4/18/14

Meet Ewenice




Looks a little sleepy, doesn't she?

As children, some of us  grew up with pets, such as cats, dogs and canaries. And then, there was that  kid who preferred less conventional animals like horses, rabbits  and sheep – I was that kid.

From my aunt, who raised sheep and chickens, to an uncle who owned horses, to my godfather who raised rabbits, I was fortunate enough as a kid to have a free, lifetime pass to a menagerie.



For years, I prayed for any of these animals to "follow" me home from school. But now I know that's not possible,  as I no longer go to school . . .
But I  still love my 'pets.'  And I still love cake  And so, I give you,  Ewenice, with her sweet black face.

 I could've dusted off some old lamb cake molds, but chose an 8-nch hemisphere pan to bake this cake.  This way, you too can make her, or any other fluffy critter of your choosing, from any size bowl you like, without the need for special equipment.
The lamb's head was just a cupcake. It was attached by inserting a wooden skewer  into the cupcake and right through the body.

The face was covered in fondant. Ears, hooves and flowers were also fondant.  Buttercream covered the cake, which was piped with a Wilton's 1M pastry tip. But any star or round pastry tip will be fine.


Unfortunately I don't have enough space for all the animals I love. But there will always be enough room for my two cats . . . and other, smaller collections. Enter baby silver cups. Tell me you love them too, or  I'll be disappointed.
This American sterling silver cup with the Peter Rabbit handle (by Saart Brothers Silver Co.) still makes me swoon with delight . . . was that too Stepford-y?

But I digress. If you're baking a cake this Sunday, allow me to put a sway in your Easter basket.  This recipe was slightly adapted by adding the zest of one orange. The cake is fragrant and deliciously moist, with an assertive citrus kick  (Btw, I omitted the orange glaze  because I used my Whipped Buttercream  to cover the cake). 

Found the recipe here: Culinary Concoctions by Peabody.

VANILLA YOGURT CAKE with ORANGE GLAZE

1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
½ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1 cup granulated sugar
1 vanilla bean, seed scraped out, pod discarded
1 ½ TBSP vanilla extract
7 oz Greek Yogurt
½ cup vegetable oil
Grated zest of one orange
4 TBSP orange juice, divided

Spray two 6 x 3.2 x 3.4 inch loaf pans with baking spray. Or coat with butter and flour.

Preheat oven to 350F.
Using a stand mixer, beat together the egg, egg yolk, and sugar on medium-high speed, until it turns pale yellow, about 3 minutes. Add the vanilla beans, vanilla extract, and oil, beat another minute, until incorporated.

In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

With the mixer on low speed, add half the amount of dry ingredients. Then add half the amount of Greek yogurt, and 2 TBSP of the orange juice. Add remaining dry ingredients and followed by the remaining yogurt. Remove from mixer and finish mixing by hand using a spatula until all of the ingredients are fully incorporated.

Pour into prepared pans and bake for 35-40 minutes.

Remove from oven. Using a toothpick or large wooden skewer poke holes into the cake. Using a pastry brush, brush orange juice over hot loaves.
Let cool for 10 minutes and remove from pan. Place on wire rack to finish cooling. When cool, glaze cakes.

Orange Glaze

2 cups sifted powdered sugar
6 TBSP orange juice

Combine together with a whisk. Pour over cakes.



Happy Easter  Friends!



26 comments:

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I was that kid too! I had bunnies, horses and even a pet opposum for a short while. I know...now that I think back it was weird, Never any sheep though. Your Ewenice is adorable with her sleepy eyes. She sounds delicious too! Your Peter Rabbit mug is sworn worthy and so is that beautiful antique vase. Happy Easter, Sol!

Marysol said...

An opposum for a pet? Alright, you win! :)

Best wishes for a wonderful Easter, Susan!

La Table De Nana said...

I was not that kid..
I finally got a dog when I was about 10 and so was the dog.
Reeko..you heard that right.He came with a name.
Gone after one weekend..no kidding..back to the farm I guess..bawled my eyes out..

Now..
Your cake♥
Her face♥Her wool..
I love her.
You're still my ace of cakes��
That tulip is resplendent in her vase..
And I am smitten with the cup and handle!
I received gorgeous flowers today.
What a gift they are..!
Happy Easter..

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Oh my goodness she is ADORABLE!! Marysol, you've done it again! I love the expression that she has on her face too. Happy Easter!!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Lovely pictures, delicious cake and cute kitty!

Happy Easter!

Cheers,

Rosa

Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking said...

That is by far the CUTEST Easter cake that I have seen!! She looks so sleepy and happy and perfect! Even your cat is adorable!

Lori (All That Splatters) said...

You, my friend, are too talented. I do believe you received my portion of creativity, imagination, and bakerocity (yes, I said it) when those particular virtues were doled out.

The little baby's face, with her sleepy eyes - too cute for words. And I agree with Ms. M. - the beauty of that tulip (my ultimate favorite flower, by the way), is almost haunting in your vignette.

Another gorgeous post. How DO you do it. *sigh*

Lori
xoxo

Sarah said...

What an adorable Easter cake and how I'd love to have a taste of Ewenice! Happy Easter dear Marysol ! :)

Carol said...

I was not that kid although I would have loved to be. Instead we collect dogs :) Love your cake and your kitty! Both adorable. Hope you are enjoying a fabulous Easter! All good things to you and yours, Sol.

Medeja said...

This little sheep is just too cute.. :) I never liked animals that were bigger than me than I was a kid :))))

Happy Easter :)

Marysol said...

Aw, Monique, I'm sorry you had your heart broken at such a young age. I have a similar story, but I think I'll send a hug instead [M]

Marysol said...

Thank you my friends! I hope your Easter was filled with joy and maybe a bit of chocolate :)

Kathleen said...

So glad it is an adorable cake, and not a new pet! :)

Hilary from Cocoa Bean The Vegetable said...

Haha! I love the expression!

Palomasea said...

Hello Dear Marysol! Thank you so very much for stopping by my blog and taking the time to leave a kind comment! I'm so glad you did, because now I get to discover your brilliant and gorgeous world...wow... :)
Following ASAP.... :) You are very talented....
What a darling cake! (and kitty cat)
Hugs from Minnesota...
xoxo,
- Irina

Fete et Fleur said...

Dear Marysol,

This is my second attempt to leave a comment. I hope you get it. First of all, WoW! She is amazing. I love Ewenice's sweet little face. Secondly, you're brilliant. I like to dream about making things like this, but all my all my real world attempts fall dismally short.

I love your collections, and silver baby cups are the bomb. I had a friend decorate her entire tree with sterling silver baby cups. It was rather spectacular.

Thank you for sharing the magic of your baking with us.

Hugs,
Nancy

BTW ... Your photos are stunning. You have a great eye for composition.

Marysol said...

Hi Irina, how very nice of you to visit. Welcome! Loved reading your delightful blog, and I'm looking forward to many more entries from you! Hugs.

Nancy, my dear friend, I'm sorry you've had problems leaving comments. Unfortunately, other blogging friends have experienced the same. I'm going to try to fix it.
But I'm so glad you persevered, not only because I love you, but also because your silver baby cup idea is brilliant, and I intend to 'borrow' it. Thank you, sweets!
Hugs.

lisa is cooking said...

Oh my goodness, what a sweet cake! I love the swirly frosting and the little butterfly on top.

Palomasea said...

Dear Marysol, oh I cannot stop smiling at Ewenice's sweet face! (literally sweet...ha!) ;)
I could never eat that darling visage, although I am sure it's so delicious... :)
Thank you very much for your visit, and your kindness...
Please do send some sunshine our way...it's still rather chilly, but the leaves are finally starting to make their way into the world...can't wait for the lilacs, apple blossoms, etc...
Have a marvelous Sunday!
Hugs,
- Irina

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I hope that you are doing well. Thanks for the comments and have a lovely end of the week.

Cheers,

Rosa

Palomasea said...

Dear Marysol, this post never fails to make me giggle....
I hope you are having a marvelous and creative summer so far, and I thank you so much for stopping by to visit me! The Belvoir drink...so worth seeking out. If you have a specialty or gourmet grocery near you, they may carry it. Also, I think it can be ordered through Amazon...
Enjoy the rest of the week!!
xoxo,
- Irina

Palomasea said...

I do hope you can find the Belvoir, dear Marysol...
Also found a place where it can be ordered by the case..heehee...let me know if you would like that link... :)
Are you familiar with Elderflower beverages in general? If not, IKEA carries Elderflower syrup which can be mixed with sparkling water. So delicious.
You too, have a SPLENDID weekend!
xoxoxo

Marysol said...

Irina, you're such an enabler – let's be best-friends-forever! :)

And thank you for searching this wonderful drink for me! There's a market (approx.1 hr. away) which claims to carry some Belvoir products. I'm back from a mini vacation, so I intend to drive out there this weekend and see for myself. Keeping my fingers crossed.

Fete et Fleur said...

Hello dear Marysol,

I hope all is well, and that you are basking in the glory of lazy summer days.

I just saw that you commented on my last post. So sorry that I didn't post your comment sooner. It seems I am no longer receiving my comments in my inbox. I have to actually sign-in to google dashboard to get them.

Hope you'll be posting again soon. ;)

Nancy

Fete et Fleur said...

Dear Marysol,

It's always so much fun to get a comment from you! Two in one day made me burst out laughing and now I'm smiling like a fool. Now that I've looked at photo #12, I'm inclined to agree with you. It is a bit queasy inducing. Wouldn't it be awesome to vacation there though?

Ok, it is time for another one of your gorgeous posts. I need to see the beauty. ;)

Hugs,
Nancy

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Dear Marysol,
Thanks for the lovely comments!
I hope you are having a wonderful summer.
Cheers,
Rosa xo