Mary Berry’s Whole Orange Spice Cake

A very similar recipe appears in the Great British Bake Off Everyday recipe book which uses mascarpone cheese for the filling and also divides the cake into 4 layers however I was looking for a simpler recipe as I was baking in the evening after work and I found this one on Mary Berry’s website.  This is a perfect alternative to a traditional Christmas cake and can be decorated to suit with a little adaptation.

What you need:

For the cakeimg_2526
1 small orange
4 eggs
275g self-raising flour
225g butter, softened
3 level tsp baking powder
275g caster sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp mixed spice

For the orange filling
50g butter, softened
2 level tbsp orange pulp, saved from the cake
175g icing sugar, sifted, plus extra for dusting

What you do:

  1. Preheat your oven to 180°c. Grease and line two deep 20cm tins with greaseproof paper.
  2. Put the whole orange in a saucepan, cover with boiling water and simmer until soft, for about 20 minutes.  Leave to cool.
  3. When the orange is soft and cold, cut in half and remove any pips. Blitz the whole orange, including the skin in a blender until medium chunky.  Save 2 level tablespoons of the orange pulp for the icing.
  4. Add the remaining cake ingredients to the orange pulp and mix until smooth (I mixed for approx. 2 mins).  whole-orange-spice-cake
  5. Divide the mixture evenly between the two tins.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes.  Although mine took more than this so adjust to suit your oven but check at 25mins.whole-orange-spice-cake
  7. Leave to cool in the tins for a few moments, then turn out to cool on a wire rack.
  8. Make the orange filling by creaming the soft butter, adding the sieved icing sugar and the reserved orange pulp. Sandwich the cakes together with the icing.whole-orange-spice-cake
  9. Decorate by sieving icing sugar over the top of the cake.  I used a doily as a template!

This is a lovely moist cake that has the texture of carrot cake.

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Until next time…Happy Baking!

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