Yesterday, having fallen under the spell of rain and dullness, it became clear to me that I needed to exorcise the grey that had surreptitiously laid cataracts over the sun’s eyes and so, lacking bell, book and candle, I heeded my voices and opted for sugar, eggs and flour. Cake would be the day’s salvation, yet this annunciation was not accompanied by a clear idea of the cake that would best serve to banish gloom. Dull cake would not do.
At this time of year our fruit bowl undergoes a seasonal change. The small tangerines of winter, so perfectly designed as an easily unpacked snack, disappear from the shops to be replaced by the weightier roundness of oranges, of which access to the fruit within is a more demanding operation. However, should the effort be made, the pleasures of the bitter sweet zest, dribbling juice and thick, brightly coloured roundels of sweet flesh are full of delicious possibilities. Add sugar, eggs and flour and the good magic of cake brings out the sun.
WOW! Now that’s a slice of sunshine, Roger.
Now all I need is the same thing out of my window:)
The sky has gone a very odd yellow colour. I’m glad I don’t have a dog named Toto, or I might be in for trouble.
…and don’t put on the sparkly red shoes:)
Amazing! On my list of things to make.
Excellent…you’ll enjoy it:)
the hardest part of the recipe seems to be when you have to wait for 15 minutes in the end before trying this ! I don´t know if I had that much discipline…!
I treated that step as a misprint:)
Now THAT looks a fine cake, and full of sunshine to compensate for the lack thereof in the skies.
I’m making the most of it:)
This looks so good! Reminds me of a great orange and almond cake from a Moroccan cookbook that I’ve misplaced…
I’ve got some books on Maroccan cooking ….I’ll check that out…nice thoughts:)
I’d opt for sugar, eggs and flour over bell, book, and candle any day. This does remind me of Eddie Izzard’s “Cake or Death” piece.
That’s brilliant, Nate. I am such a big fan of Eddie Izzard…he’s wonderful and I love this piece. Many thanks.
^ that reminds me of Lee Hazelwood’s final album – Cake or Death.
Stunning pictures 🙂
I don’t know of Lee Hazelwood, but he knew how to write a sound title:)
I like your new header photo, Roger.
I’ve been carrying clementines in my backpack for a little highbrow culture. Ha. This recipe looks divine.
Clementines seem to be finished here….more’s the pity. I need more than a bag of oranges to undertake your mission:)
Cake could never be my salvation, botheration!! The only food item past ‘main course’ for me happens to be cheese!!! That said . . . hmm . . . . nothing ‘wicked’ in yours, so shall I bake for the first time in about three decades 😀 ?!
No dull cake, please.
Dull cake shall not be served here:)
Delightful and baking does add color to an otherwise gray day. Since I love pineapple upside down cake, this looks like one with great appeal!
Pineapple sounds a good idea…I haven’t done that before.
You may have lacked bell, book and candle but there was certainly alchemy at work here, no invocation of Apollo necessary, although he might just show up for a slice of that cake.
And I thought the flapping outside was birds:)
Wow this is stunning. Gorgeous photos.
What a sunny cake! Amazing what some fruit, sugar, and flour (and craft) can do to brighten up a day.
Certainly worked for me:)
Oh, I can’t tell you how glad I am that I’ve just eaten. Otherwise I’d be going to the grocery store AGAIN and eating something I just shouldn’t. So much better for me to drool at the photos. 🙂
Not so much fun….as is the case with most things that are good for us:)
You chose the perfect cake to brighten a gray day. 🙂
It really worked:)
I have had this recipe pn my “to make” list for ages and now, after seeing your stunning photos. it’s gone to the top of the list!
I’ve always said how much I enjoy a citrus glazed cake but this here, Roger, is so far above anything to which I referred. Your photography here is certainly worth every bit of praise that it’s received. Beautiful.
Cheers, John…it’s a good recipe, except that I think the cooking time should be longer. In my case, I had to double it. It may be because I made it in a tarte tatin tin that has a heavy base, but it certainly needed that time.
I do believe our old favourite pineapple upside down cake has been usurped! Those photos won us over before we ever got to the recipe!
Glad to hear it:)