It’s so satisfying when a little effort brings so many and so huge smiles. When I had just ventured into the world of baking, I had to constantly refer to measurements, but now at least for a plain loaf cake, I have the recipe at the back of my mind. And after getting that comfort I now keep experimenting with different kinds of additional flavours in it.
So when I saw this bright orange in my fruit drawer, I knew I had to try it in the cake. What followed is a very subtly flavoured Orange syrup loaf cake.
What I loved most was how the whole kitchen had the beautiful hint of orange in the air while the cake was baking!
Orange Syrup Loaf Cake
Preparation Time: 10 mins | Baking time: 45 minutes | Makes 10-12 slices
1 cup (175g) plain flour (all-purpose flour or maida)
2 tsp baking powder
A pinch of salt
(If you are using self-raising flour don’t use the baking powder and salt)
½ cup (175g) castor sugar
½ cup (125g) softened butter
4 tbsp milk
Zest of 1 orange
For the syrup:
Juice of 1 orange
1/3 cup castor sugar
Take the milk, butter, eggs out of refrigerator earlier so that they are at room temperature when you start.
Pre-heat oven to 180°C
Butter and line a Loaf Tin well. I always have the lining a bit taller than the tine, it makes it easier to unmould.
Using an electric mixer, mix butter and sugar together.
Add eggs one at a time, beating them in well.
Add orange zest and mix well.
Add flour, baking powder and salt. Fold it gently and thoroughly.
Add the milk, mix well with the beater.
Spoon the batter into the prepared tin and bake at 180°C for 45-50 minutes until the cake has risen from the center and a skewer comes out clean.
When there is just about 10 minutes left for the baking to get over; make the syrup. Take a small saucepan and heat (on low heat) the orange juice and sugar well until the sugar dissolves.
Remove the cake from the oven, prick it all over with a skewer and then drizzle over the orange syrup.
Leave it to cool in the tin itself.
Once the cake is cooled, remove from the tin; cut into slices and Enjoy!