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Wednesday 26 October 2011

Baking for Beginners: Sticky Orange Clove Cake

I know it's still only October, but I'm already feeling Christmassy. I was inspired to make a lovely wintery cake with flavours of orange and clove like one of those pomanders you make at Christmas.This is a super sticky syrupy sponge that's perfect with a cup of tea. It couldn't be easier to make either. There's a little bit of lemon in the recipe, which somehow makes the orange taste all the more orangey.

I like to cut mine into squares and put each one in a cupcake case. It means if I'm eating one for elevenses while typing away I don't end up with syrupy crumbs in my keyboard. Of course you might be much more civilised than me and eat off a plate, in which case there's no need.
Sticky Orange Clove Cake

You'll need:
For the cake
  • 170g unsalted butter
  • 170g caster sugar
  • 170g self-raising flour, sieved
  • 2 medium eggs
  • Splash of milk
  • Zest of 2 oranges
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/4tsp ground cloves
  • Pinch of salt
For the glaze
  • Juice of 2 oranges
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 80g icing sugar, sieved
Make it!
  • Preheat the oven to 170c / Gas 3.
  • Grease and line an 8 x 8 inch square tin or a 6 inch round tin.
  • Put all the cake ingredients in a bowl and mix until combined. 
  • Put the batter in the tin and bake for about 40 minutes.
  • While the cake is baking, put the glaze ingredients into a small saucepan and bring to the boil. Set aside.
  • As soon as the cake is cooked through, bring it out of the oven, prick the top all over with a fork and pour over the glaze.
  • Leave to cool in the tin.


  1. So... how much milk is a "splash of milk"?

  2. Y'know, Anon... just a splash. 5-10ml maybe?


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