Orange cake

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Using whole oranges is a great way to make a beautifully moist cake. I have had a few requests for the recipe for this orange cake served at our recent launch event. I love a recipe with ingredients that I always have available in my kitchen. This is a perfect example of this.

Cake ingredients

  • 3 small oranges
  • 180g butter
  • 1 cup caster suger
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups self-raising flour


  • Cook oranges for 1 hour in a covered saucepan with water that is about 5cm deep. Monitor water and top up if required
  • Preheat oven to 180C
  • Grease and line a 20cm square cake tin
  • Chop oranges in half, remove pips then blend in food processor to form a smooth paste
  • Soften butter (microwave for 30 seconds)
  • Cream sugar and butter together
  • Add eggs and mix
  • Add flour and blended oranges
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 50 minutes or until an inserted skewer comes out clean
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before removing from tin to cool on a wire rack.
  • Allow to cool completely before cutting into pieces

I cut the edges off then cut the cake into 25 equal pieces. I find these are too tall to ice so I then cut each piece in half.

Icing ingredients

  • 200g icing sugar
  • 125g butter
  • 2 tablespoons water


  • Soften butter (microwave for 20 seconds)
  • Add icing sugar and beat for 5 minutes
  • Add water and beat for a further 2 minutes
  • Pipe onto cut pieces of cake
  • Decorate with a sprinkle of orange jelly crystals

Have you got a backup recipe that you can rely on when you need to whip something up?


Caroline Siassios

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  • Holly says:

    I’m making this right now. I live in North Central US and I’ve never seen an orange cake before. My kitchen smelled so good after boiling the oranges. I feel good about the conversions. 30 minutes left to bake!

    • Caroline says:

      Hi Holly. This is a great cake. A definite favourite in my house. Let me know what you think once yours is finished.

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