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Aaliyah Orange Madeira

December 31, 2012

Try Again

I wanted my last bake to reflect my determination which I had in abundance on the 30th December.  See I was feeling extremely low as I felt that this year I had not achieved all that I wanted, but I thought to myself it is completely unfair to keep treating myself like a failure.  I am sick of it! I work so hard and yet I always put myself down.  In 2012 I made an Orange Madeira cake, it was fantastic,  I always said that I would make it again and do more justice to the decoration and find out how to get it close to perfect.  In this attempt I did another great job.  It wasn’t perfection, but my timing was better and presentation was much more appealing.  I also added honey and sandwiched the cake.  I named it after the singer Aaliyah who sang Try Again because that is what 2013 will be for me, learning from the mistakes I already made in 2012.  I hit the ground running sprinting my way forward losing steam, now my brain is more intelligent and I’m running a marathon, steady but powerful.  Try Again Saffy Try Again.

This recipe was adapted from The Dairy Book of Family Cookery (Ebury Press, 1983).



175g butter, 175g caster sugar, 3 eggs, 100g plain flour, 150g self – raising flour, 1 large orange (zest and juice), 25g caster sugar (for sprinkling over the top – this is necessary).



1. Beat the butter and sugar until creamy.
2. Beat in the eggs.
3. Sieve in the flours.
4. Add the juice and zest.
5. Mix everything together very very well.  (No Lumpy Bits.)
6. Pour into a medium-sized prepared round baking tin. (Maximum size 22 inches.)
7. Set the oven at 200 degrees C.
8. Sprinkle the remaining sugar over the top of the cake.
9. Bake for 50 minutes – 1 hour 10 minutes.
10. The cake will be done when it is firm to the touch.

What Saffy learnt this year:

1. Be a Vulcan! Use your instincts when baking because every oven is different and warms up differently.  Recipes nearly always have to be adjusted so just test your theory when you think something is done.  If you are not sure it is best to follow the recipe and then make your adjustments the next time you choose to make the recipe.  I always make notes in my cookbooks.  I may never get to perfection, but I do aim to be as close as possible.   Such is the girl that I am,  a cooking enthusiast with an obsessive personality.

2. Do U!  If you want to make your cakes purple go ahead and make them purple. Why?  Because cooking is another way to express yourself and tell your story.

3. Work it! When I cook I put all my energy into it. Literally! I don’t do electric mixers very often, because I like beating my eggs to the radio.  Cooking can be great fun, in my opinion it is the best household job.  Therefore, you should make the most of every moment doing what you love.  When I get the kitchen to myself I work it, shake it, mix it, krump it, twist it and beat it.  Be a dancing queen in everything you do because when you’re smiling it really doesn’t matter what anybody else thinks.


From → Baking, Breakfasts

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