I absolutely love baking with fruit and this Orange cake is no exception. Soft layers of sponge flavoured with citrus and then topped with a zesty cream frosting makes one delicious cake
Sitting down with a slice of this cake enjoyed with a cup of coffee has been a relaxing treat and helped calm my nerves a bit from a very annoying and stressful 2 weeks. CAUTION: Full angry rant ahead.
Where do I begin…It all started last Tuesday afternoon when I realised that there was a fault with my internet connection and telephone So I called the company responsible for providing this service and they logged it as a fault, telling me that they will get back to me ASAP. 2 days later and still no feedback on when this problem will be sorted, I called back with NO HELP OR RESOLUTION AT ALL and promises of somebody will attend to your problem soon. Unable to work on my blog because I depend on this connection and service which I pay for, I had to call the company every day for the past 2 weeks. I called yesterday with renewed hope from a tech who said that there will be somebody sent to me today to sort out this problem. Waiting at home, I called the company again who told me, sorry we discovered that it is a damaged cable fault with an estimated time that it will be repaired in about 3 weeks!!!!! I am telling you, I have been pulling out my hair trying to get help and an answer from this service.
Right now I am using up my cellular data which means a limited time spent on my blog ….its like telling me to go into a store and buy a months worth of groceries in just 1 minute. Please tell me how you deal with a service provider when they cannot help out with a problem. So still waiting and looking for different options of a new internet service provider I type this post while eating a slice of this deliciousness with a cup of coffee. Thank you for reading my angry rant, fingers crossed hopefully this will be sorted soon.
Okay now that’s off my chest,.lets talk about this GORGEOUS Orange cake.
I ( including Gardening Foodie’s official taste testers….my husband and sons fell in love with this recipe, the very first time that I baked this cake and you will really understand after you taste it as well. It has an incredibly soft and moist texture. The orange flavouring in this cake are subtle and not at all overpowering. This cake smells so heavenly while it is baking, that you almost cannot wait to gulp it down before it is cooled to frost….( yes, this is me speaking from experience)
ZESTY CREAM FROSTING
Although the cake is moist enough to eat on its own, frosting it with heavy cream infused with orange zest, takes it to a whole new level of deliciousness. And then streaks of orange glaze and grated orange zest to decorate adds a beautiful finish.
This Orange Cake with zesty Cream Frosting is really simple to bake and the frosting very easy and quick to prepare and makes such a wonderful treat or surprise.
I always love baking a three layer cake( more frosting layers) using my favourite three 9×2 inch Cake Pan Set. or if you do not have 3 pans then your 2x 20cm cake tins will work perfectly as well.
So here’s is to enjoying a slice of orange cake and letting all the stress slide off your shoulders.
- 340 g ( 2 ⅔ cups ) plain or all purpose flour
- 3 tsp baking powder
- 1 pinch salt
- 230 g ( 1 cup ) butter or margarine
- 230 g ( 1 cup ) castor sugar
- 1 orange rind grated
- 4 eggs at room temperature
- 60 ml ( 4 Tablespoons ) milk
- 500 ml ( 2 cups ) heavy or whipping cream
- 1 orange rind grated zest
- 2 teaspoons icing/ confectioners sugar optional
- ½ cup icing/ confectioners sugar
- A drop of orange food colouring
- ½ tsp boiling water
Preheat oven to 180C. Line and grease 2x 20 cm cake tin or 3 9x2 inch cake tins
Sift flour, salt and baking powder into a bowl.
With electric mixer, cream butter or margarine until soft. Add sugar and orange rind and continue beating until light and fluffy.
Beat in eggs one at a time. Fold in flour mixture then add the milk and beat well
Spoon into tins and bake for about 15 minutes or until cake pulls away from sides.
Remove from oven but leave in tin for 10 minutes and then turn onto a cooling rack and frost when completely cooled.
Using a beater, whip together the cream ,rind of an orange and sugar if using until it has soft peaks.
When the cake has cooled completely, frost each layer evenly
Using a beater or fork mix together the icing/ confectioners sugar, orange food colouring and ½ tsp boiling water until smooth. Just ensure that you add the water a little at a time because you want the glaze to be thick and not runny.
Use a piping bag or just a spoon to run streaks across the top of the cream frosted cake. Add a bit of grated zest to decorate as well.