Hartford House

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Orange Citrus Cake

Orange Citrus Cake Photo : Jackie Cameron

Orange Citrus Cake
Photo : Jackie Cameron

Orange Citrus Cake

Yields: 24cm Cake


500 ml Flour

10 ml Salt

10 ml Baking Powder

125 g Melted Butter

1 ½ cup Sugar

4 Large Eggs

2 Medium Oranges - zest (chef's note: either use a zester to remove coloured and perfumed outer rind or finely grate this off)

250 ml Full Cream Milk


300 ml freshly squeezed Orange Juice

30 ml Butter

250 ml Sugar


1) Line a round tin of about 24 cm in diameter with greaseproof paper (chef’s note: To prevent the cake from sticking to the tin, also a very acidic cake often reacts with the tin and lastly to prevent the mixture from oozing out of the tin) and set aside.

2) Set oven to 180̊C

3) Whisk the eggs, orange zest and sugar in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy

4) Add melted butter

5) Sieve the dry ingredients and add to the above mixture alternatively with the milk amount

6) Place mixture into an already prepared baking tin.Bake for about 40 minutes or until the centre of the cake is cooked


7) While the cake is cooking make the syrup

8) Place all the syrup ingredients into a sauce pan and bring to the boil (stirring continuosly).

9) Once the cake is cooked take a skewer and prick over the entire surface of the cake 10) Make sure the syrup is hot and pour over the cake.The trick is to make certain that all the syrup goes into the cake.

11) At this stage the cake can be served and garnished with; for example, icing sugar, grated chocolate, fresh fruit, cream and cocoa powder

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I look forward to hearing from you.

jackie cameron

Jackie Cameron
Head Chef
Hartford House
+27 33 263 2713