Sunday, 17 February 2013

Outrageously Orange Loaf Cake and EXACTLY What To Bake When You're Ill

We health care professionals are possibly the worst patients.

The evidence M'Lord?

1. An itch (from a new mohair jumper or such like) and we're convinced we must have the tropical disease Leptospirosis

2. We're guaranteed to head straight to the 'complications' section of any health website

3. And personally I've spent the last few evenings unhealthily (cue this sound effect) obsessed with staring down the back of my throat at my developing tonsillitis

I've been on a self-imposed pureed diet since Wednesday (yep, Valentine's Day dinner was that little bit more romantic this year!) and making more jelly than the average harassed mother preparing for the onslaught of thirty excitable, hungry 5 year olds at her child's birthday party.

What has all this to do with cake I hear you cry? Well, in a bid to cheer me up (there are only so many wedding magazines I can tolerate in such a bid) I wanted to create the softest, most crumbly (tonsillitis friendly) cake. 

So I made this:

Outrageously Orange Loaf Cake

For the loaf:

  • 140g softened butter
  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 180g caster sugar
  • 3 large beaten eggs
  • 4 tbsp orange juice 
  • finely grated zest of one large orange
  • 1 tbsp pearl sugar
For the drizzle and decoration:

  Juice from half a large orange
  3 tbsps caster sugar

1. Heat the oven to 180C/ 160C fan/ Gas Mark 4. Butter and line a 1.2 litre loaf tin. Pop all the cake ingredients into a bowl and beat with an electric whisk for 5-7 minutes until light and fluffy. Spoon into the tin and level. Sprinkle the pearl sugar over the mixture.
2. Bake for 40-50 minutes until golden brown and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Meanwhile, for the drizzle heat the juice and sugar in a small pan, stirring continuously until dissolved. 
3. Poke holes with a skewer all the way through the top of the warm cake and pour over the drizzle, waiting for the cake to absorb one lot before adding the next. Leave to cool in the tin, then remove and cool completely on a wire rack.

Baker's notes...
  • As well as being super soft and terrific for tonsillitis, this is a super simple recipe. Just three steps!
  • Rather than the pearl sugar, you can also drizzle the cake, once baked, with a little melted chocolate in the style of a massive loaf sized Jaffa Cake
  • The cake would work equally well with lemon, simply substitute the orange juice in the cake for milk, use lemon zest and in the drizzle substitute the orange juice for lemon juice


  1. I think this proves what we - in all honesty - already knew: cake is the best medicine!
    Hope you're feeling better soon

  2. Looks like a delicious cake. Hope it hit the spot and you're feeling better soon!

  3. lovely, lovely recipe... and sorry for your pain... eat more soft cake I say!

  4. Aww....if it's any consolation - we went to KFC for valentines day! Hope you feel better soon. x

  5. Oh you poor thing - hope you're on the mend now? If not, I'd recommend a hot cup of tea and another slice of this incredible looking cake :-)

  6. oh dear hope you are better now. must say, when I'm ill, I'm pretty much like a zombie. you're crazy amazing for having the energy and motivation to bake an orange loaf cake! x

  7. Oh wow, look at your swanky new blog, it's really neat. The cake looks pretty tasty too. Sorry to hear you're not well and hope you get better very soon.


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