Good Housekeeping’s Daffodil Cake a late spring delight

Our sweet and fluffy Daffodil Cake is the perfect spring treat. (Photo by Mike Garten)

Good Housekeeping’s resident kitchen pro, Susan Westmoreland, shares her favorite shortcuts and best finds for getting dinner (and dessert!) on the table fast. This tasty throwback, Daffodil Cake, is sure to please a crowd.

A Sweet Slice of Spring: Daffodil Cake

When we found the recipe for Daffodil Cake in our 1942 cookbook, we had to share it again. A heavenly union of fluffy angel food cake and golden sponge, the citrus dessert practically screams spring! To pull it off, make sure the cake hangs upside down as it cools.

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total cooking time: 55 minutes, plus cooling

Cake Ingredients:

1 cup cake flour

1 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

1 1/4 cups egg whites (from about 10 large eggs) at room temperature

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

4 large egg yolks, room temperature

1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest plus more for garnish

2 tablespoons orange juice

Glaze Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted

3 tablespoons orange juice

1 tablespoon butter, melted

To Prepare Cake:

1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Sift flour with 1/2 cup sugar.

2. In a large bowl, with a mixer at high speed, beat egg whites with salt, cream of tartar and vanilla until soft peaks form. With mixer at same speed, beat in 1 cup sugar, sprinkling 1/4 cup at a time over egg whites. Beat until sugar is just blended.

3. With a rubber spatula, gently fold in flour mixture by fourths until fully incorporated.

4. In another bowl, with a mixer at high speed, beat egg yolks with orange zest and juice and remaining 2 tablespoons sugar until thickened and pale. Fold in 1/3 of white batter.

5. In an ungreased 10-inch tube pan (4 inches deep), alternate yellow and white batters to create a marbleized effect, with white batter on top. Bake 35 to 40 minutes, or until cake tester inserted in center comes out clean.

6. To cool cake, invert in tube pan and let hang until cooled completely, resting pan on center tube or placing tube over funnel or neck of bottle. (Cake will shrink if removed from pan while warm.)

7. To remove cooled cake, use thin bladed knife or spatula to loosen cake all around side and tube. Invert cake onto wire rack and lift off pan.

To prepare glaze:

1. In a small bowl, mix powdered sugar, orange juice and butter until smooth. Brush all over cooled cake and let sit until somewhat set. Garnish cake with orange zest.

Serves 12. Each serving is about 250 calories, 5 g protein, 52 g carbohydrates, 3 g fat (1 g saturated), 95 mg sodium.

Kitchen trick: Flip over the tube pan, then perch it atop a wine bottle – it’ll fit perfectly!



Fun and Games: Grab Bags of Awesome

Topping kids’ pretty-please list this year: Mystery packs of the cutest collectibles. Luckily, there’s a lot little ones can learn from reaching into these “blind bags.” Your child can collect the squirmy little worms from the wildly popular game and app. Each pack includes one worm, and kids can collect and swap all 15 different colors of skin ($5-$6, ages 3 and up).

L.O.L. Surprise!: Kids peel off the layers, revealing a secret message; stickers; a baby bottle that’s also a charm; and clothes and accessories for their new friend, who’s at the center. Collect all 45! ($8, ages 4 and up)

Cabbage Patch Kids Little Sprouts: These hit shelves in the fall – each mini kid (or pet or baby) comes hidden in its own unmarked cabbage, and there are over 120 characters in all ($3, ages 4 and up).



Tried and Tested: Baking Blanket

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