This orange chiffon cake (shades of Passover upcoming), is lifted almost intact from Rose's earlier book, The Cake Bible. It owes its inclusion in the Heavenly Cakes book to a new technique that Rose and her assistant Woody worked out to make it as a layer cake. Chiffon cakes are evidently usually too delicate to bake properly without a tube pan, but with the strategic addition of all-purpose flour and a flower nail (the thing that gum-paste flowers are built on) acting as a tiny impromptu tube, they figured it out. Or so the book says, I lacked a flower nail and any reason to particularly need flat layers, so I made the tube version. This is the same cake base that was used for the Bostini, so it was a familiar mix. As always, I enjoyed cooling the cake upside down on a wine bottle.
The background to the baking was even better than the cake--several hours of Grateful Dead bootlegs, shared by two once teenage tour followers on the twentieth anniversary of their first show. Such a night, followed directly by an evening watching John Darnielle do his transcendent thing, was a strange and bitter rejuvenation, a release, a good thing.