At the beginning of last week I decided I wanted to make an orange cake so I set about finding a recipe. I found a delicious looking orange and almond cake and set about sourcing the ingredients. Upon discovering that the flour I needed was £10 I decided I would have to create my own orange cake, so here goes…
In order to make this you will need:
Preheat your oven to gas mark 4.
- 170g Butter (11 Tablespoons)
- 170g Caster Sugar (11 Tablespoons)
- Plus 5 Tablespoons of Caster Sugar to make the sugared orange topping
- 2 Large Eggs
- 170g Gluten Free self-raising Flour (11 Tablespoons)
- 4 Oranges
- 2 Tablespoons of Icing Sugar
To make the cake:
Cream together the butter and sugar (I used an electric whisk for this part as I have no upper body strength).
Once creamed together add the eggs, spooning in some flour to prevent the mixture from curdling. Mix the eggs in, again I used the electric whisk here, this time to whip air into the mixture rather than to compensate for my weakness.
Then fold in the flour and the juice from 2 oranges.
Spoon into a loaf tin and bake for approximately 45 minutes.
To make the icing:
Mix 2 tablespoons of icing sugar with the juice from 1 Orange.
Slowly add the liquid to the icing sugar until it has reached your desired thickness.
To make the sugared oranges:
Slice the orange and dispose of the end bits and any pips.
Fill a saucepan 1/3 of the way with water and bring to the boil. Then add 5 Tablespoons of sugar and stir until dissolved.
Add the slices of Orange and allow to simmer for 40 minutes, turning occasionally.
Pierce some holes in the bottom of the cake once you have taken it out of the oven and pour the syrup from the sugared oranges over the cake.
Once the cake has cooled pour the orange icing over the top of the cake, allowing it to drip down the sides.
Finally place the sugared oranges on top of the cake and put the kettle on!