Dreamy Creamsicle Cake – Part 1 (cake)

I think every baker dreams of the day of when they make up their first recipe. ¬†For me, that day is today! ūüôā ¬†(or I guess technically¬†it was yesterday. ¬†But still.)

I was talking with my friend The Culinary Cheesehead about various cakes that you can make for summer – especially in this insane heat that we are having here in the Midwest. (In case you have missed it, in Chicago we just broke the record for the highest “low” – we never got below 80. ¬†And today is supposed to be 99 with a heat index of 112. ¬†Sigh.)

In the midst of our chatting, Paula mentioned an Orange Creamsicle cake, which sounded absolutely delectable… and after she mentioned it, it just didn’t leave my mind at all.

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Sunrise Cake – Orange Chiffon Cake with Strawberry Whipped Cream

As part of my new goal to start baking once a week for this blog (since my baking classes are officially over), I decided to try making a cake that fits with one of my favorite flavor combinations – orange and strawberry. ¬†I love making orange and strawberry smoothies, I love eating the orange and strawberry Skittles together, and now I’m trying to make it work with a cake!

For this cake, it’s not really orange and strawberry cake per se, but an orange cake with strawberry whipped cream. ¬†Sitting here writing this while the cake is baking, I really hope that the flavors compliment each other, and that one doesn’t overpower the other.¬† The components both smell absolutely delicious, so here’s hoping! Continue reading