While it's been around for years and touted as a diet food, yogurt is the "thing" to eat nowadays! Yogurt has long been thought of as a diet food and many people still use it to help keep their appetite under control today. In recent years, however, Greek yogurt has caused sales in the yogurt category to skyrocket. And it's no wonder.....Greek yogurt's thick, creamy texture, which is available in many flavors now, satisfies the appetite in a way that's good tasting.
Yogurt is sometimes used as a surprise ingredient in baking and the recipe I'm sharing with you uses it that way. This recipe is quite impressive, not to mention so very good! "Orange Yogurt Cake" contains plain yogurt and is a cake that's much like a pound cake, but is flavored with orange. In making this cake, you'll see something rather interesting in the recipe, and that it calls for confectioner's sugar. This creates a cake that has a tighter texture than one made with regular granulated sugar. The cake is assembled like most cakes are, through creaming butter and sugar, adding egg yolks and alternating the dry ingredients with plain yogurt. The egg whites are beaten and folded into the batter. It's baked in a tube pan and when it's done and has cooled, the cake is sliced into two horizontal layers. A serrated-edged knife works great for this chore. The, you fill and frost it with the cocoa cream filling, finishing it with the sugared oranges. It's beautiful and great eating, all at once!
When making the cocoa cream icing and filling, make certain that your beaters and beating bowl, as well as the cream, are well-chilled. Also, whip the cream only until stiff, as overbeating turns cream into butter, which you don't want to do. You'll also be adding cocoa and more confectioner's sugar to it to aid in thickening it, so make sure to not overbeat it.
The sugared oranges are easy to do. You make a syrup out of granulated sugar and water, then simmer fresh orange slices in the syrup for a few minutes to glaze them. The slices are drained and sprinkled with additional granulated sugar. This gives the cake a special finishing touch!
Though we eat diet to stay healthy, let's splurge a little and enjoy some in this cake......we'll diet another time!
ORANGE YOGURT CAKE
- 2-1/2 cups cake flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- a dash of salt
- 2 sticks butter, softened
- 3 cups 10x confectioner's sugar
- 4 large egg yolks
- 2 teaspoons orange extract
- 1 tablespoon grated orange rind
- 1 cup plain yogurt
- 4 large egg whites
Grease and flour a 10-inch tube pan and set aside. Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt. Cream the butter with 2-1/2 cups of the confectioner's sugar, egg yolks, orange extract and orange rind. Mix on low speed until blended. Add the flour mixture alternately with yogurt, mixing until blended. Beat the egg whites until stiff. Add the remaining 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar very gradually and beat until stiff and shiny. Fold into batter and turn into prepared pan. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 45 minutes or until a cake tester inserted comes out clean (I've found that it doesn't take this long in my oven.) Cool in the pan on a cooling rack for 10 minutes. Loosen edges, if necessary and turn out of pan to cool completely. Slice cake in half horizontally. Fill and frost with Cocoa Cream and top with Sugared Oranges.
- 1-1/2 cups cold heavy whipping cream
- 6 tablespoons unsweetened baking cocoa
- 1 cup confectioner's sugar
In a cold bowl with cold beaters, whip the cream until it begins to stiffen. Add the cocoa and confectioner's sugar and beat until stiff.
- 1 cup water
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 2 small eating oranges
Combine water and sugar in a frying pan or skillet. Simmer for 2 minutes. Meanwhile, section the oranges, removing any seeds. Add to simmering syrup and poach for 3-5 minutes until glazed. Drain on a cooling rack and sprinkle with granulated sugar.