Dilettante by Hiram Green 2016 + EASY Orange Cake Recipe


Post by Val the Cookie Queen


Sunny Salutations APJ

It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine.” Francis Hodgson Burnett.

Dilettante by Hiram Green 2016

Dilettante Hiram Green FragranticaFragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
French orange flower, petitgrain, orange

I prefer not to write about a fragrance that I do not have at least 10mls of and in most cases a full bottle. I make an exception in the case of Hiram´s Dilettante as it is just so gorgeous. And I used up two whole samples, four full wearings and would like more. Hiram Green informs us “Dilettante is an enchanted and light-hearted celebration of summer” but it would have healing power in the dark and cold long days winter.

“Based on a triptych of orange flower, petitgrain and essential oil of orange” Dilettante springs into life sharp, sweet and bitter. Succulent and mouthwatering, exuberant and effervescent. Unhurriedly it winds its way into a floral waxy orange blossom, sweet and delicious to the senses. The muskiness in the base combined with the bitterness of the petitgrain is sultry on the skin. A very beautiful perfume.


LuckyScent has $165/50ml

It is interesting to note that orange oils, and especially petitgrain are known to promote clarity of mind and to aid concentration. They balance the emotions, clearing off mental depression.

I’m happy, I’m feeling glad, I got sunshine, in a bag ……….” Gorillaz

Super Citrus Bussis

Mouth watering from all this talk of orange, why not make a cake?

Orange Juice Loaf Cake + Fresh Orange Juice Syrup

(Works well with lemons too)

Val Orange Cake #1


168 grammes of butter (3/4 cup)
3/4 cup of sugar
3 large eggs
1/4 cup sour cream/yoghourt/buttermilk
1 generous teaspoon of vanilla
1 tbsp orange zest
2 tbsp fresh orange juice
1 1/2 cups of flour
1 tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt

4 tbsp fresh orange juice
1/2 cup of sugar

1. Line the bottom of the 9 x 4 inch loaf pan with baking paper and lightly grease the sides of the pan.
Preheat the oven to 350°F or 180°C

Val Orange Cake #7

Val Orange Cake #2


2. Cream the butter and the sugar well with an electric mixer. Add the eggs one at a time, beating after each one.
Chuck in the sour cream (or whatever you use), the vanilla, zest and orange juice. Mix well.

3. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt mixture. Gently mix it in.

Val Orange Cake #3

4. Spread the batter into the pan. Bake about 40 minutes. Grab a bike spoke if you have one handy, otherwise a toothpick will do.
Insert it into the middle of the cake. If it comes out clean it´s done. Otherwise give it a couple of more minutes.

Val Orange Cake #5

Val Orange Cake #6


5. While it is baking, put the 1/2 cup of sugar and 4 tbsp of orange juice into a small pan. Cook it until the sugar has dissolved and then for another minutes or so. Take it off the heat and stand on the side.

Val Orange Cake #4

6. When the cake is out of the oven let it cool for a few minutes. Remove from pan and set it on a rack.
Then prick it all over with the spoke or toothpick, I pay particular attention to where the cake is cracked
along the top. Brush or spoon the glaze over the warm cake. Leave to cool, or not!

Val Orange Cake #1

(Ed: All Photos Donated by Val the Cookie Queen unless otherwise stated. Thanks Val, gorgeous!)

34 thoughts on “Dilettante by Hiram Green 2016 + EASY Orange Cake Recipe

  1. Hi Val!

    Aren’t you clever! I love this post – what could beat the combination of perfume and a sweet treat? Thanks for the recipe!

    Holly xo


  2. Love your review. I have yet to hear anything negative about Dilettante. I am adding a sample to my next sample order, but I suspect I will love it. Hiram Green is to me what Vero Kern is to you.
    Thanks for the recipe.


  3. I can just taste it, Val – the cake AND the fragrance! Loved your review and many thanks for the recipe too 🙂
    Azar xxx


    • My pleasure. I was actually quite chuffed at hw the pics came out. Gosh. It is no wonder that there are people who are professional food photographers.You don´t realize how much crap and dirty tea towels are around until they pop up in the photos and you have to remove them! Hugs. xxx


  4. Great post, Val. The scent of orange really does equal happiness for me. If I need a lift I turn to an orange blossom perfume. This sounds fab and what a cake to match it with! We’re all drooling now.


  5. Gorgeous Val! Saving the recipe for later in the fall. It’ll be perfect. By baking paper I’m presuming you mean parchment? Or is it wax paper, can’t tell. As for the Hiram Green, I’m literally quivering with anticipation waiting for my healthy decant to arrive, I’ve only heard raves!! Cannot wait. another. minute. ( off to check the postbox…) xoxo


    • Hi Robert! Parchment paper, yeah. Greaseproof is what they call it in the UK: NOT wax paper, you cannot cook on that. A good quiver never hurt. I hope you enjoy it. I await your remarks!! Hugs. xxxx


      • Haha! I think the cake might just be tonight! I showed the recipe to Ron, and he damn near levitated with happiness! Then asked for the ingredients list. I’ll let you know! Xoxo


  6. Did someone say cake? Yes, please. I feel like all I’ve done this summer is eat. If this cake were in my house right now it wouldn’t stand a chance. I’m wondering how it might be with a little smear of Nutella on it. Chocolate and orange are a nice combo…


    • Oh yes. It would be perfect with Nutella, but I dunno about a smear. Thick is the way to go I always think. This cake makes an excellent trifle too, if you have any left over. Big hug. xxxx


  7. Thank you so much for the recipe!! It sounds so fresh and delicious. I fell so hard for Diletantte. I live in an area lush with orange trees, so I know the smell of the blossoms and leaves and trees when in bloom. This perfume is Exactly the way the orange tree smells in bloom!! Plus there is that great honeyed base that adds the perfect touch to this already delicious perfume. Whenever I put it on, I smile and take a very deep breath, of bliss. I love reading great reviews of one of my new favorite orange blossom perfumes. Rubj VdE is my next fave.


    • HI Tora! Lovely to see you here, as ever. I really must crack out my Rubj VdE. I have had it a couple of years, but hardly worn it. I love the EdP and the Extrait so much, separate or together. The VdE gets let on the side. Dilettante really does smell like orange blossom. Lovely lovely fragrance. Bussis xxxxxxx


  8. Thanks for the review Val. Dilettante seems to have many fans and I’d love to try it.
    The cake must be delicious. I love orange/lemon cakes. The recipe is for two loaves, right?


    • Neva! No!!! It’s for one. I just made two. One for each of my children. Hahaha. It doubles nicely.
      Keep me posted. ❤️


  9. Wow Val, your description of Diletantte is fabulous, this is definitely a must try. We are just coming out of orange season but there are still a few trees around that are laden. I might do a fruit picking run on the weekend.

    Yummy sounding cake! Thank you for both the review & recipie.

    xx Tina G


    • I wish I had oranges to pick. Lots of grapes coming up at the in-laws, that will have to do. Hugs Tina! xxxxx


    • Hi Sandra! Good to have you back in the country. We´ll have to convert the cake for you. See you soon for a trip to …… smell the new ……. 🙂


  10. Is there anything better than perfume and cake? You have combined my two favourite hobbies in one! I have to try this perfume and this cake, Grazie Mille Val 🍒💋


    • Hey Anna maria! Hi. I really hope some one makes this cake. It is so easy and so good. It has been a staple in our family for twenty years. Nothing flashy. Just utterly delicious.
      perfume and cake, yep! I shall be in London soon doing exactly that. Stay tuned. xxxxx


  11. That is the next cake I make. I am a sucker for anything with lemon or orange in it. Plus it is clearly good for my mental health. Better than doing the crossword or playing Sudoku.

    How does Dilettante compare to that Neroli one by Fleurs d’Oranger in the chunky bottle? Is it more zingy due to the petitgrain perhaps?


  12. Making cake is always good for one´s mental health. You need to concentrate, but the rewards are great! Can´t compare the two fragrances really. The FdO is so deep and rich and tenacious. Hiram´s is much brighter, joyous. Forsooth.


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