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by Debra on January 10, 2012

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Musical pairing – Not Over You by Gavin DeGraw

We’re ten days into a brand new year and this is my official first post since being hit with a very nasty kidney infection complete with kidney stone(s) that began December 18, 2011 at a wedding shoot in Kentucky . . . and found me running a fever for four days, multiple naps every 30 minutes or so and moving our family Christmas Eve party from our house to my in-laws at the last minute. By the time I saw a doctor on December 24th, the word ‘hospital’ was mentioned a few times, cultures were ordered and they finally agreed to send me home with a 10-day supply of antibiotics . . . and a nifty little cup with a built-in ‘filter’ . . . and they nixed any and all alcohol consumption . . . well Season’s Greetings and Happy New Year to you too, Mrs. Smith . . . moving on . . .

If you’ve followed any of my baking antics in 2011, you’ll remember that I seem to have issues with layer cakes and I’m not quite sure why because I’ve made plenty of them in my lifetime . . . but they were usually the boxed cakes of my youth and now I’m trying my hand at scratch cakes, cooked frosting and filled layers which honestly, shouldn’t be that difficult, right?

And I admit to a chuckle or two when I receive private email messages saying ‘how brave’ I am for actually posting my failures . . . ahem, sorry . . . ‘challenges’ here (Professor, I know you’re reading) . . . why wouldn’t I post my ‘challenges’? I rather enjoy poking fun at myself . . . especially when I’m so smug about something that should be as simple as baking a cake and then things don’t turn out quite as planned . . . and the truth of the matter is that we all have ‘challenges’ in the kitchen . . . don’t we??? Wait. If the answer isn’t a resounding ‘Yes!’ then I really don’t want to know . . . no, I’m certain I don’t want to know . . . I wonder if Deb had many cake failures . . . she’s legendary for her cakes . . . Okay I lie. I kinda want to know . . .

I am very happy to report that I’ve made this wonderful Orange Cake twice now and both times were quite successful as was evident by an empty platter and a few pitiful crumbs; the most recent cake was baked for a New Year’s Eve party with our Cincinnati family. The theme was small plates and Spanish but we decided Portugal was close enough and dessert was this Orange Cake. As you can see from the photos, this is a dense Bundt cake and is really perfect for this type of setting because it requires you bake it at least one day ahead to let the flavors develop and meld together; if you can swing baking it two days before you plan to serve it, even better!

The recipe comes from the uber suave and debonair David Leite; we had the pleasure of being seatmates on a plane ride from San Francisco to Indianapolis a couple of years ago and The Professor and I been fans ever since. And don’t miss David’s podcasts – those are real gems!