Blood orange & thyme cake with blood orange curd | lilcupcakemonkey.com

Blood Orange & Thyme Cake

Blood orange and thyme cake with blood orange curd | lilcupcakemonkey.com

Blood orange & thyme cake: 

You guys!!! its already February :O its crazy the speed this year is flying away already! i have been quite lazy and haven’t been working on posting a new post πŸ˜€ so here it is blood orange & thyme cake. The markets are full of varieties of citrus, i swear i have never seen so many kinds and i was very happy to find these blood oranges too. Those of you who used to watch Dexter know how the blood orange is always there in the title track and I was just happy to finally get my paws on them πŸ˜€ just like the key limes πŸ˜‰ 

Cake:

The blood orange juice gives the cake a pretty pastel pinkish tone, and this little cake is quite perfect for valentines day dessert. You can make the filling upto a week in advance and the curd lasts in the refrigerator for upto 10 days in an airtight container. 

The recipe for the Blood orange & thyme cake: 

The cake is 3 layers of blood orange cake filled with blood orange curd and frosted with blood orange and thyme buttercream frosting. The subtle hint of thyme in the frosting gives the cake a fresh feel. 

 

Blood orange and thyme cake with blood orange curd | lilcupcakemonkey.com

 

Blood Orange & Thyme Cake

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 6
Author Aroshaliny godfrey

Ingredients

Blood Orange curd

  • Egg yolks -4
  • Blood orange juice - 125ml or 1/2 cup
  • Butter - 75 gm or 3 ounces
  • Sugar - 70gm or 1/3 cup
  • Blood orange zest - 2 teaspoons

Blood orange and thyme syrup

  • Blood orange juice - 125ml or 1/2 cup
  • Thyme - 2-3 springs
  • Sugar - 50gm or 1/4 cup
  • Water - 60ml or 1/4 cup

Blood Orange Cake (3 layers of 6 inch cake)

  • All purpose flour - 180 gm or 11/2 cup
  • Eggs - 3 large
  • Butter - 150gm or 11/2 sticks or 6 ounces
  • Sugar - 150gm or 3/4 cup
  • Blood orange zest - 1 teaspoon
  • Baking powder - 1 1/2 teaspoon
  • Milk - 80ml

Blood orange & thyme buttercream frosting

  • Butter - 150gm
  • Blood Orange &thyme syrup - 3 tablespoons
  • Icing sugar - 300-350gm depending on the consistency
  • Fresh Thyme sprigs and blood orange slices for garnishing optional

Instructions

Method

Blood orange curd

  1. In a small bowl on a pan of simmering water, add all the ingredients.
  2. Whisk the ingredients consistently until all the ingredients are dissolved and incorporated.
  3. Keep whisking until the curd thickens.
  4. Take it off the heat once coats the curd thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon.
  5. Strain the curd and store it in a clean bottle and chill it in the refrigerator until needed.

Blood Orange & Thyme syrup

  1. In a small pan, add all the ingredients.
  2. Cook for 10-15 minutes, until the sugar is dissolved and the syrup starts to thicken.
  3. Chill the syrup in the refrigerator until needed.

Blood Orange Cake (3 layers of 6 inch cake)

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius, grease and line the cake tins with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, add and cream butter and sugar using a hand mixer or with a paddle attachment of a stand mix.
  3. Add and beat one egg at a time.
  4. Add the milk and orange zest.
  5. Sift the flour and baking powder and mix until completely incorporated. Divide and pour the batter into 3 tins.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes, check with a wooden skewer to see if completely baked.
  7. Once baked, let it cool on a cooling rack.

Blood orange & thyme buttercream frosting

  1. In a large bowl, add the butter. Using a hand held mixer or a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter until its light, pale and fluffy.
  2. Sift the icing sugar in batches to whisk.
  3. Add one batch of icing sugar and beat on low- medium speed for a minute.
  4. Add the blood orange syrup into the bowl and add another batch of icing sugar. Beat on low- medium speed for a couple of minutes.
  5. Add the last batch of icing sugar and beat again.
  6. Add the frosting in a piping bag, this makes it quite easier to frost.

Assembly

  1. Place a dollop of icing on the cake board, add a layer of cake on the cake board.
  2. Pipe around the edges of the cake to form a dam around.
  3. Fill the middle of the cake with blood orange curd that was chilled.
  4. Place the middle layer on the filling.
  5. Repeat the same with piping it around the edges and filling with blood orange curd.
  6. Place the top layer and give a crumb coat around using a cake scraper or a offset spatula.
  7. Once
  8. Chill in the fridge for about 15-30 minutes and give a thin layer of frosting around the cake. You can add a thicker layer of frosting if you wish.
  9. Garnish with fresh thyme around and on top!
  10. Enjoy
Blood orange and thyme cake with blood orange curd | lilcupcakemonkey.com

 

Blood orange and thyme cake with blood orange curd | lilcupcakemonkey.com

 

Happy Baking

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