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Mother’s orange cake

“This is an old family recipe that my mother, Evelyn adapted from her own mother. I still have my grandma's cake plate that I like to serve it on,” says Judi Rose.

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Serves: 8

    It keeps for a week in an airtight container at room temperature and frozen up to three months.

    Recipe adapted from The New Complete International Cookbook by Evelyn Rose with Judi Rose, Pavilion Books

     

    Method
    • Preheat the oven to 180°C.
    • Cream the butter until it is like mayonnaise and beat in the caster sugar and the orange zest, then the eggs.
    • Finally fold in the flour and add the water.
    • Bake in an oiled 20cm diameter sandwich tin, 5 cm deep for 45 minutes, or until golden brown.
    • To make the orange glace icing, put the icing sugar into a small saucepan.
    • Add 2 tbsp of the orange juice and beat well with a wooden spoon while warming over very gentle heat. When ready, the icing should thickly coat the spoon before running off. If very thick add the extra juice but it's better to have the icing too thick than too thin, as a thick icing can always be eased over the cake with a hot palette knife, whereas thin icing will run straight down the sides.
    • When quite cold, ice with orange glacé Icing: to ice: stand the cake on a plate. Pour the icing over the cake, allowing it to run down the side and helping it to spread, if necessary, by tilting or smoothing with a palette knife.
    • Decorate with candied orange and lemon peel, or finely shredded fresh orange zest and leave to set.

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