Yesterday was the first day all week where I felt able to move about. I wanted to push myself to get a little more active and spent the morning getting small jobs done around the house. I was a little sore afterwards but figured I could probably get a cake together if I rested for a few hours. I had plans to go see my good pal Jenny over at Spice Box of Earth for a nice meal and a few movies that evening and didn't want to turn up empty handed.
A couple of episodes of Cutthroat Kitchen later and I was ready to bake. Wanting to branch out from chocolate, I decided to use up the orange marmalade I've had kicking about my kitchen cupboards for a while. I'd like to say I did something really creative with it, but I wanted to get a batter together and in the oven quick, so it's just a simple marmalade cake, but for the cake deprived and the miserable, this was heaven.
Orange Marmalade Cake
For the cake:
- 175g dairy free margarine
- 175g caster sugar
- 2 pots of vanilla soya dessert (I couldn't get my hands on soya yoghurt but 1 cup of that would work)
- 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
- 175g self raising flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- pinch of salt
- 3 tbsp orange marmalade
- 2 tbsp water or soya milk
For the glaze
- more marmalade
- icing sugar & water
- Grease your cake tin and preheat the oven to 180C.
- In a large bowl cream together the marg and sugar.
- Add the dessert and vanilla. Mix until smooth.
- Fold in the flour, baking powder and salt.
- Stir in the marmalade and water before pouring the batter into the cake tin.
- Bake for 50-55 minutes. Leave the cake in the tin to cool. Use a knife to poke a few holes into the top of the cake, brush some marmalade on top while it's still warm. Do another coat when it's cooled and then make a glaze with the icing sugar and some warm water. Pour all over the cake, don't worry about making it look neat, this is not that kind of cake.
This was so simple and delicious. The marmalade gave the sponge all the flavour with minimal effort, no bloody zesting and juicing of oranges for me! I had this batter together within 5 minutes and the rest was easy. I served mine with custard and it was perfect.
The cake was much appreciated by Jenny and her adorable pooch Vulpe too.
I'm hoping this cake has healing powers, I've just had the last slice I brought home but I left Jenny with the rest. Jenny was also in pain last night after a bike accident, so fingers crossed the cake has the same effect on her as it has on me!