This cake was made for a friend of mine who likes to celebrate his birthday a lot – not so much telling his age. If you ask, he would say he is over 18. This inspired the decoration of the cake, the 18+ sign adds an extra meaning which goes well with his personality.
Not my best picture but I wanted to post it to show that you can decorate a cake without going heavy with the icing and covering everything with fondant. (This holds for all of my cakes, see the Chessboard cake)
The recipe is easy: bake a chocolate sponge cake the way you like it but add the zest of an orange. For the cream I cooked pudding of 2 bags of pudding powder, a little sugar, 700 ml of milk and the juice of 3 oranges. The zest of two oranges can go in the pudding too. Let it cool and stir it a few times during. Cut the sponge cake in half, fill and cover it with the pudding generously.
For the decoration boil a little water, add a few spoons of sugar and cook two orange slices for a few minutes. (You can cut the slices before squeezing the oranges for the pudding.) Mix a few spoonful of sugar with a very little orange juice and a few drops of food colouring. It should be as thick as possible when it is homogenous at the same time. Put it in a plastic bag, cut one of the edges of the bag (start with a very small cut, it is usually enough or can be increased). Squeeze the bag slowly as you draw the circle and the numbers. Instead of drawing the 8, place the two orange slices on the cake.
The cake tasted surprisingly well and joke of the decoration was appreciated.
(Magyar verzió: Csokis-narancsos torta)