Ester's Orange Marmalade Layer Cake

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"Father Tim's At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon Esther's famous Orange Marmalade Layer Cake"
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3.5 hrs 12 servings yields 1 cake
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Original recipe yields 12 servings



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  1. Pre-heat oven to 325.
  2. Batter 2 9-inch round cake pans,lined with parchment or wax paper,& butter & flour the paper, shaking off excess
  3. In a bowl, sift the flour, baking soda and salt
  4. In another bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer until smooth
  5. Add the sugar a little at a time & beat mixture until light & fluffy
  6. Beat in eggs, orange zest & vanilla
  7. Beat in 1/3 of the dry ingredients alternately with 1/2 of the buttermilk until combined well.Add half the remaining dry ingredients & the remaining buttermilk & beat until combined well
  8. Finally, beat in the remaining dry ingredents until mixture is smooth
  9. Evenly divide the batter between the pans
  10. Smooth the surface, rap each pan on the counter to expel any air pockets or bubbles
  11. Bake for 45 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean
  12. Orange Syrup
  13. In a bowl, stir together the orange juice & sugar until sugar is dissolved.
  14. Poke holes in cake with toothpick, spoon the syrup over each layer, let layers cool completely
  15. Filling
  16. In a small saucepan, on med heat,heat marmalade until melted.Let cool 5 minutes
  17. Frosting
  18. Wisk heavy cream with the sugar, until forms firm peaks. Add sour cream, a little at a time, whisk until mixture is spreading consistency
  19. Arrange one of the layers on a cake plate and carefully peel off the wax paper spread 2/3 of the marmalade over the top, smoothing it into an even layer. Invert the remaining layer onto the top of the first layer, peel off wax paper, spoon the remaining marmalade on the center of it, leaving a 1 1/4 inch border around the edge Frost the sides & the top boarder with the frosting, leaving the marmalade on top of the cake exposed. Or,if you prefer, frost entire cake, adding marmalade as a garnish on top. Chill 2 hrs before serving.


If you have read about Father Tim in the Jan Karon's Mitford Series, this is the famous cake Esther made for people in the town as Christmas gifts.