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A Cake For All Seasons

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December 23, 2014 / Cake / By
Anna

This is a great cake for any occasion. But, what is even better is that it is the fastest (edible) cake I have ever made.
One of my sons used to make what the children called a Nuclear Meltdown cake. It was some chocolate concoction into which M&M's were liberally sprinkled. The mess was slopped into a plastic cake dish and microwaved. I feel like a bad parent when I think it about it now. I shun plastic whenever possible now and I don't even have a microwave oven in my home. Although I do frequently fend off TTG's attempts to buy one.
This cake does not sink to that level but it does share one characteristic with microwaved food:it does not keep well. It is really best eaten the same day. However, that is not usually a problem. Even The Doctor, whose displeasure can lower the ambient room temperature by several degrees has smiled at this one.
Being an orange cake, it is suitable for many occasions. In the summer it is very refreshing with a dollop of cream, mascarpone or yoghurt, or in TTG's case, a tub of Ben & Jerry's. In the winter, it can served hot with an orange syrup poured over it and at Christmas, the addition of cinnamon and nutmeg give it a festive touch. 
I have also added chocolate to the mix making it a Jaffa cake. It is best to use melted dark chocolate as the addition of cocoa powder can make the mix dry if you do not substitute the cocoa for the right amount of flour.
Here's the basic mix. Play with it as you see fit.

Easy Orange Cake
One whole orange (washed)
180gms melted butter 
3 eggs 
1 cup sugar 
1&½ cups self-raising flour 


Heat oven to 180°. Purée the whole orange in a food processor. Add the remaining ingredients & blitz until mixed. Place mix in a prepared tin and bake 40-50 mins. 
I usually make this cake in a curiously shaped tin, so I go to great lengths to grease and flour the nooks and crannies. But if I use a normal 20cm tin, I simply grease it.
I never ice it, preferring a blizzard of icing sugar or a drench of orange syrup. However, if icing extravaganzas are what really turn you on about cake-baking, ice away!
Enjoy!

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