Orange, Choc Chip & Crystallised Ginger Cake with Buttercream

fussyeater.netIt was my good friend’s birthday and I couldn’t decide what cake to make. I asked M, my mum, my collegues at work; I asked more or less everyone I met what cake I should make lol. They gave me plenty of ideas but nothing felt right. That’s one thing I say all the time. I only bake things that ‘feel’ right. I add fruit or nut or spices because I feel like it fits in this mix not because the recipe says so. In fact, I very rarely follow recipes, I like making them up.

So I sat at the dining table and thought very carefully. What did I want to bake? … Orange. I wanted to make something orangey and choc chippy with a hint of warmth. But what? And what goes well with orange and with chocolate? I got it – Ginger!

Then came the next dilema, what kind of ginger. Should I use ground ginger? or stem ginger? All these questions were giving me a headache. I decided to just go to the shops to get the oranges. While I’m there I can have a nosey at the bakery section and see what’s there. I’m really glad I did. I spied a tub of crystallised ginger and knew immediately that’s what I was going to use.

So that’s the cake I made. Sponge cake with orange zest, chocolate chip (the very last of my Lime Tree Larder chocs) and crystallised ginger. That was topped with buttercream that had orange zest, dark chocolate shards and crystallised ginger mixed in.

Ginger and Garlic Paste

Ginger and garlic paste is a permanent feature in my fridge. I don’t know what I would do without it. I use it most days and it’s something that can be found in almost every asian fridge. My mom makes two separate pastes i.e a tub of ginger paste and a tub of garlic paste,…