Sunday, July 20, 2008

Orange Yogurt Cake (Bizcocho de Naranja)

Know anyone with a summer birthday? I'm sure you do! In which case, try making them this fresh, fruit-flavored cake (based on a Spanish recipe)and it means everyone gets to have a slice, vegan and non-vegan alike.

First, bring 1 cup fresh-squeezed orange juice to a simmer over medium-high heat in a saucepan. Definitely use fresh orange juice for this (about 4 oranges), and not store-bought juice. Add 1/8 tsp. crushed saffron threads, then remove from heat and let stand ten minutes.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine 2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned into measuring cups and leveled with a knife), 1 and a half teaspoons baking powder and 1/4 tsp. salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, place one cup raw sugar and the equivalent of 2 eggs made from egg replacer (such as Ener-G). The original recipe called for one egg and one egg white, but simply using egg replacer for two eggs seems to have done the trick. Beat at medium speed with a mixer for a full five minutes (the mixture will become a little thick). Beat in 1/4 cup plain soy yogurt (such as Whole Soy). Then gradually add 6 tablespoons olive oil and the orange juice mixture, beating until combined.

Add the flour mixture in two separate batches, beating each time until just combined. Spoon the batter into a 9-inch cake pan coated with cooking spray and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Remove from oven and place on a wire rack; cool 5 minutes. Remove from pan and cool the cake on the wire rack until completely cooled.

Once cool, transfer to a platter. To make the cake glaze, combine 3 tablespoons sweet orange marmalade and one tablespoon grand marnier liqueur in a sauacepan - bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring constantly. Strain the mixture through a sieve directly on top of the cake, and spread to cover evenly. Discard the solids in the sieve.

Divide the cake into 12 edges (240 calories each). Top with berries for a pretty presentation!

oranges $3.99
plain soy yogurt $0.99
orange marmalade $4.99

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The Vegan Pantry

  • Vegan yogurt - Whole Soy
  • Vegan milk - Silk
  • Vegan Feta - Sunergia
  • Vegan Cheese - Galaxy Foods
  • Vegan Eggs - Ener-G
  • Vegan Butter - Earth Balance