sometimes when i’m in the mood to bake something but don’t want to go to the store to buy ingredients, i will just take a look into the cabinets and fridge to see what i have. usually i don’t have much of anything, but this time around i found some oranges and some almond extract. that’s a plus especially since i just recently moved into my own apartment and everything is still a very hot mess. it’s not easy to unpack everything when you don’t have everything. especially furniture. you need lots of shelves when your apartment is so small that there’s no closet for your clothes and extras. major shopping trips are definitely in my future.
it’s also fun though to just come up with something out of what you already have. you never know what kind of fun creative combinations you could come up with. the opportunities are endless! give it a try sometime and see what you can come up with.
one thing i will always have in my fridge is almond milk. i never drink regular milk, i find it foul and disgusting. if i’m baking i will use regular milk when i need to, but usually it’s buttermilk and the occasional almond milk. this time around it’s almond milk, perfect for the orange almond flavor of the cake.
this cake is super light and perfect for this time of the year. the cake is light with orange flavor and the almond buttercream is ermine buttercream, or flour buttercream, which adds to the light and fluffiness of this cake. it’s a really great combination and i’m absolutely in love with it.
now the ermine buttercream can be tricky and temperamental. you have to make it exactly as said, or else it just won’t turn out and will turn into a curdled mess. i know because i’ve done it before. wasn’t pretty. so just make sure to follow the directions exactly.
orange almond cake
makes one 3-layer, 6-inch cake
1 1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking soda and baking powder
juice and zest of 1 large naval orange
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup almond milk (i used the organic 40 calorie almond milk from Silk)
1/2 cup buttermilk
preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line three 6-inch cake pans with parchment paper. in a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, and baking powder and whisk together. in another bowl combine the orange juice and zest, eggs, vegetable oil, vanilla extract, almond milk and whisk until incorporated. pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and mix until fully combined. separate the batter evenly among the cake pans. bake for 28-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. let the cakes cool for 10 minutes and then carefully remove from the pans to continue cooling. wrap in cling wrap until ready to use.
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
2 cups almond milk (or regular milk)
1 1/2 tsp almond extract
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
4 sticks unsalted butter
2 cups granulated sugar
in a saucepan combine the flour and milk and place over medium-low heat. whisk the mixture constantly until it starts to thicken, about 8-15 minutes. (this depends on if you have a gas or electric stove top.) once thick remove from the heat. put the mixture into a bowl and mix in the almond and vanilla extract. place cling wrap directly over the mixture so a skin doesn’t form. let cool until room temp. once at room temp, place the butter and sugar into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. whip until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. before adding the flour mixture, make sure there aren’t any clumps. if there are i suggest putting the mixture through a fine mesh sieve. add the flour mixture a spoonful at a time into the butter mixture. once the flour mixture is all added, whip on high for about a minute. the buttercream will resemble whipped cream.