Saturday, April 4, 2020


Getting creative in the kitchen

A Good Housekeeping Recipe

I use to do a lot of baking when our family was young, everything from scratch. With just the two of us at home now I don't bake a lot. With the "stay home"situation and with all this time to fill I decided to bake a cake. My daffodils were blooming and so pretty and they just happen to be my favorite flower. My sister sent the recipe and I ordered the sugar daffodils I wanted to go on top. When they came in I was ready to bake this angel food cake.

Good Housekeeping Daffodil Cake Photo

I gathered ingredients and was so busy this is the only photo I made

I didn't have candied citrus so I made this with orange rind and sugar, drain on paper towels and dry. Fresh mint from my herb garden.

The framed daffodil art is a gift from my sweet friend Jenna. The black frame looks great with MacKenzie-Childs Courtney Check.

If you like angel food cake you will love this cake!

I hope you will leave a comment, it's the only way I know you were here.

Happy baking!

Recipe from Good Housekeeping


1 c. cake flour
1 1/2 c. plus 2 tbsp. granulated sugar
1 1/4 c. egg whites (from about 10 large eggs), room temperature
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
large egg yolks, room temperature
1 tsp. finely grated orange zest plus more for garnish
2 tbsp. orange juice
1 1/2 c. confectioners’ sugar, sifted
3 tbsp. orange juice
1 tbsp. butter, melted

  1. Prepare Cake: Preheat oven to 375°F. Sift flour with 1/2 cup sugar.
  2. In large bowl, with mixer at high speed, beat egg whites with salt, cream of tartar and vanilla until soft peaks form. With mixer at same speed, beat in 1 cup sugar, sprinkling 1⁄4 cup at a time over egg whites. Beat until sugar is just blended. 
  3. With rubber spatula, gently fold in flour mixture by fourths until fully incorporated.
  4. In another bowl, with mixer at high speed, beat egg yolks with orange zest and juice and remaining 2 tablespoons sugar until thickened and pale. Fold in one-third of white batter. 
  5. In ungreased 4-inch-deep 10-inch tube pan, alternate yellow and white batters to give marbleized effect, with white batter on top. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until cake tester inserted in center comes out clean. 
  6. To cool cake, invert in tube pan and let hang until cooled completely, resting pan on center tube or placing tube over funnel or neck of bottle. (Cake will shrink if removed from pan while warm.) 
  7. To remove cooled cake, use thin bladed knife or spatula to loosen cake all around side and tube. Invert cake onto wire rack and lift off pan.
  8. Prepare Glaze: In small bowl, mix confectioners’ sugar, orange juice and butter until smooth. Brush all over cooled cake and let sit until somewhat set. Garnish cake with orange zest. 

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  1. Emily, I'm a fan of angel food cake, so I will definietly make this. It looks so pretty! I like the way you styled the grass around the base. I didn't know daffodils are your favorite flower. I'm making a note of that! This all looks beautiful. Glad you are sbeing safe and taying home. We are doing just that ourselves!

  2. This is such a gorgeous cake -- beautiful presentation. I love angel food cake -- Angel Cake, as the kids used to call it. I might have to make this if I can find the right ingredients. And if not now, sometime. The daffodils are awfully pretty. I should order some of those just for the future! Oh, you'll love that cake for days and that will be fabulous!

  3. Delightful, Emily! Your cake is beautiful and you styled it so well. I love the picture Jenna painted of the daffodil and how pretty your MKC pieces are! You did a fabulous job decorating the cake. Your mint is so healthy and fresh. The smell of mint and oranges sounds lovely. I would love a piece of your cake.
    Have a wonderful day.

  4. Daffodils are my favorite spring bulb too!!! This cake is very pretty.

    Love the Daffodil art, gorgeous!

    Enjoy your cake!


  5. That's beautiful! Angel food cake is such a light one, and great for diabetics (toppings in moderation, of course). I am doing more cooking, and with my first online grocery order, added some items for baking too. Stay the course, and we'll all get through. Have a great week, Emily. Thanks for the recipe.

  6. What a beautiful cake Emily!! I always think of you whenever I see daffodils 😊 I know that they are your favorite! I love love the way you decorated this pretty cake, wherever did you find the cute daffodil decorations? Yes, Easter is going to be very different this year, your daffodil cake would certainly brighten things up!

  7. Such a cute cake Emily. The little daffodils are darling. I think we are all baking more these days. Bringing sunshine to all of us with this cake is so special. Love seeing your lovely MKC pieces. Enjoy the cake.

  8. Daffodils are also my favorite flower! This is adorable and looks deliciously sweet. Happy staying at home!

  9. Your cake is decorated to perfection - so pretty! and it looks delish! I like how you displayed it on the cake plate, too, clever girl!!

  10. Such a bright and cheery cake...bring on spring!

  11. That cake looks delicious and is beautiful!

  12. Oh Emily, what a work of art your daffodil 🌼 cake is!!!!!! Yes, yes, yes, I love angel food cake, and always think of my beloved mom because it was her favorite. Your setting is so pretty and Jenna’s art goes perfectly. Happy Easter!

  13. Happy, happy post. I busted out in smiles. God Bless You.

  14. Just looking at your beautiful angel food cake is uplifting. Unfortunately for our waistlines, I am baking up a storm for my husband since we've been confined to the house through this crisis. Thanks for the recipe as I will definitely bake it this weekend, but there won't be any beautiful decoration on top! Stay safe.

  15. PS some ingredients are missing the required quantities. Could you please put them up in a post? Thank you

  16. Truly a work of art!! I am making a cake for Easter. I love to bake but we do not need to eat a lot of sweets and now I cannot share them with my kids and friends. Have a blessed Easter.




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