Maybe vodka. On the rocks, of course. With a twist.
But, as usual [and ad nauseum] I digress.
Better Homes & Gardens Meals In Minutes [circa '63] pays homage to Baba with these sweet cakes. You'll find the recipe on page 23.
Baba, by French & Polish definitions, means "old lady." I can picture some sweet grannies nibbling on these cakes while they gossip the day away.
Baby Orange Babas:
1 package yellow cake mix
3/4 c sugar
3/4 c water
3/4 c orange juice [live dangerously & fiberously - go w/the extra pulpy carton]
3 T orange peel cut into thin slivers [white part removed - no zesters allowed, unless you have no respect for the way your baba zested her citrus by hand in the 60s!]
Prepare the batter from cake mix according to the package directions. Place well-greased paper hot-drink cups [I couldn't find any, so in a pinch I used juice glasses and greased them with shortening, liberally] on a baking sheet and spoon in the batter, filling cups half-full.
Bake in moderate oven [375o ] 25 minutes or till done [test with cake tester].
Meanwhile [in your spare time...] make the syrup! Combine sugar, water, orange juice and orange peel. Cook mixture for 5 minutes over low heat on the stovetop.
When cakes are done, cool a minute or two [the cups can be pretty darned hot, page through a mag while you wait], then turn out of cups onto serving plate [a challenge, be warned]. Drizzle immediately with hot orange syrup, soaking the cakes well. Chill. Serve cold with whipped cream. Makes 9 or 10.
Delightful. Refreshing just as BH&G suggested.
See you in a jiffy!