It's easily adapted by changing the tea flavour or juice that the syrup drizzle is made with. It also can be made with lemons rather than orange to make a lemon drizzle cake.... yum yum!
To be seasonal, I used orange as stated in the original recipe and then used Twinings Cranberry and Sanguinello Orange Tea for the syrup drizzle.
Orange Loaf Cake - Serves 4
125g (4oz) soft margarine
175g (6oz) caster sugar
2 large eggs
175g (6oz) self-raising flour
The zest of 1 medium orange
4tbsp of freshly squeezed orange juice or freshly brewed fruit-flavoured tea
100g (3½oz) icing sugar
You will need a 1lb loaf tin, greased and lined with greaseproof paper.
- Pre-heat the oven to 180C (360F, Gas Mark 4) and prepare your loaf tin.
- Cream together the margarine and sugar, either using a mixer or by hand, until it is pale and fluffy.
- Add the eggs and beat them in well, then fold in the flour gently.
- Add the orange zest and the milk, gently folding it into the mixture, using as light a hand as possible.
- Spoon into the prepared loaf tin and pop into the pre-heated oven. Bake for 45 minutes until the cake is well-risen and golden.
- Just before the cake is ready, measure 4tbsp of orange juice/tea into a small saucepan along with the icing sugar and heat gently until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture has become syrupy.
- As soon as the cake is out of the oven, puncture the top all over with a skewer or cake tester and carefully pour over the syrup. Try to go gently . . . if you try to do it too quickly, the syrup won’t be absorbed and most of it will end up running down the tin.
- Leave to cool completely before turning out of the tin.
I made this cake over the weekend for a charity car boot sale and, unfortunately, didn't get a picture before it was sold and eaten - my own fault! So, I'm making it again on Wednesday for another event, so I'll add some pictures then!
Twinings make a fabulous range of teas - from fruity and fresh to seasonal Christmas teas (not trees!!). Have a look at their website here and choose 2 free teas to sample at home... you really will be spoilt for choice!
Also at the moment, there's some great competitions running on their Facebook page, so pop over, have a look and say "hello"! Off for some more tea.....!
Edit: here's the cake from Wednesday's baking session! Before it was even baked, it had been marked to be eaten by various people! A quick trip to Luv It! to drop a couple of slices off to the lovely shop-keeper there, some to my father-in-law who missed out last time and the rest to a fundraiser tonight for our local Rainbow/Brownie/Guide group!