Sorry for just a recipe today. I am all out of words. All out of patience. I am having a bad day. Just to give you and idea of how I am feeling, I am making jarred sauce, frozen meatballs and pasta for dinner. But cake always cheers me up. Of course I am baking this for a family gathering on Saturday, but just baking it is cheering me up. A little.
1 cup unsalted butter, room temp
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon orange juice
1 teaspoon orange flower water (this can be omitted, I just have some so I add it)
6 eggs, room temperature, separated
3 cups sifted self-rising flour (measure after sifting)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup buttermilk, room temp
1 cup mini chocolate chips
Using an electric mixer, cream shortening with 1 1/2 cups sugar. Blend in vanilla and orange juice. Add egg yolks, one at a time, blending just until smooth after each addition.
Stir baking soda into the buttermilk.
To the first mixture, add sifted flour alternately with buttermilk , blending well after each addition.
In a glass or stainless steel bowl, beat egg whites until they form stiff peaks (this will take a few minutes). Fold chocolate chips and egg white mixture gently into batter until well incorporated.
Spoon batter into a generously greased and floured 10-inch tube pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 60 to 75 minutes, or until cake tests done. Cover lightly with foil if it starts to brown before it is done. A toothpick inserted into the center should come out clean.
Cool on rack; carefully remove pan and transfer to cake plate.