July 22, 2012

29/52 Saffron (Birthday) Cake

Birthdays need birthday cakes. With candles. Don't you think?

Well, it was my friend Katarina's birthday last weekend and I wanted to bring her a small birthday cake with a candle on it. Maybe you remember that she is the one who gave me the Swedish Cakes and Cookies book so I decided to make her a cake from that book.

Saffron Cake

200g (3/4 cup) butter
1/2 gram (large pinch) saffron
1 sugar cube
2 eggs
300 ml (1 1/4 cups) sugar
150 ml (2/3 cup) milk
400 ml (1 2/3 cups) flour
2 teaspoons baking powder

  • Melt butter and let cool. Crush saffron with sugar cube in a mortar.

  • Beat eggs and sugar until light yellow and thick. Add saffron, butter and milk. 
  • Combine dry ingredients and add, beating well. 
  • Pour into prepared springform pan (24 cm/10 in).

  • Bake on low oven rack in preheated oven at 175°C (350°F) for around 45 minutes. 
  • Sift powdered sugar over cooled cake if desired.
My modifications:
None. But it was supposed to look more yellow - for some reason the saffron that I used did not dissolve correctly but was visible as tiny red dots in the cake...
And I baked 6 small cakes (for 25 minutes) instead of 1 big one.
The taste:
Basic but very good.

What is your favorite birthday cake?

1 comment:

  1. The birthday cake made me very, very happy Sarah - thank you so much! Not only was it warming my heart, it was beautiful to look at with the candle on top and it was delicious!

    Your blog is food for both eye and soul; great photographs, cool design, lovely recepies and lots of inspiration. You are a real artist and such a wonderful friend!