You know those moments when a certain smell can transport you back to another time in your life. I love when those warm feelings of nostalgia catch you by surprise. The same happens for me with certain foods. Something as simple as a bowl of vanilla ice cream and strawberries reminds me of summer evenings when I was a kid. Another one for me is instant oatmeal in the brown sugar flavour, it reminds me of cold mornings when we went camping growing up. My mom would make this oatmeal for me and always give it to me in one of two plastic bowls, I think I probably refused to eat it out of anything but one of these two specific bowls. So now whenever I come across that particular brand of brown sugar oatmeal I always think of those bright-eyed mornings when we were camping and I would get to have breakfast in while wrapped up in a sleeping bag.
A while back someone in my mom’s group of friends was having a birthday. It got them talking about what cakes their moms used to make for them on their birthdays when they were growing up. For this birthday girl, her mom used to make her an orange chiffon cake. Once all these women realized how sentimental it was to talk about what their own mother’s use to do for them, they knew they would have to come up with an orange chiffon cake for the birthday girl.
Since these women know I am always up for anything that involves baking I volunteered to make the cake. However, I had never heard of orange chiffon cake in my entire life, so I had a bit of googling to do. I ended up using Martha Stewart’s recipe for Orange Chiffon Cake, since I figured if anyone would know how to nail this recipe it would be her.
While I was waiting for the cake to bake in the oven I was wondering how I was going to present this cake for the birthday girl. Since the whole idea of this was to recreate a nostalgic feeling I knew I didn’t want to deviate from the classic idea of an orange chiffon cake. While the minutes ticked away on the kitchen timer I decided I would make candied orange peel to adorn a thick cloud of whipped cream on top of the cake. After I assembled the orange chiffon cake onto a glass cake stand I was quite pleased with myself. It turned out exactly how I envisioned it. The pieces of candied orange peel added a glittery touch to the cake to make it feel even more special.
Of course I wanted to know if this tasted like the real deal and I am happy to report that it was pretty darn close. Close enough to bring back those joyful memories of childhood birthdays.
Go ahead and try to make something you’ve never heard of before and let your creativity guide you in to making your own wonderful masterpiece.
Let me know in the comments if there is something that always takes you back to a moment in your life.
Enjoy & until next time,
Meaghan X Splendid Spoonfuls