I love citrus cakes, the soft moist sponge together with a tangy citrus is a wonderful combination. My favourite is Lemon Drizzle cake but I have also made, Pineapple Upside Down Cake, Orange and Chocolate Ring cake and Orange Cake. Wanting to try something new I came across this recipe for Orange Marmalade Cake. It’s pretty simple and the lovely tangy icing is really tasty.
175g (6oz) of unsalted butter, softened (I used Stork, my favourite for baking)
175g (6oz) golden caster sugar
finely grated zest of 1 large orange
3 eggs, beaten
175g (6oz) self-raising flour
5 tbs orange marmalade ( I used a shredless Seville orange marmalade, but the choice is yours if you have a favourite)
2 tbs orange juice.
For the icing
125g (4oz) icing sugar
3 tsp orange juice
- preheat oven to 180C/350F/gas4
- beat the butter until creamy
- add the caster sugar and beat until pale and fluffy
- Stir in the orange zest.
- Beat in the eggs, a little at a time, beating well between each addition
- Stir in the marmalade
- Fold in the flour
- Finally, stir in the orange juice
- Spoon the mixture into the cake pan and level the top.
- Bake for 40 minutes or until a skewer pushed in the centre of the cake comes out clean.
- Remove cake from oven, cool in pan for 5 minutes then turn it out onto a wire rack.
If the cake looks like it’s getting too brown before it’s cooked then you can cover it with a piece of baking paper.
To Make the Icing
- put the icing sugar and orange juice in a small saucepan and stir until the sugar dissolves.
- bring to the boil and simmer for 2 minutes until you have a slightly thickened syrup
- stand the cake on a wire rack over a large plate to catch any drips.
- prick the top of the cake a few times with a cocktail stick or skewer.
- cool the icing syrup for 5 minutes and then spoon it over the cake
- leave the cake to cool and icing to set
The cake was delicious, really soft and moist and tangy too. The icing was pretty stiff and broke like ice when the cake was cut. I think if I made it again I’d use a thinner layer of icing, or maybe even spread it around the side as well.