Sweet

Orange Cake

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My first baking post in almost 8 months, I can’t believe how much time has flown.

I have actually made this three times now but I am only just getting around to writing about it! This recipe was actually in a book I read on my kindle so I don’t have a link as such but the book was ‘The Girl I Was Before‘ by Izzy Bayliss.

As I have said before, obviously having fruit in makes this cake positively healthy(!) but I was told that this was one of the best cakes I’ve made!

Ingredients

Cake

  • 225g butter, unsalted
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 225g plain flour
  • 3 eggs
  • Zest and juice of one orange
  • 1tsp baking powder

Icing

  • 60g butter, unsalted
  • 180g soft cheese
  • 100g icing sugar
  • 1tsp orange juice

You will need a 23cm tin for this one, greased and lined and the oven preheated to 180C / 350F. Now, we have a fan oven so I reduced to 160C however the cooking time was nothing like the recipe suggested at this temperature!

I think we know by now that I prefer the all in one method rather than creaming together the butter and sugar etc… so put everything in a bowl and whisk until its combined – try not to overmix!

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Once this is done, transfer into your prepared tin and put in the oven. The recipe suggested 20-25 minutes but mine took 40-45 minutes at 160C in a fan oven so keep a close eye on the cake.

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Once its baked and cooling, you can mix the icing ingredients together. If the icing seems a little runny then add more icing sugar a little at a time until you are happy with the consistency. When the cake is cool, you can ice…and tuck in!

I must still work on the cake baking – I have promised myself I will try some baking belts eventually and try to even out the rise. Has anyone tried these yet? I was told that this was one of the best cakes I’ve made, it was lovely and light and the orange flavour really subtle. I was in two minds whether to split the mix into two tins and put some of the icing in the middle – one to try next time!

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