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.

Orange Lightning Cake 2

  • 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)


  1. Butter cake form and set aside. Preheat oven.
  2. Clean orange, cut into 4 wedges and put into food processor/blender. Blitz till no more lumps and pulpy.
  3. Put water in a bowl and add baking soda. Mix well and put into blender.
  4. Add in eggs, sugar, plain flour, vanilla extract and soft butter. Whisk all together.
  5. 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.
  6. Put mixture into cake form and smooth top.
  7. Bake in oven for 1 hr at 160C. Test with a a satay stick and if it comes out clean, then it’s done.
  8. Let cool, remove from cake form and serve with tea or coffee with whipped cream or ice-cream.

Orange Lightning Cake 1

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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