A Citrus Cake and Thank You’s

image I really only bake a cake every few years and I baked this one to prevent myself from going to jail for a serious crime. I like baking but food is more my thing, I am not exact when cooking and the exactness of baking is what gets to me. I moved office this past week, just from one end of a building to the other end of the same building and it was an epic mess. Everything was planned to a T and then derailed. The painters were late, which held up a whole string of events, like actually moving over, which moving eventually had to proceed even with the wet paint on the walls and the paint fumes in the air. The telephone lines were switched over to the new bigger space, so that the IT people could co-ordinate with the cabling people to get the WiFipeople and computer server people to do what they needed to do to get my office up and running and it worked. Only for a split second. Between moving Day 1 and @&$)@&$&: moving Day 2, the telephone lines just died. There we were, half in and half out and no connectivity and now indication from the service provider when and where a technician will grace us with his presence to fix the lot. We unpacked whatever we could, I sent the staff home and literally sat and watched the paint dry, hung on walls what needed to be up there unpacked again, reshuffled and can still not work at the office-NO CONNECTIVITY.

Proof that I baked it myself

Proof that I baked it myself

That is when I started baking. To fix my muddled brain with a bit of exactness and to prevent me from killing someone, a painter, a cabling man, an IT person or  whoever was unlucky enough to be close by. Between aforesaid moving Day 1 and  @&$$)$)()5;()&  moving Day 2 (and pardon for repeating myself, but moving Day 2 should never have been a moving day if it was not for the for THE PAINter people !) , I could of course not sleep and fantasized about the Italian Orange Cake posted by Chef Mimi. So that is what I baked this weekend as a thank you to my husband, my sister and brother-in-law who helped me through this epic mess.I deviated slightly from the original recipe by using buttermilk instead of milk and made a frosting with cream cheese.

Italian Orange Cake

Italian Orange Cake

For cake ingredients and method, see Italian Orange Cake posted by Chef Mimi (and thank you for keeping me out of jail) and the cream cheese frosting I made as follows:

Mix together until smooth:

1/2 cup unsalted butter

1 cup icing sugar(confectioners’ sugar)

1 cup cream cheese

1 t vanilla extract( I replaced it with a teaspoon of orange blossom extract)

I want my cake and eat it

I want my cake and eat it

Thank you also to fellow bloggers bakering , mrschoux  and polianthus for the nominations, this cake is also for you! I am better at asking questions than answering them so I will rather present this cake to you as a token of appreciation.

Random Photo:

Another kitch but stunning Cape Town sunset to keep me sane for a little longer.


42 thoughts on “A Citrus Cake and Thank You’s

  1. Your courage paid off. Beautiful and delicious looking cake. Way to go! 🙂 And the random photo of a sunset… great God, it’s breathtaking! I would probably have stayed there for hours just to gaze at it. Thanks for sharing. 🙂


  2. How could you make such beautiful cake under these circumstances? Looks delicious, would like to try a piece at this precise moment… 😉 Take care, and stay out of jail for the coming days as well. grrrrrrrr :I


    • Well I had to level the cake as I wanted a flat top so the round pieces I cut away just sort of disappeared into mu mouth. And then the cream cheese icing job had a lot of benefits. By the time I was finished I had a substantial helping to make me feel better! Try it, the cake is really good.


  3. A stunning creation – you know we are thinking of moving offices – the whole thing to a new town. Given the chaos that reigns on any normal working day in my place I dread to think what is going to happen if we do actually move!


  4. Heh, heh…Sorry to chuckle but I had to when I read this. It sounds like your no connectivity went even worse than mine. Now I feel a little foolish going on and on about my modem/WiFi not working for a few hours.

    This cake is so beautiful. I’m not a baker either for the same reasons that you outlined but when I find myself needing to make a birthday cake, I know where to look.

    Now, I am going to drink my first cup of coffee for the day, close my eyes and muster up the image of your sunset.


    • Oh the IT woes…always a love- hate relationhip! Thank you, I am thinking I should take up the baking thing to make me find my centre I tell you. Enjoy your first coffee, which incidentally is the best part of my day.


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