seen pictures of cakes made this way a bunch of times, but have never attempted it.  Its very similar to a marble cake, but instead ladles of batter are spooned on top of one another slowly so that one pieces are cut it forms a tiger stripe.  For this cake I used an orange cake and a chocolate cake to make it Tiger striped!   The orange flavor in the cake wasn't extremely noticeable as I had hoped.. I'm not sure if it was the chocolate flavor taking over or if it needed more concentrated orange flavor.  Next time I make it I will use frozen orange juice concentrate instead of orange juice.  To see a cut piece of this cake visit here.  Had the cake not been split to create my layers I think the tiger stripe would have been more noticeable.

Low-Fat Chocolate Cake (Both recipes are from crazy about cupcakes by Krystina Castella.. you can get it at Kohl's for $5!)

1 1/2 c. flour
3/4 c. sugar
1/4 c. cocoa powder
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2/3 c. vanilla yogurt (Or I've used plain Greek yogurt, or sour cream mixed with a little heavy cream.. depending on if you forget to buy yogurt!)
2/3 c. skim milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup chocolate chips (Optional, I left these out)

1.  Preheat oven to 350 deg.  This cake will make 2-8" or 9" cakes or cupcakes.  Prep your pan with baking spray.

2. Combine the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Add the yogurt, milk, vanilla and mix until just combined.  Fold in the chocolate chips.

3.  Fill your pans (Or see instructions below for tiger cake).  Bake for 15-20 minutes for cupcakes and 25 minutes for cakes. Or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

**NOTE-  To get flat cakes once you fill the pans drop pan onto counter a few times.

Orange Cake

1/4 lb  unsalted butter (1 stick) @ room temperature
3/4 c. sugar
2 large eggs, separated, @ room temperature
1 1/2 c. flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 c. orange juice
Zest of 2 oranges (I left this out, but it would definitely help with the orange flavor)

1.  Preheat oven to 350.  Prepare pans.
2.  In large bowl cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy (3-5 minutes).  Add the egg yolks and beat well.
3.  In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
4.  Add the dry ingredients to the wet, alternating with the orange juices.
5.  With clean beaters, whip the egg whites until stiff peaks form.  Gently fold the egg whites into the batter.
6.  Fill the pans and bake for 25 minutes or until toothpick comes out of center of cake cleanly.  (Or follow tiger batter steps below.

Tiger Cake Assembly
1.  Fill a ladle full of first batter and pour in center of pan.  Next fill a ladle of the 2nd batter and pour directly over the center of the first ladle.  Continue layering the batter until you run out.  During this process to get the batter to spread pick up the pan and drop it onto counter.

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