Orange Chiffon Cake with Marshmallow Flowers

nutrition facts (Orange Chiffon Cake with Marshmallow Flowers) Servings Per Recipe 16, Calories 383, Protein (gm) 5, Carbohydrate (gm) 66, Fat, total (gm) 12, Cholesterol (mg) 41, Saturated fat (gm) 5, Monosaturated fat (gm) 3, Polyunsaturated fat (gm) 3, Dietary Fiber, total (gm) 1, Sugar, total (gm) 51, Vitamin A (IU) 146, Vitamin C (mg) 4, Thiamin (mg) 0, Riboflavin (mg) 0, Niacin (mg) 1, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0, Folate (µg) 40, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg) 0, Sodium (mg) 232, Potassium (mg) 64, Calcium (DV %) 61, Iron (DV %) 1, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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PREP TIME

30

minutes

TOTAL TIME

60

minutes

SERVINGS

16

servings

PREP TIME

30

minutes

TOTAL TIME

60

minutes

SERVINGS

16

servings

Ingredients

  • Cake:

  • 2

    eggs

  • 2 1/4

    cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 1/2

    cups sugar

  • 2

    teaspoons baking powder

  • 1

    teaspoon salt

  • 1/2

    cup milk

  • 1/3

    cup vegetable oil

  • 1/2

    cup orange juice

  • 1

    tablespoon finely shredded orange or lemon peel

  • 1 1/2

    teaspoons snipped fresh thyme (optional)

  • 1

    recipe Honey Frosting

  • Flower Decorations:

  • Large and tiny marshmallows

  • Tinted sugar

  • White baking chocolate, melted

  • Sugar pearl decorations

  • Green tiny marshmallows

  • Frosting:

  • 5

    ounces mascarpone cheese or cream cheese (2/3 cup)

  • 3

    tablespoons butter

  • 1/4

    cup honey

  • 1/2

    teaspoon vanilla

  • 3 - 3 1/4

    cups powdered sugar

Directions

Cake: 1. Separate eggs. Allow egg yolks and egg whites to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, grease one 9x1-1/2-inch round cake pan and one 8x1-1/2-inch round cake pan. Line bottoms of pans with parchment. Grease the paper. Flour pans, shaking out excess; set aside. 2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In large mixing bowl stir together flour, 1 cup of the sugar, the baking powder, and salt. Add milk and oil. Beat with mixer on low until combined. Add egg yolks and orange juice; beat for 1 minute. 3. Thoroughly wash beaters. In separate large mixing bowl beat egg whites on medium until soft peaks form (tips curl). Gradually add remaining 1/2 cup sugar, beat until stiff peaks form (tips stand straight). 4. Pour batter in thin stream over beaten egg whites; fold in gently. Fold in orange peel and thyme, if using. Spoon 3 cups batter into the 9-inch pan and 2 cups batter into 8-inch pan, spreading evenly. 5. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted near centers comes out clean. Cool completely on wire racks. Remove from pans. Discard parchment. 6. Meanwhile, prepare Honey Frosting. Place each layer on wire rack over a tray lined with waxed paper. Heat frosting as directed in recipe to soften. Spread softened frosting on each layer t coat. (If frosting becomes too firm too spread, microwave for 10 seconds at a time.) Let layers stand to set. 7. To assemble, on serving plate, stack small layer on large larger. Decorate with Marshmallow Flowers. 8.Marshmallow Flowers Cut marshmallows crosswise with scissors. Place on waxed paper and sprinkle or dip cut sides of marshmallows with/in the sugar. Or dip cut sides in sugar. Place large dots of melted white chocolate on waxed paper. Arrange five petals on each dot. Chill about 5 minutes to set. Pipe a small dot of frosting in each flower center; adhere a sugar pearl. Arrange flowers in clusters, with tiny green marshmallows for leaves. NOTE: Flowers can be made and stored between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container up to 3 days. from the test kitchen Tip *To tint coarse or regular granulated sugar desired colors, place sugar in a self-sealing plastic bag. Add a few drops of food coloring; seal bag and shake until sugar is evenly coated. Spread colored sugar on a waxed paper-lined shallow baking pan and let dry about 15 minutes before using. Frosting: Allow mascarpone cheese and butter to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. In large mixing bowl beat cheese, butter, honey, and vanilla with mixer on medium until light and fluffy. Gradually add 1 cup of the powdered sugar, beating well. Gradually beat in remaining powdered sugar to reach spreading consistency. Place in medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave n 100% power (high) for 20 to 30 seconds, just to soften (do not melt). Makes 2 1/2 cups.

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