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Sunday, 28 October 2012

Fresh orange cake

"This is the best orange cake recipe, i have found to date, tried lots with orange juice, with zest etc.  but none of them were orangy enough for me, this one where we chop a whole orange with peel and all is fabulous, do give it one try and you will be converted ..."

Servings - 10 large pieces 

Ingredients:

  • 1 unwaxed orange,washed
  • 150 gms Butter 
  • 1 1/4 cups castor sugar 
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 tbsp plain yogurt 
  • 2 tbsp superfine or granulated sugar for topping Or to taste 

Method:

All ingredients should be at room temperature
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit / 170 degrees Celsius  
  2. Butter a cake tin- loaf and put in fridge
  3. cut the orange in half, save the other half for the topping
  4. Cut the half in 8 pieces removing pips , process the orange into very small pieces 
  5. Beat butter, sugar and chopped orange for 2 minutes till fluffy, with an electric beater, do not overbeat
  6. Sieve flour,baking powder,soda and salt
  7. Break the eggs into the bowl  add the flour mixture , add the milk and the yogurt and beat on low speed for 1 minute till  well mixed
  8. Put the mixture in the buttered baking pan
  9. Bake for 50 minutes till done ,test skewer is clean when inserted in the middle of cake
  10. make topping - squeeze out the juice from the other half of the orange, add sugar (to taste) and stir to make a thick glaze
  11. While the cake is still hot prick the entire loaf with a toothpick,spoon the orange syrup over the whole cake
  12. Cool completely and take out of tin

Variations:

For a chocolaty twist , fold into cake batter chocolate bits (100 grams)before putting the mixture in the oven. i.e. after step seven.