Saturday, May 8, 2010

Daffodil Cake (no, there aren't real flowers in the recipe)

For those of you who live in regions where early May is still spring and not blazing-hot summer (sorry, Raleigh readers), you might want to celebrate the season with a daffodil cake. It's angel food cake with a denser bottom layer (you add in egg yolks) and an orange glaze.  (Which is always my favorite part. I've been known to lick the serving platter after the cake is gone.  But I do it very demurely.)

If you're not up to making your own angel food cake batter or if you're pressed for time, you could cheat and use a box mix.  Angel food isn't tough to make from scratch, though, so you might want to give it a try.

Daffodil Cake
  • Your favorite angel food batter
  • 6 egg yolks, beaten
  • 1 t. orange extract
  • 3 T. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3. c. orange juice concentrated, thawed
  • 1 1/2 c. powdered sugar
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Make the angel food batter.  Set aside about 3 cups; pour the rest into an ungreased tube pan.

Add egg yolks and orange extract to reserved batter and fold together.  Spoon into tube pan over plain batter.  Bake until toothpick in center comes out clean, about 45 minutes.  Cool and unmold.

To make the glaze, mix together the cream cheese and orange juice concentrate.  Whisk in the sugar.  Drizzle over cooled cake.


Anonymous said...

The cake is so perfect for spring. Amazingly delish.

Lindsay said...

Ooh, looks good. Too bad I'm laying off sweets this week or I'd give it a try. Maybe next week...

Ellen said...

You know, .... I've always wanted to try making a daffodil cake. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I just might try this THIS week!! ;)