Saturday 8 December 2018

Get Festive with Orange & Cranberry Cake

This is a very simple recipe for a seasonal Orange and Cranberry Cake adorned with glazed fruit to enjoy at Christmas. Get ahead and freeze the cake prior to decoration. You can also make it with fresh cranberries and use pistachios to decorate. I can guarantee there won’t be a piece left!
What you need …
For the cake
8oz/225g butter
7oz/225g caster sugar
Zest of 1 orange
4 eggs (beaten)
8oz/225g self raising flour
2oz/50g ground almonds
1 tsp baking powder
5oz/150g cranberries (dried)
20z/50g mixed peel
How to bake …
Pre heat the oven to 180C (Fan 160c)/Mark 4/350F. Cream the butter, caster sugar and orange zest until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs. Fold in the flour,baking powder and ground almonds. Fold the cranberries and mixed peel. Place the mixture in a well greased Bundt or Kugelhoph tin or a lined round 8 inch/24 cms cake tin. Bake in the oven for around 45 minutes. Leave to cool for 10-15 minutes before turning out.
For the topping …
150g icing sugar
Juice of ½ orange
Glazed fruits
Put the icing sugar in a small bowl and add the orange juice. Spoon the icing over the cake. Allow to set for 10 minutes then decorate with glazed fruits.
Whatever you are doing and wherever you are at Christmas, 
I wish you a very Happy Christmas Baking season!