Orange blossom cake with mandarine glaze

11 Mar

Today was a beautiful sunny day.  A bit on the chilly side but the smell of spring is definitely in the air.  And with that smell of spring comes the irresistable urge to clean and organise my house.

In between all this cleaning and organising I made some mini Orange Blossom Water Cakes with Mandarine Glaze.  A friend brought me the Orange Blossom Water a while ago and I’ve been really looking forward to baking with it.  I’ve never used it but have seen many Middle Eastern and Mediterrenean recipes which call for it.  It has such a pungent perfumy smell that becomes so mild when baked in these cakes.

Orange Blossom Water Cakes with Mandarine Glaze

1 1/2 cups All purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
small pinch of salt
2 eggs
1 Tbsp grated orange zest
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 tsp orange blossom water
1/2 cup melted butter (unsalted)

1.  Sift flour, baking powder and salt together.

2. Beat eggs, lemon zest, brown sugar and white sugar until light and frothy.

3. Add flour mixture to egg mixture and mix until just combined.  Add buttermilk mixed with orange blossom water and melted butter.  Mix until combined.

4. Pour into buttered cake pan (or mini cake pans).  Bake in 350 degree oven (35-45 minutes for one large cake or 20-25 minutes for small cakes.

5. For glaze mix 1/4 orange juice with 1 cup powdered sugar.  You can also add a little splash of the orange blossom water and some grated mandarine peel.  Pour over cakes.

Enjoy!

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6 Responses to “Orange blossom cake with mandarine glaze”

  1. grammao March 11, 2012 at 11:46 #

    Ooooo – I left too early. Yummy and such a celebration of spring

  2. Jen March 12, 2012 at 02:04 #

    My new quest – find orange blossom water! these look delicious.

    • jc March 14, 2012 at 21:51 #

      I’m sure in the States you can even buy it in normal grocery stores. Not like here in Italy where you have to drive hours just to find something simple like soy sauce. And I have been known to drive LONG distances for certain food ingredients…

  3. Kat March 12, 2012 at 10:00 #

    orange blossom water, where or where can they be? sounds and “smells” good to me. very yummy looking cakes I wish I could have them teleport over here for breakfast

    • jc March 14, 2012 at 21:49 #

      Wish I could teleport you a few Kat…

  4. Nancy March 13, 2012 at 20:45 #

    Yum! This looks delicious 🙂

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