Orange Poppy Seed Cake
This past winter I had an unfortunate run-in with a mystery animal on the highway one night. I’m not 100% sure what it was, but it was big enough to crack my front bumper and do some serious damage to the underside of my car. I finally had it fixed this month, and just got my car back last week all shiny and pretty. And then an even more disastrous event struck!
I noticed a wasp nest on my passenger side mirror as I was changing lanes on my way home from work, and my heart just about stopped! I have a deep seeded fear of wasps, going back to an incident from daycare. I’ve never been stung by a wasp, but the terror is there all the same. *Don’t worry – car was not in motion when picture was taken*
I made a detour and got a huge can of Raid, and once I got home I sprayed it several times (just for good measure). I tried to get it off the mirror, and only succeeded in pushing it along side the mirror and further out of reach. After that mishap, I decided to just wait until the next morning to remove it from the car; however, the thought of it kept finding its way to the front of my mind and I could not rest easy with it still wedged in my mirror. So around 8:30 that night, armed with a grapefruit knife and my tweezers, I braved nightmare and was finally able to extract it from the car! (and then I stomped on it several times)
I know that it wasn’t a big nest, and I’m 100% sure there were no wasps in the vicinity, but I was still terrified. Some people are afraid of snakes, others can’t stand spiders, but for me my fear will always be The Wasp.
To get my mind of flying, stinging things, I am going to think of this Orange Poppy Seed Cake I made the other week.
This was a dense, delicious cake that has the great pop of poppy seeds, a slight zing from plenty of orange juice and zest, and a delightful orange cream cheese frosting. I imagine if tea time was a more prominent thing here, this cake would be served often. It’s not a light and fluffy cake, but that won’t matter once you try it. Also, let’s be honest with one another – you could put cream cheese on a piece of cardboard and even that would be delectable!
If you have a wasp nest that needs to be removed, I’m not your gal. But, if you want someone to make you a fantastic cake like this one, I will do so gladly any time!