Friday, 10 February 2012

Frosted Marmalade Cake

It’s cold.  It’s icy.  It’s frosty.   Looking through the kitchen window, the world outside is being covered by a blanket of white.  I’m in here and it’s warm. 

Snow days are the best days to bake.  When you are not able to go anywhere, apart from a walk in the snow.  Then getting home, having a cup of tea and enjoying a slice of cake.  This is the cake to come into from the cold. 

This is a soft sponge, that is lovely and moist.  There is not a strong taste of the marmalade, just a subtle hint.  The orange bringing the summer to you on a cold day.  The icing is thin, and set’s crisp.  Make it once, you will make it again.

Frosted Marmalade Cake

Frosted Marmalade Cake

Serves 8  -  Adapted from Nigel Slater’s Kitchen Diaries

:: 175g Butter  :: 175g Golden Unrefined Caster Sugar  :: large Orange  :: 3 large Eggs  :: 75g Seville Orange Marmalade  :: 175g Self-Raising Flour

For the frosting:

:: 100g Icing Sugar  :: 2 tbsp Orange Juice

Pre-heat the oven to 180C/Gas 4.  Line your loaf time ready.  Place your butter and sugar into a bowl and beat until they are pale and fluffy.  Crack the eggs into a separate bowl and lightly beat them with a fork.  Then a little at a time add the eggs, beating well each time you add some.  Add the marmalade and finely grated zest from the orange.  Beat again thoroughly.

Using a large metal spoon fold in the flour.  Be slow and firm but careful until all the flour is incorporated.  Then stir in the juice from half the orange.  Spoon the mixture into your tin, using a spatula remove any last bits of mixture from the bowl.  Gently smooth the top and bake in the oven for 40 minutes.  Using a skewer, check 5 minutes before the time is up.  Leave the cake to cool in the tin, and then place on a wire rack.  The cake will sink a little – don’t panic it is supposed to.

To make the icing, sift the icing sugar and mix it with as much of the orange juice as you need to, until it is smooth with a slightly runny consistency.  Drizzle the icing over the cake, so that it runs down the side.  Leave to set, then enjoy.

16 comments:

  1. I love that recipe. I've made it a couple of times - and I think I am about due to make it again! Yours looks gorgeous.

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    1. Thank you Foodycat:) I think I need to make it again too!

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  2. that sounds so good. nothing like a nice warm cakey loaf thing when it's cold.

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    1. Absolutely right Janice, you can't beat it! :)

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  3. I love this cake. Orange is one of my favorite flavors.

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  4. Love a marmalade cake, and the name is perfect for the little blast of cold weather we just had. Makes me want to curl up on an armchair with a cup of tea and a slice of cake (although, most things make me feel that way).

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    1. Had several slices with cups of tea when coming in from the cold.

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  5. I made this cake ages ago but I have to confess yours looks much more inviting than mine did! I believe it's the marmalade that makes the cake sink.

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    1. Ah! That makes sense.. Thank you Maggie, I'm sure yours tasted great!

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  6. Hi James,

    Thank you so much for coming by my blog and leaving such a kind comment. I’ve added you to my list of blogs to be followed! Your frosted marmalade cake looks fantastic-I have my marmalade, I have the eggs-can I put them together now...

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    1. Thank you Green Dragonette. If you did have a go, I would love to know how yours was!

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  7. This sounds so yummy! Love the look of that glaze!!

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    1. I tried to keep it a thin glaze Katrina, as I didn't want to much. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

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  8. I've never made a marmalade cake before but your cake looks so inviting. I've got some marmalade to use up so I may make this cake soon x

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    1. Missflash, you really should give it a go - it's great!

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