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Saturday, 3 March 2012

Orange Drizzle Cake



I tend to send anything I bake at the weekend off to Mr CB's workplace on a Monday morning.  I would like to say this is because I'm a generous soul but it's mainly to stop me scoffing lots of cake come Monday night. They are also a great bunch at giving honest feedback and now it seems requests!  While having a drink with them all on Friday night it was requested that I make an orange, as opposed to lemon, drizzle cake.  That is fine with me as I quite like being given ideas for things to make.  I have used a recipe I found in BBC Good Food magazine for a 'Lighter lemon drizzle cake' but substituted orange for its more bitter sister.  This cake came under the healthy recipes section as it uses rapeseed oil instead of butter.  It is a lovely light cake and the orange flavour has come through nicely.


The Recipe


75ml rapeseed oil
175g self raising flour
1 1/2 tspn baking powder
50g ground almonds
50g polenta
zest of 2 oranges
140g caster sugar
2 eggs
225g natural yoghurt


For the orange syrup
85g caster sugar
juice of 2 oranges


1. Preheat the oven to 180c/gas mark 4. Grease a 20cm springform tin and line the base.
2. Put the flour, baking powder, almonds, polenta, zest and sugar in a large bowl. Mix together and make a well in the centre.
3. In a separate bowl whisk together the eggs and natural yoghurt and add to the well in the dry ingredients. Add the rapeseed oil and mix together lightly until just combined.  
4. Pour the mixture into the cake tin and bake for around 40 minutes until an inserted skewer comes out clean. Remove from oven and after the cake has cooled a little allow to cool on a wire rack. 
5. While the cake is baking make the syrup by putting the sugar and orange juice in a small saucepan with a little water. Heat  until the sugar is dissolved and then bring to the boil to thicken up the syrup.
6. Before the cake fully cools make several holes in it with a skewer and pour over the orange syrup.

29 comments:

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    1. Thank you! Nice to have you back blogging! x

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  2. Yet another fabulous looking cake!! It looks so moist and delicious I could eat a slice right now.
    I do the same with my baking. I give most of it to my dad who passes it on to my brother, or my husband takes it to work. Otherwise I would eat most of it myself with disastrous effects on the waistline.
    One thing is certain - everyone loves home-made cake.

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    1. Thanks Jean! I know if i have cake in the house then I just have to eat it all! x

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  3. I do exactly the same thing and send cakes off to Graham's work.

    Your cake looks wonderfully moist. I am really craving a slice.

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    1. Thanks Jac. It was really moist which was nice and very quick to make too (always a bonus!) x

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  4. Yummy! Look at that wonderful moist crumb. I love orange anything. This would be lovely with chocolate sauce!!

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  5. What a light and juicy looking cake. I'm a sucker for drizzle cakes.

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    1. Me too although I'd only ever made lemon before.

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  6. This would be perfect with my afternoon tea! Yum! Happy to be your newest follower! Have a great weekend :)

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  7. It looks great - I wondered how well that recipe would work and it looks like it's a good one.

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    1. I've never Good Food before but am really impressed with the recipes I've tried so far.

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  8. Wow! Looks perfectly moist & tempting! Moreover topped with orange syrup! How awesome is that! YUM! BTW thanks for dropping by my blog. Glad to hear from you. Have a lovely weekend! :)

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  9. This sounds delicious. I have a recipe for an orange cake from my nana which I love. I'm going to give your's a try. I like the idea of using rapeseed oil vs. butter to cut calories. Thanks for a great recipe!

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  10. Oh do put your recipe on your blog - I'd love to see it!

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  11. Oh it looks lovely and I'm a big fan of using polenta in cake. I'm very impressed with you giving your cake away. I try to just have a small slice a day and make any cake I make last the week. My downfall is work where we always have biscuits and chocolate on the go :(

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    1. Oh I know biscuits and chocolate are so tempting!!

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  12. This looks lovely - and what sunny beautiful photos!

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  13. Ooooo good idea, never thought of making an orange drizzle, and it's great that this is a lighter version. The almond and polenta sounds interesting too! :-)

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  14. That looks so good!

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  15. This orange polenta cake looks very moist and lovely. I would love to bake with this combination too.

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  16. Delicious! I saw this recipe for the lemon one and thought it looked good, but like the idea of orange too. Workplaces are so handy for offloading baked goods, I was gutted when my boyfriend started working from home, I've needed 2 fillings since and I'm sure that's why!

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  17. This looks perfect. I'm adding it to my list of "must tries" Hello from a fellow English Kitchen fan and new follower! :)

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