Orange Clove Chuck’s Cake

Orange Clove Chuck’s Cake. I changed the word “Cupcake” into “Chuck’s cake” because the color reminds me of Chuck Norris blonde mustache and the blue buttercream for his blue eyes.

I present this recipe to join The Movember Manly Cupcake 2011which held by C&C Cakery in America. I join this contest to honor my grandfather whom had his 2nd prostate surgery last year.

Clove is mainly identical with men. In Indonesia, we also use clove to make cigarette. This is why I choose this recipe to join this contest. Clove in the cupcake will give a strong after-taste (it does, really).

MoS of the Movies that will perfectly suitable for this recipe is Chuck Norris. I choose him because the orange color from the orange peel represent his blonde hair and especially his bold mustache. The blue color on the buttercream represent his bright blue eyes.

“This is a slightly citric, lightly aromatic, and hedonistic spice cake. It’s comforting and eloquent with it’s bold, in-your-face flavors. Orange cake has been laced with hints of freshly ground cloves to give it a bit of a bite. A vanilla buttercream acts as a simple, if not perfectly paired backdrop to allow the real star flavors to shine. The candied orange peel has also been given a bit of raw ground clove as well, it’s pungent and slightly bitter flavor creating sweet little pinpricks on your tongue. It’s a delicious thing to bite into” (quote from « source of the recipe)

So here’s the recipe

Orange Clove Cupcakes
Makes 24 cupcakes / 350F oven

3 cups of flour
1 tablespoon of baking powder
1 pinch of salt
2 tablespoons of grated orange zest
5 eggs
1 1/2 cups of sugar
1 cup of vegetable oil
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup of orange juice (no pulp)
1 1/2 teaspoons of ground cloves

How to :
1) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine the flour, zest, ground cloves, salt and baking powder together in a bowl and set aside.
2) Place eggs and sugar in a mixer and beat on high for 30 seconds until light and fluffy.
3) Add the vanilla and oil and mix until just combined.
4) Add some of the dry ingredients and then the orange juice. Alternate the dry and wet ingredients, ending with the dry.
5) Scoop into cupcake papers about 3/4 full. Bake for 18-22 minutes, rotating the pan after the first 15 minutes. Check with a cake tester or toothpick for doneness.

Vanilla Buttercream
1 cup butter, room temperature
4 cups of powdered sugar
1/4 cup of milk
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
*optional : 3 drops of food Coloring (I use the blue one)

How to
1) Cream the butter until soft.
2) Add the sugar and then the milk and vanilla extract. Cream till soft. Spread on cooled cupcakes.

Cloved & Candied Orange Peel
2 oranges
1 tablespoon of salt
1 pinch of ground cloves
2 cups of sugar, plus some extra for rolling

How to
1) Zest the peel into long strips with a citrus zester. (You can cut off the zest as well with e a vegetable peeler, then cut into strips, just be sure to scrape off all of the white pith as it’s nasty bitter.) Add salt and peel to 4 cups of water and let stand overnight.
2) Drain and rinse. Place in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Heat to boiling and then drain. Repeat 3 times (this is to remove any bitter taste).
3) In sauce pan, combine peel, sugar and 1/2 cup water. Heat and stir until sugar dissolves. Continue to cook until peel is translucent. Drain any liquid.
4) Place some granulated sugar and a pinch and roll peel in granulated sugar and ground cloves. Be sure to only use a small pinch of cloves, in large amounts by itself raw cloves can create a burning or numbing sensation on the tongue. You just want a very slight taste of it, and when combined with the sugar it’s tamed and tasty. Allow to dry.

Note: This, like many of my recipes, can easily be adapted to a sheet or round cake as well.


One thought on “Orange Clove Chuck’s Cake

  1. Amazing cake you’ve got there! The orange and spices will probably make your mouth sing – or taste like a roundhouse kick to the mouth. Because that’s how Chuck would want it.

    Good Luck and thank you for entering the Movember Manly Cupcake Contest!

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