What’s the best thing to do when self-isolating from the world because of this virus? Baking! There’s nothing that puts me in a better mood than the smell of a freshly baked cake. I have this “go-to” recipe that my mum has always done that requires almost zero effort, no fuss at all but will give you the tastiest orange cake you have probably ever ate if I say so myself. I mean, don’t expect anything fancy out of ‘The Great British Bake Off” but it is delicious and perfect to have with a cup of tea. If you have a kitchen aid, it is even easier as you just need to pop the ingredients in and it’s done. I don’t have one (husband, if you’re reading this maybe we should get one) but still it’s all very easily done!
The only downside of all this? You’ll have to eat it all yourself if you live on your own or even just with your partner like me. But it’s fine, we deserve each calorie!
Right, let’s start with the ingredients:
Basic rule of baking: mix the dry ingredients and liquid ingredients separately, then mix them together. Not going to lie, I normally just mix it all together and hope for the best but let’s do it right this time. Now let’s get down to business.
Start by preheating the oven around 180ºC. Then, proceed to separating the egg yolks from the whites. Beat the egg whites until stiff. Leave it aside, you’ll need this in the end. Grab the orange, we need the zest and juice of one orange so get that ready for the next few steps. Make sure the orange juice isn’t too bitter, that might ruin the cake so have a taste before! Now we need to mix the ingredients.
First, mix the sugar, all purpose flour, baking powder and orange zest in one bowl. Then, in a separate bowl, add baking butter (I normally melt it and let it cool down), the milk, the juice of 1 orange and add the egg yolks one by one, mixing gently each time.
Once this is done, it’s time to mix everything together – add the dry ingredients to the liquid ones and mix it until you get an even batter. Now add the egg whites you have previously prepared, make sure you mix everything very gently.
Pour the batter in the prepared baking pan and pop it in the oven for around 45 minutes. This will depend on your oven so make sure you keep an eye! I normally still have to leave it for a few more minutes and cover the cake with foil towards the end so it bakes nicely without burning so see how it goes. The cake is ready when golden and a skewer (or a knife) in the middle of the cake comes out clean.
And there you have a perfect, tasty and no fuss orange cake. I love to have it with a hot lemon tea, it’s the perfect afternoon snack! Enjoy but make sure you let me know if you try this recipe!
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