Domestic Adventures of...

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31 January 2012

12.. Spicy Orange Sponge Cake

So I do need to apologize to everybody that I haven't been around on regular basis, and in fact I don't have any real excuse. But (there is always a "but") I need to point out that quest on being a perfect housewife and mother was not forgotten and it was cherished for every second of my time. The simple fact is that I fall flat on the bed and fell asleep. That I am super tired and that when it comes to free time my brain is just not working. I blame the weather. And the New Year. The pressure of New Years resolution and lack of a good and favorite week-to-week calendar where I can write my daily routine. But that is back and it has beautiful "2012" written in gold ink and Times New Roman font. So I'm back.
Anyways, anyhows.
Here is something special. Something new, experimental. According to those who tried it.

"Mmmmmmmmmmm"- Cookie Monster.

"Don't you want to take a piece to work? - asked Little Housewife - No, I'll wait until morning because I would have to share it with others" - Cookie Monster

"Did you like the cake?- asked Little Housewife - I did, didn't I tell you? I was probably too busy eating it. Sorry Hun." - Daddy Grandad.

What will you need?
For the cake

2 cups of flour
1.5 teaspoons of baking powder

1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 cup of sugar
3 eggs, slightly beaten
1 cup of silky yogurt (unsalted sour cream or buttermilk might work as well)
3/4 cup of oil

1 zested lemon
pinch of dried crushed chilies
vanilla extract

For the syrup
3/4 cup of water

1 cup of sugar
juice from 1 orange and its "remains"

dried crushed chilies

How will you make it?
Preheat the oven at 180C. Prepare the tin (I used the universal round one) by laying out the baking paper. Put all the dry ingredients to one bowl and wet ones in the other. Bring together and mix until nice and creamy. Pour into the tin and bake until the "clean toothpick" moment.  I had to adjust the temperature in the first 20 minutes to 150C because my oven act weird on me lately, so if you have any suspicions don't be shy to just check it.  

In a small pot bring all the ingredients for the syrup together and let it  bubble for a bit. It should get thicker when its cooled then puncture the cake and let it all in... I used a simple tea-strainer to help myself out and drain all the juicy bits. If you think your cake had enough just scoop around the remaining syrup. Don't over do it, otherwise you will end up with a mush instead of a firm moist cake.



  1. Glad to see you back blogging again! The holidays and family does have a way of taking over, but it is nice to be able to have some time to blog also.
    There has been a lot of citrus posts due to a citrus blog hop, but this blend of chili and orange is really a unique recipe. The cake looks to have some wonderful texture. Sure wish I had been there to try it-yum!

  2. I am so glad you are back. I missed your posts. This cake sounds delicious. Anytime you put chili in - it has to be good. I must try this cake soon. Take care :) Geri

  3. The colors and textures in your photos make it look so tempting.

  4. Welcome back my friend :D
    I must say you certainly gave a loud bang on arrival since this cake is simply divine!

    Choc Chip Uru

  5. Looks amazing! I love orange taste in cakes!

  6. This is the perfect cake to eat, why the citrus beats the winter blues.

  7. That cake looks amazing! I love the simplicity of the procedure, easy enough to not get a lot of stuff dirty! I hate doing dishes :(

  8. Looks yummy,thank for a get well wishes,i feel alot better now :)

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  10. The Little Housewife,

    My fellow food blogger and lover of delicious eats:

    Congrats! I nominated you for the Liebster Food Blog Award!! To accept, check out the post about it on my blog at :D

  11. Blogging is for most a outlet...and an avenue for us to share a great kitchen experience. Feeling guilty about not posting or doing the commenting rounds should not overtake anyone. But, that said...glad your;re back...especially since you created this lovely recipe yourself ;o) The ingredients seem to me...just citrusy cake perfect ;)

    Ciao for now,

  12. I already told you I love this recipe, the reason I'm writing again is to tell you I gave you a Liebster Blog Award! I was surprised to read your beautiful comment, as I had visited your blog a few hours before when writing my latest post (check it out for details)!

  13. I love fruity cakes that have syrups poured over after baking. They are so good. I make a lemon loaf like this. I can see that I need to broaden my horizons and try orange spice!

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