December 19, 2013
Orange Scented Cakey Cakes (not a cookie - but I think you'll like it!)
Many, many years ago, in times when many lacked the luxury of modern day refrigeration, citrus fruit was a special Christmas treat for children and adults alike during the cold of winter. Since it was difficult to keep fruit from going bad unless locally procured, many children would wait the whole year for a special orange or grapefruit to be presented to them as a Christmas gift.
I remember my mother sharing many stories about how her mother - my grandmother - would look forward to this special treat during the Great Depression. She also shared stories about how oranges and lemons studded with cloves were often exchanged as a homemade and natural potpourri. Inspired by this DIY "air freshener" idea, I have made a few clove oranges of my own for the home. It's so satisfying to be able to use natures bounty in ways that stray from just peeling and eating. It's also fun to get in touch with "old time" Christmas traditions.
In honor of the traditional Christmas gift of oranges, grapefruit, and lemons , I have created this citrus inspired treat. The recipe calls for lemon and orange peel or zest along with lemon and orange extracts. If you don't have these ingredients on hand, don't worry! These cookies and cakes are delectable without the addition of citrus. You can substitute vanilla or almond extract in place of the citrus if need be.
I'm calling these "Cakey Cakes" because they are so satisfyingly buttery and rich - very reminiscent of the flavors you get from Cake Batter ice cream (vegan of course!). They're super...whelp...CAKEY! These have very simple ingredients and can be mixed up quickly.
Orange Scented Cakey Cakes
Ingredients (Makes 12 Cakes)
1. Preheat oven to 350˚. Prepare baking cups by placing on baking sheet as pictured or line muffin tin with cupcake liners.
2. Combine wet ingredients in large mixing bowl: milk, vinegar, oil.
3. Add dry to wet: flour, cornstarch, baking powder & soda, salt, sugar, orange extract, orange peel.
4. Mix well and distribute among the 12 baking cups.
5. Bake for 20-24 minutes.