Sometimes, the only place for your troubles is the kitchen. The place to come to cook, bake and subsequently eat your worries away (though I do not condone stress eating and you should definitely go for a nice long run as well), solace is often found in the kitchen. Whether you’ve had an awful week or need to take anger towards a living thing out on a non-living thing, baking is a good place to start.
My mother insists that bakes are only successful when made with love, so I put pent up frustration and utter disappointment to the test with a simple orange marmalade tea cake. Go ahead and try this recipe because let’s be honest, baking is cheaper than therapy.
For the cake:
- 170g plain flour
- 175g softened butter
- 175g sugar
- 3 eggs
- ½ teaspoons sea salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons orange juice
- 2 tablespoons Cointreau (or similar liquor)
- 75g marmalade
- Zest from 1 orange
For the icing:
- Icing sugar
- Orange juice
- Preheat the oven to 175˚C.
- In a small saucepan, add orange juice, Cointreau, marmalade and zest and heat gently like you’re stoking the flames of your anger. Set aside to cool while you make the cake mix.
- Violently cream the butter and the sugar together until most of the sugar (or your anger) has dissolved and the mixture is a pale yellow.
- Crack the eggs and add them one at a time into the mixture, incorporating after each one and stir in the vanilla (and because vanilla extract is a bit like fairy tears and isn’t very good for venting your frustrations, you may do so fiercely).
- Combine the dry ingredients in another bowl with a whisk. You may want to go easy on this step because flour + rage = a huge mess in the kitchen.
- Mix the dry ingredients into the mixture until just combined (don’t get over zealous now).
- Hopefully by now the therapeutic properties of baking should have calmed you enough to be able to slowly beat in the marmalade mixture until it is fully incorporated.
- Grease a pan and pour the batter in, wobbling it slightly to make sure the cake mix reaches the corners and bake for 40 to 45 minutes, testing with a skewer to make sure the cake is completely cooked.
- Add orange juice in little increments to powdered sugar for the icing until you get the consistency of a glaze. Pour over the cake when it is slightly warm.