I‘ve always been slightly afraid of baking cakes of any kind but I was quite taken by Anna Langbein’s Orange Lightning Cake when I saw it on 24Kitchen one day.
- 1 whole organic orange (I used mineola)
- ½ cup water
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup sugar (i put ¾ cup)
- 2 cups plain flour
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 125g soft butter
- 1 cup sultanas (I used 100g dried cranberries)
- ½ cup walnuts – optional (I used 100g chopped dried apricots)
- Butter cake form and set aside. Preheat oven.
- Clean orange, cut into 4 wedges and put into food processor/blender. Blitz till no more lumps and pulpy.
- Put water in a bowl and add baking soda. Mix well and put into blender.
- Add in eggs, sugar, plain flour, vanilla extract and soft butter. Whisk all together.
- Add sultanas and walnuts (optional) (or dried apricots and dried cranberries). Mix either with hands or quickly blitz it with mixture in a few short burst in blender.
- Put mixture into cake form and smooth top.
- Bake in oven for 1 hr at 160C. Test with a a satay stick and if it comes out clean, then it’s done.
- Let cool, remove from cake form and serve with tea or coffee with whipped cream or ice-cream.
It was a nice surprise that I’d managed to bake it so well. Anna Langbein said that it was a delicious quick and simple orange cake; a really moist cake and can be kept for over a week. So, we’ll keep the leftovers in a airtight container. 🙂
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