Makes one 10-inch cake This cake is one of the treats mentioned in “Reconsidering Happiness,’’ a novel based on Portsmouth’s Ceres Bakery.
|Butter (for the pan)|
|Flour (for the pan)|
|1/2||teaspoon baking soda|
|1/2||teaspoon baking powder|
|1||cup (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature|
|1 2/3||cups granulated sugar|
|1/4||teaspoon vanilla extract|
|Grated rind of 1 large orange (enough to make 1 tablespoon)|
2. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt, just to mix them.
3. In an electric mixer, cream the butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy.
4. With the mixer set on low speed, beat in the eggs, one at a time, followed by the vanilla and orange rind, stopping once or twice to scrape down the sides of the bowl.
5. Add the flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour. Transfer the batter to the pan. Tap the pan once on the counter to settle any air pockets.
6. Bake the cake for 45 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Leave to cool for 15 minutes. Turn out onto a wire rack and leave to cool completely.
|1||cup confectioner’s sugar, sifted|
|About 2 tablespoons orange juice|
2. Set the cake on a plate. Drizzle the glaze over the top of the cake, letting it run down the sides. Adapted from Ceres Bakery