February 02, 2014

Orange and lemon birthday cake for 4th birthday

Orange and lemon cake

This year the cold has been relentless and so when it was time to bake a birthday cake for Lil A's 4th birthday, I had citrus on my mind. Not just little but a blast of citrus that will remind us of sunny days and warm summer.

There has been a lot of baking. First, Lil A took cupcakes to school for his friends. I baked about 40 cupcakes after the little ones had gone to bed, but I don't have any pictures. Their school does not allow any toppings, so it was plain vanilla cupcakes and I sent sprinkles on the side for anyone who wanted it. Lil A tells me that everyone used it.

After the cupcakes, I made a cake for family dinner. I adapted the recipe by using whole wheat flour, reducing an egg and some butter. The end result was delicious.

Lil A wanted red frosting. I put some food color in the whipped cream, but it came out pink. Thankfully, Lil A was distracted enough with his cousins and gifts that he didn't mind the pink cake!

(adapted from technicolor kitchen recipe)
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tspoon baking powder
1/2 tspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
grated zest from 1 lemon
grated zest from 1 orange
juice of 1 lemon
juice of 1 orange
1/2 cup milk (preferably whole)
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
11/2 cups sugar
4 large eggs, at room temperature

Whipped cream:
3 cups heavy whipping cream
1 cup sugar
6-8 red food color

Chocolate jungle:
3 tbspoon chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350 deg F, butter and flour 2 medium cake pans and set it aside.

Sift together whole-wheat flour, all purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Then add the orange and lemon zests and mix it well. Set aside.
Orange and lemon cake

Now combine the butter and sugar and mix for 2 to 3 minutes till the color changes and it starts to appear fluffy.
Orange and lemon cake
Add the eggs to the mixture, one at a time. Make sure that you scrape the sides after each egg.

Now add the orange juice and the lemon juice together. Add it gently to the milk.

Now start adding the dry ingredients alternating it with the milk/juice mixture. Do it in three additions.

Pour the batter into the prepared pans and bake for 40-45 minutes till the toothpick comes out clean.

Once done, remove the cake from the oven and set on a wire rack to cool completely.

Now make the whipping cream by whipping all the ingredients together till the soft peaks form.

Melt the chocolate in a double boiler (over hot water). Once melted, add it in a sandwich bag and lace it on a parchment paper. Take it out, once dry.

Orange and lemon cake
Add one of the cake, add whipping cream and then add the other cake on top. Cover the cake completely with whipping cream and smooth out the edges.

Orange and lemon cake
Take the chocolate jungle and add it around the cake gently. Add the number with sprinkles. Keep it in the fridge till it's ready to be served.

Here are the previous birthday cakes:
1. Year 1: Chocolate and banana birthday cake
2. Year 2: Strawberry birthday cake
3. Year 3: Vanilla cupcakes


  1. Happy Birthday to little A- and what a lovely cake this is! Love that lacy chocolate jungle.

    1. Thanks Nupur! I was a little nervous about the chocolate jungle but it turned out great.

  2. wow delicious and looks so cute
    love the frosting

  3. Happybirthday to you lil son. The cake looks so good and beautiful and I am sure he was also happyto take the cup cake to school.

    1. He was Finla, he is at that age when he appreciates all this :)

  4. Happy B'day to Little A once more and love how you make different kind of b'day cakes each year.

    1. Thanks Sandeepa. When he was little I could make what I want, but now he has specific requests :)

  5. Happy Birthday to Little A.. The cake looks awesome!! :)

  6. Well I guess Lil A had enjoyed his birthday cake as much as we loved seeing it ..wish we can taste some ...belated wishes and may god bless him..he is four, can't believe eyi tumi kichu din agey or hobaar news diye chile mone hoye ..or may be I am stuck in a time machine yet :-))...anyways cold it is here even and raining..double bonus point LOL...cake decorations ta besh bhalo hoyeche, chocolate jungle ta besh bhalo lagche - take care ...hugs and smiles

  7. Such a superb and different cake recipe. Will defenitly try this


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