Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Fanta cake

It is not uncharacteristic of myself to have on estimate 12 browsers open (ranging from how-to-food I need so badly, varieties of face packs, DIY bathroom tiling-in-24 hrs, to who is liking my posts(?)) this together with skimming 400 mail/texts/foodstagrams, all during the dedicated time I commit to  recipeblogging. 

This, should be where I mention sheer obliviousness to those persistent pleas of that pesky duo, The Afterschoolers, who've really not been granted much blessing from my kitchen for long stretches of hungerpanged moments. It's an irony that haunts me every single day, that where my children are begging for a snack as I lyricise on the magnificence of food swank. 

It was one such incident where Child One, her who is actually two years shy of being Adult, petitioned for cake, the moment-like several, where she could simply not live without one (ahh, a mother's work..never done..) It could be a subject BFMK archives  have no dearth of.  But. Fast? Now? Where? How? Que in to when Google liberates. And generously gifts me with what I have on display this very moment.

To meticulously go through all the confection announcements, lengthy articles where I've shown up cake/baked goods in a certain way, certain order, with reliable elements is one which negates today's monologue; easiest ever schemes to cake. And have it become epic than most. 

Is then your attention with me, please?

Should so be, because not only is it a ridiculous easy baking experiment, it belongs to those upper ranks of Delicious, where simple things reach levels we can't quite comprehend. 

Fanta cake, otherwise known as German Fantakuchen, could also alias under Orange Crush Cake is the greatest delight I have experienced, after the birth of my children(?). And truthfully, on most days,  this could also be reconsidered.

That it may surprise you the orange-ish-not tasting soft drink, that we see in soda aisles across the world, yields results so astounding is now not so surprising to me. Each fizz of gas renders that poundcakeish moist texture, without peaking towards a terrifying amount of sweet. The pale crumb, soft, with right amount of give, exponentially raises the creamsicle flavor bar, while having you regret nothing in the process.

Much after I took these pictures of Fanta cake, I thumbed through a feature that Food52 did on cakes comprising stranger ingredients than our flush-colored Sunkist. While I am still to fully wrap my head around things like tomato soup cake, for real people, I think it's no shock that flour, fat and egg dialogues can be elemented with several anomalous options.

And not bragging but if you desire to glance at the stupendous pastry art I am performing with one hand, be not intimidated! That also can be done. In rhythm, concentrically to the left one circle and then to the right one circle. Alternating to end in  and show off a much desired ruffled chic look.

What say you? Am I hearing shrieks in unison? 

So, are we ready, then, to CAKE IT LIKE A BOSS?

Orange fizz on its way to a brighter future.
Seven ingredients. So very simple. There really is no excuse not to make it famous in your own kitchen.
Took me less than a couple hours to get this presentable and click worthy. Of course it always helps to listen to some native tongue melody and rhythm it on.

That project where you will not have to undergo a single fail as you tread way to victorious destiny.

 You spin me right round💫
Who would have thought pastry with a soft drink as it's chief leavening ingredient could be brought in from them who gifted the world bratwurst, sauerkraut and more than a gazillion pages on the internet to laud it all? 

For the cake~
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 ½ cups Fanta orange soda
  • 1½ tsp baking soda
For the cream cheese frosting~
  • 16 ounces cream cheese(softened at room temp)
  • 10 tbsp salted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3- 4 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 3-4 tbsp milk
For the vanilla buttercream rose~
  • 1 stick salted butter, softened
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 cups confectioner's powdered sugar (should be more stiff to hold rose shape)
  • 2-3 tbsp milk
  • orange gel coloring
For the cake~
  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Butter and flour two 9inch round cake pans.
  • In a large stand mixer bowl, beat, on medium-high, eggs, sugar, vanilla and oil until pale yellow and fluffy.
  • Add in flour and Fanta to the batter. Mix for another minute. Stir in baking soda, beat until incorporated.
  • Bake at 375°F for 10 minutes.
  • Reduce oven heat to 350°F and bake for a remaining 18-25 minutes.
For the cream cheese frosting~
  • Beat the cream cheese and butter until light, fluffy.
  • Beat in vanilla
  • Gradually add the confectioner's sugar by cupfuls, beating well after each addition
  • Add milk by enough spoonfuls and continue beating for desired consistency and flavor.
For frosting the cake~

After cakes are thoroughly cooled, place one layer flat side up on a flat cake pan or stand. Spread 2/3 cup of the frosting evenly over the top.  Place second layer on this and use remaining frosting for top and sides.
Note~If you desire to crumb coat (i.e.. adding a thin layer first before fully covering), double the amount of frosting.

For buttercream flower~
  • Do the same as for the cream cheese frosting, omitting the ingredient of cream cheese, beating up to 4 cups sugar in. 
  • Add gel color to desired amount and shade.Using Wilton tip 125, work from the middle in opposite circular motions. Or just look here.
Sidenote~ For moistness and more flavor, evenly drizzle the cakes with a few spoons of Fanta before icing. 
Flowing in some Fall.

**Can you see what I see? The header has changed! And for it I thank my very creative friend, Brittany Alloway, graphic designer extraordinaire, who did one spectacular job on ornamenting the peak of BFMK with a much desired, way prettier title banner. With ease and amazing creativity, she delivered things superquick even after my gazillion mind changes/ onerous reworkings in between. And look how she cartoon-glammed me up?  You like? I certainly do :-)**

If you want to see more of her inspiring work, check out Brittany's website, and portfolio over at Tough and Tender or on Etsy.

2012~Mille Feuille



  1. Would you believe if I tell you that I was actually staring at a recipe of 7-up cake and it was exactly the same! Hehe... I guess it is just about replacing with whatever soft drink you like... Love the flowery decoration on the top, so beautifully done... I am wondering what you were humming while frosting the cake... ;)

    1. Great minds think alike, Rafee:-) That is actually a link , perhaps I should have it in bolder color, it takes you to youtube. Action Hero Biju.....love it!

  2. Seriously Fanta in cake :) Looks delish kettooo and that giant flower is kidu. Steady hands Tina.

    1. Kidu is so right the word Meena:-D Ayirunnu, ellam kidu:-) And it's easy.


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