i love sweet little cakes in spring.... this is one that i make all the time as it's great with a tea in the morning or after dinner for a sweet tooth something...it's one of my faves & the recipe makes 2 cakes... so i can always give one as a presie.... which i really LOVE!
here is the list....flour - 3 1/3 cupsbaking powder - 1 heaping tspcaster sugar (or cuisineart your cane sugar to make it fine) - 1 cup4 orangesolive oil (tinted glass & organic) - 3/4 cuppine nuts - as many as you wantbrown sugar - 1/4 cupvanilla extract - 1 tsp&4 (brown & from the farmers hand) eggs...
i love to gather all the things i will need first (as though i am creating a little photo shoot for martha stewart living) and make it feel a little fancy with all the ingredients so i can see everything out...there is something calming to my hormonal symphony about this... gathering all the parts that will in time make a whole....also - the practical side is once they are all in one place i will not be running around in circles when it's time to mix, stir in gradually and so on.
2 round pans... olive oil massage & dust with flour... getting em' ready for the love & let em' wait for it on the side. oh and put the oven on 350.
separate the 4 eggs... put the whites in a big bowl and whisk away until they are foamy and fluff. if it's hot in your house - put them in the fridge and if not - leave them out as we will come back to them in a few minutes.
next..whip the yolks & the vanilla for the foamy touch.. then add the sugars... wait a bit... then add the olive oil bit by bit & mix well after each addition. it will be getting thicker by the minute and that is good.
now sift the flour & baking powder into the mix bit by bit....
i sift with this collander sifter... and hit it with a wooden spoonit's a bit tribal and does the job.
grate the zest of one orange andsqueeze about 4 oranges to make 1 cup of orange juice
then fold into the whites - which i usually will put the whites into
the mixer b/c the batter is so incredibly thick ... it works best for me this way.
then add the pinenuts & sprinkles and sparkles of all the colors you love..
put them in the oven for 35 minutes!
beauty in one cake..
and now you have 2...
(thank you to tessa kiros/apple for jam for this recipe)