Grandma Abson's Traditional Baking is all about simple and tasty baking, a legacy from my Grandma's time as a cook-housekeeper in Edwardian times and a lifetime of baking.
As I was growing up, I watched her bake and cook, and acquired her expertise and passion for baking. Now I'm sharing Grandma Abson's traditional baking with baking devotees who remember it first time around and a whole generation new to baking. Enjoy!
always described her Orange Cake recipe as a “very good cake” and I would certainly agree. It's great cake for summer so it’s Grandma Abson’s Recipe of the Month at Tim
& Jane's Tasty Flavoursin Doncaster’s Indoor Market.
It’s also one
of those cakes you can adapt to the event and dress up or down so I’ve
suggested various ways of how to decorate it below. Grandma often did
Orange Cream Filling for an extra bit of sophistication just like I did with the
Orange Cake for my gamesmaker team mates in 2012.
It’s very versatile too as it’s a great basic recipe. For example, you can use soft brown sugar instead of caster sugar to make an Orange & Butterscotch Cake as I did for the Jubilee celebrations in Doncaster last year.
5 oz (175g) butter
5 oz (175g) caster sugar
5 oz (175g) self raising flour (sieved)
Grated zest of 1 orange
Strained juice of ½orange
of these to decorate
Icing Sugar and orange zest
Orange Cream filling recipe in
Preheat the oven to 180°C, Mark 4, 350F. Line the base of a 20 cms /8
inch cake tin with non-stick baking paper. Cream the butter and sugar together
until pale and fluffy. Beat the eggs and add a little at a time, adding a
dessertspoonful of flour with each egg. Fold in the remaining flour, orange
zest and orange juice. Put the mixture in the cake tin and bake for about 25
minutes until it starts to shrink from the sides and a cake skewer inserted
into the centre comes away clean. Place on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then
turn the cake out onto the rack and leave until cool. Decorate with orange slices or sprinkle with icing
I hope you enjoy this cake.
Do you think it could be one of the 5 a day? Well, for a treat.....