Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Easy Scrummy Orange Cake

I haven't posted any yummy recipes for a while. So I thought you might like this. I've always loved orange cakes, this is an extremely easy-peasy mix-all-in-one-bowl, then beat and bake type recipe. Here's the recipe:
125g butter, softened
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup orange juice
2 eggs
3/4 cup caster sugar (baker's fine sugar)
1 and 1/2 cups sifted self-raising flour
1 tablespoon finely chopped orange zest a handful orange zest thinly sliced for garnish
Orange Icing
1 cup icing sugar
2-3 tablespoons orange juice (add more if needed, mix to semi-runny consistency)

(1) Combine all cake ingredients and beat thoroughly for 3 minutes.
(2) Pour mixture into a greased 20cmx10cm loaf or 20cm ring tin.
(3) Bake in 180 degrees C oven for 30-40 minutes or until cooked.
(4) Turn onto wire rack and allow to cool.
(5) Ice with Orange Icing. Alternatively, you could ice with Cream Cheese Icing, which I personally like better because of its tang. Simply beat 100g of softened cream cheese with 2 tablespoons of sugar and 2 teaspoons of lemon juice until smooth. I even add 2 tablespoons of sour cream sometimes. Now why don't you enjoy a cuppa and some orange cake with me?These flowers are from my garden, they are winter flowering plants and so they give me a lot of joy in winter when my roses are pruned and resting. It's officially Spring here now that it's September, I'm excited and anticipating the coming back of my roses. I'm also amazed by these flowers, they look like they have nature's tassels on them! One of my children has also started a vegie "patch" by using pots, we've been enjoying her labour of love as a result. Everyday we get a beautiful bounty of her harvest, and needless to say, I'm more than happy. Home-grown vegies ARE definitely better and DO taste so much better. She has many things growing, brocolli, choy sum, strawberries, assorted fancy lettuces, spinach and spring onions; just to name a few. She still has carrot seeds she needs to plant out. Okay, I wish you all a great week, eat more vegies.


Miss Rhea said...

Yummy ! Cant wait to try it. Thanks for sharing :)

baysiderose said...

Thanks for your comments on my blog- all rectified now.
I can't wait to try this cake as well. Sounds delicious!

maría cecilia said...

Hola, your pie looks delicious, and I also like a lot orange in many recipies!!! I have loved the dimorphotecas arrangement and knowing that your daughter is already interesting in cultivation her own herbal garden, that`s so great!!!
Regarding my roses, here is much more like in your country but last year instead of having them bloomed at final october they were around mid november and I think it was because winter delayed so much coming... and this year it has happened the same with the climate so I don´t think I will have my roses at time.... nature is changing it`s normal behavior, have you noticed it??
maria cecilia

Donna Lynn said...

That cake looks amazing, I will have to give it a try! Love your beautiful pictures of the greens, we have been eating tons of veges lately, all organic! YUMMY!

Rosy said...

That sounds delicious! I love the flavors acids (lemon and orange) so this cake will last certainly very little in my kitchen. Thanks for the recipe!