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Recipe – Orange Drizzle Cake

A very quick and easy recipe as tonight has been a bit of a rush trying to do my Pilates class, dinner and a blog post in time for the Game of Thrones finale!


I posted my Lemon Drizzle Cake Recipe a few months ago and it has become a staple in this house. When the basics of a recipe are tasty and reliable, it is always fun to have a play around with it and I wanted to see if this cake would work as well with oranges in place of lemons.


I am happy to report back that it is just as moist and tasty, although next time I would probably use a second orange to zest in order to up the orange flavour of the cake, so I have included this amendment below.


175g of butter, at room temperature

275g of granulated sugar (100g of this is for the drizzle)

1-2 large oranges (you will need the zest of both and the juice of one)

200g of self-raising flour

Half a teaspoon of baking powder

3 eggs

How to make it

  • Begin by greasing your loaf tin and preheating your oven to 180°C, Gas Mark 4
  • In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter and 175g of the sugar
  • Zest both of your oranges and add the zest and juice of half of one of them to the mixing bowl
  • Mix in the flour, baking powder and eggs and mix wellorange11
  • Pour this batter into the loaf tin and bake for about 35 minutes until it is golden brownorange5
  • Once cooked, remove from the oven and leave to cool
  • While your cake is cooling, make your orange drizzle by combining the juice of your second orange half and the remaining 100g of sugarorange6
  • Turn your cake out onto a chopping board or wire rack and pierce the top of it with a small skewer or tooth pick several times
  • Carefully spoon over the orange sugar drizzle, making sure the whole cake is covered and it starts to drip down the sides tooorange7
  • Allow enough time for the sugar drizzle to crystallise then cut into slicesorange3
  • I served mine with some crystallised orange and lemon slices to make it look prettyorange2

About hannahhotcakes

My name is Hannah. I live near Bath in a lovely village in the Cotswolds with my husband Ian, the love of my life for the past 10 years, in our dream cottage. I have landed my dream job as a primary school teacher and I can’t think of anything else I would rather be doing. I am a self-confessed foodie and I love to cook, bake, and eat out as much as possible. Here are some things I love: My friends and family, travelling, fresh flowers, good books, having breakfast on my balcony, horror films, Christmas, tea, Las Vegas, lie-ins, red wine, Liverpool FC, music, sausage dogs, Spain, rare steak, fashion, cheese, American TV series and camping. And here are my pet hates: People dressed as animals, whistling, being rushed, being made to wait, girls who act stupid to impress a man, spiders, sunburn and rocket (it comes with EVERYTHING!)

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