Two Creations

A friend of mine had asked for a Tanjore painting as soon as she moved in to Goa 2 years back.

I finally finished the painting yesterday..a few days before she leaves for her next posting in Mumbai!

and now I’m tired!

As someone said “Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.”

But nothing perks me up like baking so here’s something I made from the Deeba’s wonderful blog…

GΓ’teau Γ  l’Orange

4 oranges
Zest of 1 orange
100 g of softened butter
100 g sugar
150 g flour
3 eggs, separated
11/2 tsp baking powder
1 Tbsp rum
1 Tbsp orange essence (or Cointreau)
1 pinch of salt
Butter (to grease the pan)

Heat the oven to 170C.
Grease a 6″ cake pan, and line the bottom with parchment
In a bowl, beat the sugar and softened butter together.
Add the yolks one by one to the butter and sugar mixture, taking care to mix each one thoroughly before adding the next one and beat until you obtain a smooth batter.
Add the rum and the orange essence/Cointreau and mix again.
Mix the flour and baking powder together and add it to the batter by “raining it in”. Mix well.
Cut and juice the oranges. Pour half of the resulting juice in the batter, add the zest and mix.
Beat the whites until firm with the pinch of salt. Add them delicately to the batter.
Pour the batter into the pan and bake for an hour, checking the coloration from time to time. It will be dark orange when done.

Pour the other half of the juice into the cake while it’s still warm. Take care not to pour it too fast and not to let the cake cool too much before you do so.

Serves 8.

This Cake goes to the ongoing event Bake-off in Champas blog.

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  1. Thank you for baking from my little blog. I’m sorry I didn’t stop before, but I didn’t know! I’m glad we met over the Monthly Mingle!

  2. arm

     /  October 2, 2010

    All your tanjore paintings are really wonderfull. Neat muck work. I liked the lord ganesh and the latest krishna the best. i too have started one first venture. how have you done the red and golden sari for lakshmi ? what type of paint or ink did you use on the the foil to get the stripes?

  3. The tanjore painting is really nice. And so is the cake.

  4. Love the cake and the painting…you are really talented…awesome space..!!

  5. Food and art go hand in hand-and it is all about creativity.I love the look of your cake and your painting takes the cake.

  6. My goodness, I can’t get my head around those tanjore paintings, are you painting the picture and then doing the metalwork as well on top of it? Goodness, thats pretty amazing!
    I love Deebas blog and her cakes, that cake looks like a delight, airy, soft and citrusy!

  7. You are truly creative! Excellent painting and a delicious cake!

  8. The painting is amazing. Looks really divine. πŸ™‚

    I am loving the cake as well. What a contrast in traditions. he he. Yummy… πŸ™‚

  9. Waw,..your painting is stunning, S!!!

    Really beautiful & lovely!! I so love your colours!!!!

    That cake sings to me!!


  10. Wow, your painting is beautiful – you’re so talented! And what a lovely orange cake too, it sounds so light and delicious!

  11. Rajee

     /  March 25, 2010

    Very pretty work of art, both your painting and the cake !! You have a lovely blog here.

  12. That Thanjavur painting is GORGEOUS! I love the proportions of Krishna’s face – so symmetrical and beautifully done!

    And the cake looks fab, too… such a neat slice! I love orange cakes! πŸ™‚

  13. You are really talented..Beautiful painting!!! And the cake looks really yummy!!

    We would like to pass on the Sunshine award to you πŸ™‚ Please stop by our space to accept it.

  14. Very beautiful painting…
    Cake looks yummm

  15. Oh Gal!!! that painting looks awesome!!!
    So does the soft and spongy..

  16. your gatteau Γ  l’orange is a must !! Cheers from P

  17. Your such a talented rockstar πŸ™‚ tht painting is like the ones you find framed in these emporium:)

  18. Absolutely gorgeous work S!!!u r amazingly talented.

  19. wow such a beautiful painting,

    cake looks so soft and fluffy

  20. hey thats a beautiful paintinggg….lovely..

    the cake and the painting look so perfect..

  21. hi S! You painted this yourself?? This is beautiful! And the cake looks yummy and moist. My husband like citrus kind of cakes so I am sure he would like this one! Thanks for sharing!

  22. You are so amazingly talented! What a beautiful painting. I wish I could draw anything other than sad little stick figures!! Just gorgeous!

  23. Excellent creations dear!!
    Thanks for your comment in my bittergourd curry.To reduce the bitterness,marinate the bittergourd pieces with salt and keep for half an hour.dain the water coming out and wash the peices again.I use tamarind paste too to reduce the bitterness.

  24. Oh my god, this cake definitely looks sinful and incredibly moist…on my list of must-do bakes.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment…I have stumbled upon your blog a couple of times, and must say, you are a very creative person

  25. Wooooow,,,,paintings looks great and perfect,,sheeba,,doing tanjore paintings is god’s gift.You are lucky!!! yaar. you are doing great job,,,i don’t hv words to praise your tanjore paintings,,its such a wonderful work.Keep up dear…. thanks for sharing delicious cake,,take care n keep smiling dear always like this,,,

  26. WOAH!! You painted that?! Wow! You’re so talented. It looks AMAZING!! It looks even better than that yummy cake you made, and that says a lot! I want that cake haha. It looks so moist and fluffy. I love the addition of orange. Wow, you’re so awesome!

  27. s

     /  March 19, 2010

    @gulmohar, cynthia pooh..thanks oh so very much!

  28. The painting is beautiful!!! I dont have words to describe it.
    Orange cake is awesome, spongy and moist!

  29. You are a talent !!! great work !!
    Gateau looks wonderful too πŸ™‚

  30. Thanks for the entry. It will be in tomorrow’s roundup.

  31. You are so talented. Beautiful. You know you could send your cake entry to my weekly ‘Bake-off’ if you wish.

  32. You are an awesome artist and a baker too!

  33. Cham

     /  March 18, 2010

    Gosh U re talented gal πŸ™‚ Love the eyes of Krishna, u ve achieved his smile and mine too πŸ™‚
    The gateau is a nice flavor one πŸ™‚

  34. Lovely creations! The Krishna is really breathtaking and the features are so beautiful.. and the cake looks yummy!

  35. That is a nice painting.You are a good artist and a cook. VEry creative.

  36. The Tanjore looks really beautiful… Lovely Creation!!! I love Cakes with citrus flavours:)

  37. Pic looks beautiful !! Love the spongy texture of the Cake Sheba.

  38. u r very talented…will love it if you wud visit our blog

  39. thats a breathtaking creation S. you are genius and now I envy your lucky friend to have you and your lovely creation.
    cake looks perfect and I love the citrusy smell in cakes.

  40. I love Tanjore paintings feat Lord Krishna..The painting is truly picture perfect.Your friend is lucky!!

    Deeba has some amazing goodies up her sleeve and you never get tired of baking..:).The slice looks decadent!!

  41. Awesome painting!! cake looks super delicious!!

  42. Wow Sheba! What an authentic painting! Beautiful!

    That cake too looking yummy! πŸ˜‰

  43. Very beautiful creations S! indeed!!! loved the painting of Lord Shri Krishna. you’re very talented person! Hats off you gal. πŸ™‚


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