Orange Cake!

photo (9)There is always time for cake and there is nothing like keeping kids entertained on a rainy Sunday afternoon than helping to make that cake, except for the instant regret when there is flour everywhere and yucky sticky fingers in the cake mix and egg shells crushed all over the place and they start fighting over who is going to lick the bowl…argghh! In saying that how else will they learn? It’s up to us to teach kids that all good food is grown and processed in our own kitchens, not in factories and sold in boxes at the supermarket. Growing herbs, fruit and vegetables is a good start and so is cooking and baking, these are the first steps in teaching good nutrition to kids, well I think so anyway. Back to the cake, as we had a bowl of fresh oranges we decided on an orange and poppy seed cake but with the lack of poppy seeds in the pantry this meant we had to simplify – orange cake it is!

This is not my recipe I think it’s another Donna Hay, which let’s face it, not a bad thing, but the photos are my re-creation of this delicious cake!

What you will need………….

125 g very soft butter

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup caster sugar, sifted

3 eggs

1½ cups plain flour, sifted

½ tsp baking powder, sifted

¼ tsp bicarb soda, sifted

½ cup milk

How to do it………..

Preheat the oven to 150°C. Place the butter, vanilla, sugar, eggs, flour, baking powder, bicarb soda and milk in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat on a low speed until combined. Increase the speed to high and beat the mixture until it’s just smooth. Grease a 20cm round cake tin and line with non-stick baking paper. Spoon in the mixture and bake for 1 hour 5 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer. Allow to cool for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack.

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I chose to ice my cake with a basic icing, sift  1½ cups of icing mixture or confectioner’s sugar into a bowl, add 2 tbsp fresh squeezed orange juice and 1 tbsp grated orange rind and stir until smooth. Wait until the cake has cooled completely otherwise your icing will melt right off……enjoy!

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