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Butternut Cakes with Citrus Syrup Recipe

Butternut Cakes with Citrus Syrup Photo : Karen E Photography

Butternut Cakes with Citrus Syrup
Photo : Karen E Photography

Butternut Cakes with Citrus Syrup

Jackie Cameron Head Chef

Jackie Cameron
Head Chef

Citrus butternut cake combines sweet and savoury. It’s a delicious little cake and, served with homemade vanilla-bean ice cream, it becomes an irresistible treat.

Yield : +- 30 individual cakes


  • 750g salted butter
  • 750ml castor sugar
  • 3 oranges, zested
  • 3 lemons, zested
  • 9 whole eggs
  • 820g cake flour
  • 40g baking powder
  • 900g butternut, pureed
  • 5ml vanilla essence
  • 30g salted butter, melted
  • 200ml brown sugar
  • 6 small oranges

Citrus Syrup


  • 250ml white sugar
  • 500ml water
  • 1 orange, zested
  • 1 lemon, zested


  1. Cream the butter and sugar.
  2. Add orange and lemon zest.
  3. Add eggs gradually, mixing well in between.
  4. Add flour, baking powder, butternut and vanilla until just combined.
  5. Grease Dario-moulds with butter and line with brown sugar. Place an orange slice at the bottom of each mould.
  6. Fill each mould ¾ fill.
  7. Bake 160˚C for 15-25 minutes until cooked (to test if it is cooked, insert a skewer into the middle of the cake and if it comes out clean it is cooked).
  8. Turn out moulds finish with citrus syrup.
  9. For the syrup, put the sugar, water and zest into a pot and reduce until a syrupy consistency.

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Jackie Cameron
Hartford House, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
+27 33 263 2713