Sunshine Citrus Cake

Citrus-Cake-Frosting Hi KokiDoo Friends,

it’s time for another delicious recipe. For this cake I got inspiration from the weather and from my husband mood, while the great Sweetapolita enlighted me for the frosting. So, keep calm and let’s start from the beginning.

Here in Sweden is still damn cold. The temperature is not going under zero mostly anymore but we are facing the tail of the winter, which means we went through an apparently never ending cloudy day season. Sun really never showed up since November as far as I recall. So, a bit depressing indeed. I am Swedish and I got used to the weather but my husband is pretty moody. He is italian, You know: sole, mare, la dolce vita :) and these long grey winters mean vitamin D pills, vitamins pills in general and a raising of his hopes that spring will kick in soon.

Here in Sweden, the luckier guys go to some warm place in this part of the year like Canary Island, Azores, some Greek island. Ah, sole, mare, la dolce vita.

Citrus-Cake-OrangeSo, I thought to raise up a bit his mood letting him having a sweet taste of summer with my vitamin C rich, sweet, “Sunshine Citrus Cake”. This delicious recipe contains lemons, red oranges and clementines. My mind is already dreaming about these warm lands full of big, juicy orange and lemon trees waiting to be picked up under an hot sun. Soon!

I decided to use citrus fruits for my curds cause they have very nice shining and warm colors, they are tasty and associatevery well with summer. If You love my lemon curd, You can find it also in this recipe. In addition, I tried to make a red orange lemon curd. I didn’t find very red oranges in my city but that is the best I could do. The result was anyway a remarkably delicious curd. I am sure that the reddish they are, the more colorful Your cake will be. Finally, the cake texture is very pleasantly soft and moist and it is perfect with the lemon and orange curd in between.

Citrus-CakeFor the frosting, as I mentioned, I got inspiration from Rosie‘s blog (www.sweetapolita.com) and in particular from her Triple Lemon Blueberry Layer Cake. She is really famous and a great baker. I recommend You to visit her blog! There are huge amount of super delicious recipes and mouth-watering photos.

Coming back to our frosting, I thought to completely cover my cake with a fresh lemon frosting. To complete the all thing, I just put a crown of clementine slices on top.

Sunshine Citrus Cake is very easy to cut as I showed You in the below photo and I have to say that it taste as good as it looks. When I ate it, I could definitely feel the citrus fruits that are present in every part of the cake.

Citrus-Cake-SummerIt is still very grey outside but this colored, tasty, fruity Sunshine Citrus Cake made me happy and cheered up Matteo.

It’s now time to present the full recipe to this delicious, good-looking cake:

Sunshine Citrus Cake
Have a taste of summer: enjoy this fruity, creamy, moist Citrus Cake! KokiDoo
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Ingredients
For the cake
  1. 4 eggs
  2. 2,5 dl sugar
  3. 2 tsp baking powder
  4. 1,25 dl flour
  5. 1,25 dl potato starch
  6. Zest from 1 orange
For the lemon curd
  1. 3 lemons (zest and juice)
  2. 1,5 dl sugar
  3. 50 g butter
  4. 2 eggs
  5. 2 egg yolks
  6. 1 tbsp corn starch
For the red orange curd
  1. 2 red oranges (zest and juice)
  2. 1 dl sugar
  3. 50 g butter
  4. 2 eggs
  5. 2 egg yolks
  6. 1 tbsp corn starch
For the lemon frosting
  1. 150 g butter (at room temperature)
  2. zest from one lemon
  3. 7,5 dl powdered sugar
  4. 1 tsbp lemon juice
  5. 2 tbsp cream
  6. 2 tbsp lemon curd
For the decoration
  1. 1-2 clementines
Procedure
For the cake
  1. Butter and bread two 15 cm cake pans.
  2. Preheat the oven to 150 degrees.
  3. Whip egg and sugar until very light and fluffy.
  4. Mix flour, potato starch and baking powder in a bowl, add it to the eggs and sugar and mix with a spatula until well blended.
  5. Add the orange zest and mix again until well blended.
  6. Divide the batter in the two cake pans and bake for 20-25 minutes until a cake tester comes out dry.
For the lemon curd
  1. Put zest from three lemons and juice from two lemons together with sugar and butter in a saucepan and heat until it starts to boil.
  2. Remove the pan from the heat.
  3. Mix the lemon juice from the third lemon with the corn starch until well blended.
  4. Whip the eggs and the egg yolks lightly in a bowl.
  5. Pour the corn starch into the saucepan while stirring.
  6. Pour the eggs into the saucepan while stirring.
  7. Heat again while stirring until the curd thickens.
  8. Finally pour the curd in a glass container and let it cool down.
For the red orange curd
  1. Put zest from two oranges and juice from one orange together with sugar and butter in a saucepan and heat until it starts to boil.
  2. Remove the pan from the heat.
  3. Mix the orange juice from the second orange with the corn starch until well blended.
  4. Whip the eggs and the egg yolks lightly in a bowl.
  5. Pour the corn starch into the saucepan while stirring.
  6. Pour the eggs into the saucepan while stirring.
  7. Heat again while stirring until the curd thickens.
  8. Finally pour the curd in a glass container and let it cool down.
For the lemon frosting
  1. Cream the butter with the lemon zest.
  2. Add powdered sugar slowly, while mixing.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix again until very fluffy.
Assembly and Decoration
  1. Divide and level the two cakes into four cake layers.
  2. Put the first cake layer on a cake plate.
  3. Cover it with lemon curd.
  4. Put the second cake layer and cover it with red orange curd.
  5. Put the third cake layer and cover it with lemon curd.
  6. Finally put the fourth cake layer.
  7. Frost it with the lemon frosting and decorate with the clementines.
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Chocolate Cream and Peanut Butter Heart Tart

 valentine-cake-chocolate Welcome back Dear KokiDoo Friends,

it’s time for Valentine! Have You got some wonderful or particular idea to celebrate Valentine day?
I know, one should not need Valentine to be romantic but it’s still a nice opportunity to show Your partner that You care and I am sure she or he will appreciate it very much.
Matteo buys chocolates or flowers every now and then so, for Valentine, he has to come up with some nice particular idea in order to be original and not boring. I would appreciate the flowers and chocolate as well but let him think a bit about it and let’s see what he will come up with.

I was looking as well around to see if I could find some nice idea for gifts and baking.

As regard baking I was thinking about: “Chocolate Cream and Peanut Butter Heart Tart”. This tart has a crispy peanut butter-chocolate bottom, filled with creamy delicious and fluffy chocolate cream.
You will find the recipe scrolling down the page. As You will notice, I tried to format it in a better way and give You the possibility to print the recipe with an image. In this way, You can eventually store it in Your recipe folder and use it easily whenever You need it.

Talking about gift and being romantic, in my opinion You do not need to spend much money.
You could go the classic way: buy some candles and distribute them on the floor between the entrance and the dining table. Eventually, one could light up the entire apartment with candles: it would provide a great atmosphere. Lay few petals of roses on the floor, between the candles. Set the table with a nice tablecloth and Your best dining set.

Now it is the moment to cook and prepare a nice, eventually aphrodisiac, dinner. If You are short of ideas, visit some foodporn website, like www.foodgawker.com or www.Tastespotting.com . They will provide You with a photo of the dish and the link for the recipe. There are tons of great recipes in those sites. Even KokiDoo is there with our best recipes.
A good wine and her/his favourite songs or singer will make the rest.

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Eventually, if You have a bath tube that it is big enough for 2 persons, You could prepare a warm bath with foam, candle light on the border of the tube, a bucket with ice and a nice champagne. There are very cheap bucket, You do not need to spend a fortune. The thing that cost here is the bathtube J.
The last touch would be to put few petals on the bed and soft light…maybe candles as well. In alternative to rose petals, there are also heart-shaped baloons.
Do not rush now! First, get a small bottle of oil for massages and give a relaxing treat to Your partner. You know what? You could also get some nice inexpensive room perfumes for the bedroom or incense. Also the nose needs to be satisfied.
I think this is how I would imagine a classic, romantic Valentine evening.

I believe that putting an effort to shape a great, romantic Valentine evening add value to Your gift. However, if You don’t like to prepare everything or You simply do not have enough time, consider to bring her or him to some spa to relax with a good jacuzzi, swimming pools, sauna, hammam and so on. One could choose to spend just one afternoon or stay overnight. The first solution is not so expensive, while the second may be a little costy. Usually, in those places You can also dine. In alternative, there are often offers for those kind of things on sites like GroupOn or LetsDeal.

If You would like to put the evening in a more erotic way, have a look to aphrodisiac recipes, funny erotic aprons, erotic massages or sexy lingerie.
Usually, aphrodisiac food boosts the blood circulation or the production of hormones. Chilli, avocado, asparagus, chocolate, oysters, pomegranate, salmon and vanilla are just some examples of aphrodisiac food. (Hey, we have a dessert recipe with pomegranate here or ice cream with vanilla here)

chocolate-tart

Do You have some money left? Well, then a weekend in some nice place would be excellent: Prague, Paris, Copenhagen, Florence, Venice are just some very nice ideas to consider. Once more, maybe GroupOn or LetsDeal will have a solution that fits for You.

If You are still not satisfied, if You are looking more for a gift, or You simply would like to have much more solutions, try to visit website like www.gifts.com/ideas/valentines-day
They have many gift ideas and You can choose the price range. The graphic is really nice, simple and there are many photos.

valentine-roses-chocolate

I hope I have given You some nice ideas on how to spend a great Valentine evening. No matter what You will do, just try to let Your partner feel special! KokiDoo wishes all of You a splendid, lovely, romantic Valentine!

Now, let’s have a look to the recipe

Chocolate Cream and Peanut Butter Heart Tart

Chocolate Cream and Peanut Butter Heart Tart

Ingredients

    Outer Layer
  • 1,5 dl flour
  • 75 g butter
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 dl powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • Filling Chocolate Cream
  • 100 g dark chocolate
  • 3/4 dl sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla sugar
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 3 1/2 dl milk
  • 20 g butter
  • 1 dl peanut butter
  • Serve With
  • 3 dl cream
  • 50 g dark Chocolate

Procedure

    Outer Layer
  • Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl.
  • Add butter and quickly work with your hands to combine.
  • Add the egg yolk and work quickly again with your hands just until the dough comes together.
  • Wrap in plastic foil and let it rest in the fridge for at least one hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 150 degrees. Roll out dough and line your pans.
  • Chill in the freezer for about 15 minutes
  • Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes. Let the crust cool completely.
  • FillingChocolate Cream
  • Chop the chocolate and put it in a bowl.
  • Mix sugar, vanilla sugar, cornstarch and salt in a saucepan.
  • Whisk yolks and milk lightly in another bowl and the pour it into the saucepan.
  • Heat and you continously stir until the mixture thickens.
  • Pour the mixture over the chopped chocolate and stir until all the chocolate has melted.
  • Add the butter and stir until smooth.
  • Cover with plastic foil and let it cool completely at room temperature.
  • Assembly
  • Spread peanutbutter over the tart outer layer.
  • Pour the chocolate cream over it.
  • Let it cool in the fridge for at least five hours, prefferably overnight.
  • Serve with whipped cream and grated chocolate.

Enjoy!

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