A fine orange drizzle cake recipe can satisfy a picky eater. The fluffy cake combined with the perfectly balanced flavour of sour juice and sweet sugar, allows us to enjoy a big portion without being overly cloying.
What makes a perfect drizzle cake?
I chose orange because it’s my favourite, but lemon and any citrus fruit will do the trick as well! The rich flavor of the crispy drizzle icing combined with the spongy layer makes a delicious orange cake for afternoon tea.
Eggs. They add moisture and bind the ingredients together. If you can’t use eggs for some reason, try the alternatives (with a different flavor added):
- Store-bought replacement powder.
- 6 tablespoons of apple sauce.
- 1 banana, mashed.
Vegetable oil. I like it more than butter, as a means to keep the whole of the citrus scent. Moreover, the oil offers a light and moist cake, even though it doesn’t smell or taste as good as butter. You can read more about different oils used in baking here!
Sugar. As much as you might want to leave the sugar out, we can’t risk the structure of the cake. From what I have heard, it isn’t easy to balance the sourness out with artificial sweeteners.
Oven heat. If the temperature is too high, the cake will rise too fast to support its own weight.
An easy orange drizzle cake recipePrint
Orange Drizzle Cake | Delicious Dessert Recipe
- Prep Time: 15 mins
- Cook Time: 50 mins
- Total Time: 1 hr 10 mins
- Yield: `
- Category: How to Cake
- Method: Baking
Besides the obvious essential fruit for this orange cake, you will need these ingredients:
- 2 eggs
- 120ml vegetable oil
- 55g sugar
- 100g flour (with a pinch of salt)
- 2g baking powder
- 1 – 2 tsp orange skin
- 1 orange (juice)
- 1 tablespoon orange juice
- ½ tablespoon sugar
- The rest of the orange juice
- 2 tablespoons sugar
You can use lemon instead of orange to turn it into a lemon drizzle cake recipe! It works for pretty much every citrus fruit, but be careful when weighing your supplies!
Step 1: Bake the cake
- In a large bowl, break the eggs before adding vegetable oil and sugar. Whisk the ingredients lightly for them to blend.
- Sieve flour and baking powder into the bowl. Mix them well until they become a smooth substance.
- Use a grater to get the needed amount of orange skin and add it to your batter.
- Coat your mold with cooking oil and some flour. It prevents the cake from being stuck and burnt.
- Pour the mixed batter into the mold and bake for about 50 minutes. You might catch the trademark smell of orange as soon as you take the cake out of the oven, but let’s be productive and learn how to make an orange drizzle for a cake!
Step 2: Prepare the sauce
- Squeeze an orange for the juice.
- Mix 1 tablespoon of orange juice with ½ tablespoon sugar.
- Add sugar to the rest of the juice and stir evenly until they form a thick paste.
Step 3: Serve the cake
- After baking, give the cake layer 10 minutes to cool down before removing it from the mold.
- To complete the look of a standard orange drizzle cake, pour the sweetened juice and the creamy paste over the fluffy layer before cutting it into even pieces of optional size. You should prod the cake with a toothpick or something equally small for better absorption.
- Let the dessert loaf dry a little before cutting it into slices and enjoy your delicious treat!
These tips might be trivial and almost unimportant but they will enhance the quality of our cake so much more!
- If you are a perfectionist, use caster sugar for your sponge layer rather than granulate. Granulated sugar might not dissolve thoroughly when you mix, which causes speckled tops on the surface.
- Don’t worry if the batter seems thick because that’s how it should be! However, when it appears overly thick, we can fix it by adding a dash of milk.
- Make sure the ingredients are at the same room temperature before you mix them, or they won’t form the emulsion we need.
- Place your molded dough on the middle shelf of the oven to distribute the heat evenly. Otherwise, the crust will form earlier than it should and crack before the cake can rise.
- I know checking on your cake is tempting, but you should try and stop yourself from opening the oven and taking a peek since it will cause the temperature to drop.
- Sprinkle the orange drizzle cake to make it better! Chocolate and candy chips are good choices to consider.
- You can make cupcakes out of this recipe too!
From the nutrition facts below, you will see this orange drizzle cake is better as an occasional treat due to its high sugar and fat content.
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If having this spongy orange drizzle cake (with chocolate toppings or with ground almonds even!) is tempting to you, don’t hesitate to try it! I also have healthy recipes that you can enjoy more regularly such as Savory Donuts or Mochi Ice Cream, so don’t forget to subscribe to my channel for new cooking tips!