How to Make an Orange Queque - Latin American Cake
A queque is a typical Latin American heavy cake or sponge, very popular in countries like Colombia, Peru or Chile. You could follow the traditional recipe of flour, sugar, milk and eggs, or you cam add some extra ingredients to give it a new twist. You could, for example, add a hint of orange to a traditional queque to add an intense, zingy citrus flavor as well as multiple health benefits, given its high vitamin D content.
If this tickles your taste buds, read on to find out exactly how to make an orange queque, a traditional Latin American cake recipe brought to you by oneHOWTO.
Before you start to make an orange queque, get all the ingredients ready. To do so, remove the butter from the refrigerator a few minutes beforehand so that it reaches room temperature. Unlike the traditional Latin American queque recipe, this orange cake doesn't contain any milk, as this liquid is substituted with orange juice. If you want to add a little to add more moisture to the cake, you can add a few drops of milk, if you like.
Then, preheat the oven to 200°C (390º F). Separate the yolks from the egg whites, because you'll be using them in different steps.
Now, let's get started! In a bowl, mix butter and sugar well until you get a smooth paste. To make it easier to mix the ingredients you could cut the butter up into little cubes. Once mixed, add the egg yolks one by one and beat well. You can do this using a wooden spoon or a electric whisk.
When you have mixed the ingredients thoroughly, sift the flour and baking powder and add to the mixture slowly. You could sift the flour and baking powder directly into the main bowl to avoid having to wash up more bowls at the end. In this step, you need to be patient, mixing it very well to remove any lumps to get the perfect orange queque.
Once you get a smooth dough, pour the orange juice to thin it out. This will add a zesty, mouth-watering flavor to the traditional Latin American cake.
Mix well and set aside for a moment whilst you beat the egg whites until they form soft peaks in a separate container. When your egg whites are ready, that is, when you turn the bowl upside down and the egg white doesn't pour down, add them to the main mixture using a spatula and gently fold them into the other ingredients.
Now, all that's left to do is to pour the orange queque batter into the cake tin and bake for 40 to 45 minutes, until it turns a delicious golden-brown color. You can use any cake tin you like, providing that it's ovenproof. Once time is up, insert a clean knife into the centre of the cake. If it comes out clean, your orange queque is ready.
When the cake is done, remove from oven and let cool slightly. Than, remove it from the tin and sprinkle lightly with icing sugar - this is the detail that turns the sponge into an authentic queque.
If you like, you could prepare a syrup using orange juice and icing sugar and use it to cover the cake. Another option is to place thin orange slices on top of the cake before placing it into the oven. Scrumptious!
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