Baking is my first love when it comes to the kitchen. Even before I knew how to boil an egg properly, I learnt to bake a cake. I gravitated towards baking because when I baked it would instantly take me back to my grandmother’s kitchen in India. One of the hardest things about moving to America was leaving my grandmother. From the day, I was born to age ten, I lived with my grandparents along with my parents and brothers. My grandparents were truly the best and all my great memories of childhood are with them.
My grandmother was an exceptional cook and baker. She baked these elaborate cakes shaped like Mickey Mouse for our birthdays. Even her simple sponge cakes were so good that my brothers and I would literally fight over the crumbs. When we moved to America, I just simply missed her and all her delicious baking. Once we settled in our new adopted home I tried to recreate some of her cakes as a way to feel connected to her.
I love how food in general has the ability to bring people together, ignite a memory, and make you feel closer to a loved one. It is part of the reason why I love sharing recipes. This is particular recipe is not my grandmother’s, but it reminds me of her orange sponge cake. I unfortunately never got the recipe for that cake, but this one comes quite close.
This recipe that I am sharing with you today is originally from The Cake Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum. This book is amazing, Rose Levy Beranbaum is truly a genius and her recipes are fool proof. If you don’t own this book I highly recommend that you do. The original recipe is delicious as is, but I added my own twist to the recipe. I added some spices to kick up the flavor and swapped out sour cream for Greek yogurt. I rarely ever have sour cream lying in my fridge. This cake is delicate, moist, and bursting with flavors such as almond, cardamom and orange. The cardamom in the cake adds a nice floral note whereas the orange zest adds a nice brightness. If you have never tried orange and cardamom together you are really missing out, they are a match made in food heaven.
You know you made a good cake when the husband who dislikes most cakes, unless it is my coco brownies, finishes the whole thing in just a few hours. This cake is that damn delicious.