Harmonium Orange cake


1. All purpose flour- 1 1/2 cup

2. Baking soda - 1/2 tsp

3. Baking powder- 1 tsp

4. Sunflower/vegetable oil- 1/2 + 1tbsp oil

5. Sugar/ castor sugar- 3/4 cup

6. Yoghurt- 1/4 cup

7. orange juice (preferably fresh)- 3/4 cup

8. Orange peel (scrapped)- 1tsp


1. Mix flour, soda, baking powder properly.

2. In a separate bowl, mix oil, sugar and yoghurt well

3. Add the liquids in number 2 to the dry powders in number 1. Beat well.

4. Add orange juice and the peel to add that extra zest and zing Bake in a preheated oven at 350 F for 30-35 minutes or till toothpick comes out dry.

For Butter Cream Icing- makes 3 cups

• Vegetable Shortening – 1cup

• Confectioners sugar- 1 pound/500 gm

• Vanilla essence- 1tsp

• Water- 7-8 tsp

• Salt- a pinch

. brown colour- 3-4 drops.( for 1 cup of butter icing )

Harmonium Shape

1. Keep a picture or a real harmonium in front of you and shape the edges of the cake accordingly. Divide the cake in 3 parts with a toothpick. The front part is the smallest in height, followed by the middle which is slightly taller and the back part is the tallest.

2. Crumb coat the cake with a basic layer of butter icing. Refrigerate for 15-20 minutes and ice again only the middle and back thirds of the cake with brown icing.

3. Use chocolate wafers or glucose biscuits cut carefully with a wet knife to elevate the front bilateral sides of the harmonium.

4. The keys were done with a lot of butter icing. Refrigerate for 15-20 minutes. Then slowly make fine cuts on it with a butter knife, to make it look like keys.

5. Line the borders of the cake with black icing or black non gelatin based candy sticks.

6. Pipe a red border with tube number 4/5 at the end of the white keys.

7. Pipe black icing /put black candy for the black keys. Be careful in spacing.

8. For the bellows at the back, cut off a small piece of cake from both the sides, make thin lines to denote the number of bellows. Pipe brown colour with tube 3 to show closed bellows.

9. In the end decorate the brown cover of the harmonium in any s shaped, zig zag pattern or any other style you like.

10. Make small stops or extra notes in the front of the harmonium with a round button shaped candy or ice them with black/white coloured icing, round and round with tube 3. You can make alternate big stops and alternate small sized stops.

Serve to the Lord, Sing a prayer and partake the Mercy.

Meena Samtani

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