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Orange Cake...A Donna Hay Recipe...step by step.

It was just 8 pm and both the kids wanted orange cake..Really!! that was not my idea of spending a quiet Sunday evening...... kids are like that....they will coax me, butter me, hug me, sweet talk...into baking night.

Well, they promised that they will help me all through and also wash the dishes and help me clean the counter and kitchen....and that is really sweet of them and I could not resist then.

Oh please forgive me for the pics....I am not good with nighttime shots and that too with my humble P&S...still manged to get some shots for you guys...this cake is awesome with all the citrusy soft and broke my new diet resolution ...sigh :( need to try it...and oranges are in season no excuse.

Recipe Adapted from Donna Hay Magazine.
Flour: 1 1/2 cups + 2 1/2 tbsp.
Baking powder: 1 1/4 tsp.
Sugar: 3/4 cup +1 tbsp.
Butter: 1/2 cup + 1 tbsp.(I used salted)
Eggs: 2.
Orange juice: Juice of 3 or 4 medium sized orange.
Finely grated zest of  1 orange.

Orange glaze.
Icing sugar: 1 cup, sifted.
Orange juice: Juice of 1 orange.
Orange zest to decorate (optional).

Preheat oven to 180 degree C. Butter an 8 inch pan, I used a 10 inch round pan, coz I love thin cake...totally in love with sheet cakes..
Cream butter and sugar for 3 minutes. Then add eggs one by one and cream again. Grate zest of the orange to it.

Sieve the flour and baking powder into this.

And beat again....add the orange juice while creaming.

Cream until you get a smooth and spongy batter.

Pour into greased baking pan....and bake. (I used a large pan, coz I wanted thin cake)...

Meanwhile powder the sugar with a tsp of cornflour (homemade icing sugar) and sieve and keep aside. Pour half orange juice into a bowl and slowly add the icing sugar.

Grab a Macho Guy and allow him to show his muscle power....whisk the icing sugar into the orange juice... alternately adding the icing sugar and the juice .until you get a smooth dropping consistency.

See, the icing has an orange tint and believe me the flavor was just  OMG!

Allow the Macho Guy to drizzle it over the baked and cooled cake.....and step aside for him to play Chef.

Hey, the whole kitchen was so aromatic that I had neighbors knocking on my door by 9.30 pm..

Note: Do not just dunk the whole icing sugar into the orange juice...just add slowly, sometimes you might need a little more maybe half cup, and the icing will set if kept, so pour it over the cake as soon as you get a dropping consistency.

Want to make Lemon Glaze, Check that out too.


  1. Loved this cake, I need to bake this too for my kids :)

  2. beautiful cake and lovely helper ;) makes photo job easy :)

  3. When kids help in the kitchen , that dish comes out always awesome. nice cake.

  4. i love donna hay recipes:)..........n ur cake looks awesome.......n its lovely when kids want to help!:)

  5. Thank u all for the lovely brighten my day :)

  6. Love ur lil helper, Who can resist to this beauitful,super spongy cake.

  7. Your kids definitely have your number Nisa! I would call it a bribe. :) Of course if I had kids to offer to clean up after me, I would make anything they wanted as well! What a wonderful little cake for the late night! It looks quite light and very tasty!

  8. Beautiful cake, Love your chef. Perfect tangy cake.

  9. Awesome cake...I love the flavour of orange in cake....that glaze is lovely.....

  10. Delicious & tangy orange cake, looks fabulous. Love your little chef :)

  11. Delicious cake...Happy to follow you..:)Visit my space at ur free time...

  12. Nisachechy, is it ok to do this in small cups, like a cup cake? Looks yumm..

  13. Hey Anju, thanks for stopping by...about your query, ya sure you can bake in cups, this cake is quite dense and not light and fluffy....drizzle with glaze and it sure will be a hit....BTW for cupcake baking, oven time is less...will be done in 20-25 min.

  14. Hi Nisa,
    Tried your cake yesterday - it came out really well- kids loved it.Made it without the glaze ( didn't have time as I made it at night after coming from work )- still delicious and very easy too!

  15. Hey, Beta, thank for coming back with the feedback..really appreciate glad that kids and u enjoyed the cake...

  16. very yummy cake pls give me some eazy cake recipy in presser cooker


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