WHAT? Lemon, really? Are you sure about this? And he was like, “Yeah, whatever you want to make is fine really.”
I had not expected this. I quickly tried to think of citrus flavored cakes and flavor combinations, trying to decide what to buy and how it should look. Somehow I landed on the idea of an orange cake, which is pretty close to lemon I guess. And then it hit me. BLUE MOON.
As my parents’ only child, I think the idea of drinking weirded my dad out for awhile. I don’t drink beer very often (I’m more of a wine and cocktails girl), but Blue Moon is one that I actually like. My dad usually finds a beer he likes and sticks to it, but randomly he tried Blue Moon, and now here we are both liking the same beer.
Here we’ve got an orange chiffon cake–which is SO soft and fluffy–with Blue Moon glaze and beer candied orange slices. If you don’t want to use beer to candy the orange, you can use water instead.
To my dad–I hope you had a wonderful Father’s Day! To everyone else–you really should give this cake a try. 🙂
- 2¼ cups cake flour
- 1½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- 6 large eggs, yolks and whites separated
- ¾ cup orange juice
- 2 tbsp orange zest
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp cream of tartar
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- ¼ cup Blue Moon beer
- 1 bottle of Blue Moon
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 orange, sliced
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Rub the inside of an angel food cake pan with butter.
- Whisk together cake flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Add vegetable oil, orange juice, and egg yolks. Mix on medium speed with an electric mixer until completely incorporated. Add orange zest and vanilla extract and mix well.
- In another bowl, add the egg whites and cream of tartar. Mix on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form. Fold half of the meringue into the cake batter, and then repeat with the second half.
- Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan. (Angel food cake pan should be about ⅔ full.) Place the angel food cake pan on a baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. Let cake cool completely.
- Whisk together powdered sugar and beer. Pour over cake.
- Pour one bottle of Blue Moon into a large saucepan. Add sugar and bring to a simmer. (Be careful--because of the foam on top of the beer, it might be hard to tell when the mixture is simmering and it will easily over boil if you're not paying attention.) Add the orange slices and cook for 10 minutes. Use tongs to flop the oranges over and cook for another 10 minutes. Remove the oranges with a slotted spot and let them cool completely on a wire rack. Once cool, dip oranges in sugar. (I ended up cutting whole orange slices in half, and then in half again, so they'd fit better on top of the cake.)