Tuesday, 4 October 2011

The Great British Bake Off Final and Orange and Passionfruit Cake

....tumbleweed slowly blows across the room...

That'll be my evening next Tuesday as I sit on the sofa, comfort eating cake as I mourn the end of the Great British Bake Off. The telly will be off, Mel and Sue's cheeky banter will be but a fond memory and I'll be sobbing tears of sugar (seriously, I eat so many sweet things, 90% of my bodily fluid is pure cane sugar).

I may have to actually cook some dinner rather than screech at A as he walks through the door:


A little melodramatic, I know, but I LOVED that show. A great big congratulations to the brilliant (and very lovely) Jo, a very worthy winner. But was I the only one who thought 'eh?' as she was presented with the Gum Ball Machine Trophy? Edd's trophy last year was a little more, erm, traditional, no?

To celebrate a magnificent series, and console my sorrowful self, I baked this, from Edd Kimber's fantastic book, The Boy Who Bakes.

Orange and Passionfruit Cake


225g unsalted butter at room temperature
225g plain flour
2 tsps baking powder
pinch of salt
255g caster sugar
zest of large orange
4 large eggs, beaten
juice of 1 orange

For the glaze
3 passion fruits
125g icing sugar

1. Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/Gas Mark 4. Butter and line a 23 x 10cm loaf tin
2. Beat the butter, 225g of the sugar and the zest until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs and 3 tbsps of orange juice, a little at a time until fully incorporated
3. Fold in the flour, baking powder and salt
4. Scrape into the prepared tin and level the top with a spatula. Bake for 50-55 minutes until risen, golden in colour and a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean
5. To make an orange syrup: gently simmer the remaining sugar and orange juice until the sugar has dissolved
6. Make little holes all over the cake using a skewer or cocktail stick and brush with the syrup, allowing the syrup to dissolve into the little holes and the cake. Allow the cake to cool completely on a wire rack
7. To make the glaze: scoop out the seeds and pulp from the passion fruits into a sieve and pass the juice through the sieve into a small bowl. Add the icing sugar to the juice and mix together with a metal spoon until thick and glossy. Add 1 tbsp of the passion fruit seeds to the glaze and pour over the cake

Baker's notes...

  • This was a lovely accompaniment to that Indian Summer we fleetingly enjoyed last week
  • It is a scrummy cake. Yep, I know you know I think that about all cakes but if you only bake one thing this year, make it this
  • It can be frozen, without the icing for up to three months
  • Are you suffering from British Bake Off Withdrawal Symptoms? Were you chuffed Jo won? Hands up who liked the star-turn from that squirrel?! And will you be entering next year?


  1. I agree with you - I'm going to miss the show and what were they thinking when they designed the trophy!!

  2. I am already missing the show ~ and yes, I was perplexed at what the trophy was trying to be, a gum ball machine or an eclectic sculpture of mixer parts? LOVELY cake to console yourself with Kate....pass me a slice, and isn't Jo such a LOVELY person too?

  3. I agree, very sad that it's over. Loved hoe genuinely speechless Jo was at winning!
    I could just do with a slice of this cake right now.....!x

  4. The cake looks fab, I was thinking of buying the book are all the recipes as good?
    I loved both series, but watching them has made me all to aware of my shortcomings as a baker.
    Jo was wonderful and so modest about her exceptional skills, and the trophy!?!

  5. You are not the only one in morning - I reckon all of us bakers loved that show. They all produced amazing stuff and have given me a real complex! Your cake looks fabulous as ever and sounds delicious - I lurve passionfruit. I don't have Ed's book yet though ;-)

  6. I was exactly the same as you on a Tuesday evening and will miss it so much. The trophy was a hideous mess!!!!!!!!
    How do you like The Boy Who Bakes?

  7. I know such a shame it's over. This cake looks like perfect comfort food!

  8. I was completely obsessed with GBBO too! Seriously suffering withdrawal symptoms, and have also been consoling myself by reading through all the recipes on the BBC site and the various participants' blogs :-) Think I might just have to go out and buy Ed's book now - he has some fab recipes on his site too.

  9. I'd LOVE to be obsessed with GBBO--unfortunately, I'm just obsessed with the fact that it doesn't air in the United States. :-( That, and we have to wait until January for the next season of Downton Abbey. We Anglophiles are a sad, neglected bunch!

    Anyway, I'm visiting you from Karen's awesome blog. I love the idea for the Autumnal Baking Challenge. I'll totally be playing along!

  10. Thank you all for your comments!

    A Trifle Rushed & Please do Not Feed the Animals- I was really really impressed with Edd's books- some great flavour combinations and inspiring bakes!

    Lauren- Welcome!! And thank you! Look forward to reading your entry- happy baking!

  11. Great recipe and I agree sad times now that gbbo is over x


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