Last Sunday was amazing. By amazing, I don't mean I did anything out of the ordinary like traveling to a warm place away from Minnesota and having a crazy weekend. I mean amazing in the sense that I enjoyed all of the little normal things I did and was grateful to be able to enjoy them. We are having a particularly warm weather stretch this last 2 weeks, and it was total ice and snow melt down. 35F degrees in January is freaking awesome! I was excited to go running not all bundled up with clear paths in the sunshine! Just being out made me happy. Then later that day, enjoying more fresh air on a walk with Eric and seeing the most beautiful raspberry smoothie colored sunset! Yes, that is how I describe my favorite sunsets here.
Not only did I get out and enjoy the great outdoors, I made this fabulous vegan layer cake as well. Involving oranges as the main component...which are amazing this time of the year. But not only that, I made a frosting with cacao butter in it that tasted like white chocolate! Normally I do not have cacao butter in my pantry, but I decided to splurge a little and use it sparingly.
This cake smelled amazing while it was baking, the aromas of orange and vanilla filled my home. If a smell can bring you joy, this one definitely does. The cake itself even un-frosted tasted wonderful. How do I know this? Yes I ate all the trimmings because that is one of the best parts of being a baker. Once the frosting was added I knew it would be even more heavenly. Not only did I add that white chocolate component to the frosting, I added a touch of orange flower water as well to make the cake even more aromatic. This cake tasted like happiness. It was a wonderful contribution to my amazing day. See what I mean? I did nothing out of the ordinary and it all made me happy. That is how life should be. Enjoy the little things.
Vegan Orange Blossom Layer Cake
1 cup orange juice