Surprise Ingredient Cake

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This Surprise Ingredient Cake Recipe is a decadent sweet treat that is also known as Revani in Turkey and Greece. The secret ingredient is soaked in a citrus infused syrup, similar to a gulab jamuns. A dessert that also has a golden brown shell encasing a soft syrupy layer. The process of soaking the cake recipe in syrup results in a smoother, softer cake texture. The addition of yogurt, oil and eggs also lend to the density and richness of this cake recipe. There are several variations to this traditional cake recipe. You can use butter instead of oil. Quite often the syrup also contains orange essence or fresh citrus peel. You will want to make the sweet syrup two to three hours before you start to bake the cake. To start, you will add some water and sugar into a pan over medium heat. Then boil for 5 to 7 minutes until the sugar seems to be dissolved. Then squeeze half a lemon into the syrup. Then add the half lemon right into the syrup. You can then add the remaining lemon zest.

The "Food Like A Mama Used to Bake It" is a recipe site that was created by Georgia. The site was started in September of 2011 as a hobby. She had searched for a Gulab Jamun recipe and could not find it, so that inspired her to create a food blog. It is a memoir food blog, where she can share childhood recipes through memories of her mother, Amma. She believes that the preparation of food, similar to culture and tradition, is passed down from one generation to the next, not just with the recipes but the stories behind them too. The site is a platform where she can share her mother's treasured recipes, and her mother inspired creations with her sisters. On this recipe site, you will find authentic recipes that are also inspired by global cuisine, from traveling, friends recipes, homemade recipes and wholesome recipes that her mother used to prepare in the home. On the site, you will find a variety of unique recipes from vegetarian recipes, baking recipes, main dish recipes, dessert recipes, how-tos, cake recipes, salad recipes, pie recipes and more.

These days you will find lemons used wherever you go. Lemon juice, the rind, and zest of a lemon are used in a wide variety of foods and drinks. You will find lemon juice used to make soft drinks, cocktails, and lemonade. Lemon juice is a popular addition to marinades for fish, helping to tenderize the meat. Lemon juice is often used in the United Kingdom as an addition to pancakes. Lemon juice can also be used for cleaning. A cleaning tip using lemons uses a halved lemon dipped in salt or baking powder to help brighten copper cookware, with the acid dissolving the tarnish while the abrasives assist the cleaning. Like the lemon, the orange is a popular fruit found in many households. The orange is thought to have originated in southern China, northeastern India, and possibly southeastern Asia. Oranges were first cultivated in China around the time of 2500 BC. In Europe, the orange was introduced to Italy by the Crusaders in about the 11th century, and were widely grown in the south for their medicinal purposes. The sweet orange was virtually unknown until about the late 15th century or the beginnings of the 16th century. Orange trees were brought to the Mediterranean area by Italian and Portuguese merchants. Shortly after this time, the sweet orange became popular as an edible fruit. *

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