Fathers Day weekend and a citrus cake

Today is Fathers Day in South Africa. Over a week ago a arranged a gathering of the clan and everyone obliged except my one sister, Hayley, who already had other plans.

Unfortunately, last weekend’s cold turned into a sinus infection during the working weekend [I am sure I am allergic to air conditioning] and I ended up paying a visit to the doctor yesterday and coming home with a packet of medications including cortisone tablets and an antibiotic. The doctor said I should take it easy over the weekend. I looked around his office, checking to see if there was someone else who had crept into his office but no, he was talking to me. Didn’t he know it was Fathers Day weekend?

Anyhow, I came home after my visit, took my meds, and immediately stuck into making 100 strawberry and vanilla cupcakes. I will let you know what these are for next weekend. I also made a lovely citrus cake for the Dads.

Citrus cake recipe

This recipe is derived from a recipe that was in the Woolworths magazine a few years ago.


250 grams soften butter

250 grams castor sugar

4 eggs

4 egg yolks

5 ml vanilla extract

360 grams cake flour

22.5 ml baking powder

300 ml plain yoghurt

zest of 2 oranges

zest of 1 lime

zest of 1 lemon


Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. In an electric mixer beat the butter and the sugar until creamy. Add two whole eggs and two yolks, beating thoroughly between each new addition. Add the remaining two whole eggs and two yolks, beating again. Add the four and baking power, alternating with the zest and the yoghurt, beating thoroughly between each addition. Pour/scoop the mixture into a prepared baking tin and bake for approximately 50 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. Remove from the oven and loosen the sides or the cake will crack as it cools.

This morning I woke up late at 7am. I had a lot to do to prepare for the guests. I had molded the fondant badges for the rosettes for the cake just before I went to bed. I painted them with edible gold food colouring and then cut out round fondant discs. These I also painted gold. I used red and blue fondant to cut strips of 30cm long and 3 cm wide for the ribbons. I gathered these around to form a circular shape and glued the discs and the badges to the ribbon.

Fathers Day Rosette

I then made the icing. I made a quadruple mix as I need some for the cupcake event. I kept back a single mix and added the zest from one orange. I then iced the cake and added the rosettes. I sprinkled the zest of one lime on the top of the cake. It was really tasty.

Fathers Day Rosette Cake

We hosted lunch and it was delicious. I made meilie milk bread and a giant mixed salad and Mr Fox made a corned beef and two roast chickens. We also bought a salmon quiche [I just didn’t have time to make one]. My Mom-in-law brought two salads and a berry crumble pudding with custard. It was a feast fit for a king.

Oh, and there was one other thing. I wrote a 99-word prompt for Charli’s flash fiction prompt: Bouquet’s. Inspiration then hit and I expanded the prompt into a short story of about 1 500 words. It is my first ghost story. If you have time, do pop over to BakeandWrite and read it. I would love to know what you think. Here is the link: https://bakeandwrite.co.za/flashfiction-carrot-ranch-challenge-bouquet/https://bakeandwrite.co.za/flashfiction-carrot-ranch-challenge-bouquet/.

Have a wonderful week.



61 thoughts on “Fathers Day weekend and a citrus cake

  1. Robbie, I don’t think this is what the doctor meant by taking it easy! 😀 I’m sorry to hear you got sick … I had chronic sinusitis up to six time a year so know how horrid you must be feeling and the dreadful pain that goes with it. I’m so impressed with all your work – the cake is dazzling and on top of that writing! Hope you’ve all had a brilliant time … now to taking it easy? Hugs xx

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    1. I am quite sure the doctor would have a heart attack if he knew what I got up to after my visit. The meds seem to be working though. I home your scans come back okay, Danielle. Thinking of you.


  2. Ha ha! Sounds like you listened well to your doctor!! 😂😂 I hope you take SOME time to relax, you don’t want to get worse and REALLY be incapacitated! … I am super excited to find out what these cupcakes are for, though!

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  3. What a feast, Robbie. My mouth started watering about the citrus cake. It’s beautiful too.
    Most importantly, I hope you are over the sinus infection now. I know I can be weeks getting over them. And it doesn’t sound like you got much rest at all… Feel fabulous fast, my friend. Hugs.

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      1. I’m happy to hear that you are better, Robbie.
        Allergies and/or sinuses are difficult.
        Ha. Yesterday in the middle of a big “all hands” meeting — while my boss was on stage speaking — I had a gigantic sneeze! I really am allergic! 😀

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