Orange Pound Cake

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I really liked making this cake as the method was a little different. Pound cake is known for being quite thick and dense however this cake was a bit lighter but still filling. I love adding fruit to cake and this was no exception, once baked, the aroma that comes from this delicious cake is amazing and so refreshing. Its not too sweet and the orange flavour really come through from the zest and juice. The cake can be eaten once cooled or warm with custard.

We all know that oranges are a great source of vitamin C, which is an antioxidant that protects our cells from damage. Not only that but oranges contain a range of other vitamins and minerals such as potassium, fiber, vitamin A and much more. Another great thing is that the peel contains higher nutrients compared to the flesh but I’m not sure I’ll be eating the peel just yet!!

Recipe: Orange Pound Cake (makes a 7 inch cake tin)

Ingredients

3 eggs

150g caster sugar

160g plain flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

150g butter, melted

1 orange, juice and zest

Method

  • Preheat the oven to gas mark 5 and line a 7 inch round cake tin with baking paper. Melt the butter and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the eggs and sugar together until a pale yellow.
  • Sieve in the flour and baking powder and stir gently to combine.
  • Next pour in the melted butter, orange juice and zest and combine everything until smooth.
  • Pour into the prepared cake tin and bake in the oven for 45 minutes until cooked and golden on top.
  • Leave to cool fully on a wire rack before cutting.

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Dark Chocolate Oat Cake Slices

Hello everyone, I hope your day has been well.

Today’s post is all about these delicious cake slices. I’m trying to create recipes that are slightly healthier but still taste good. I decided to use a dark chocolate with a cocoa percentage higher than 70% because it contains less sugar and is much healthier. Dark chocolate is also a great source of antioxidants providing health benefits to the body. It is important to check the ingredients when buying dark chocolate because most products sold are not what they claim. Oats are linked to a feeling of fullness and provide digestive benefits. Oats are also nutrient dense and contain good sources of fibre, carbohydrates and manganese. These cake slices tasted so good and I would recommend eating it freshly baked and warm straight from the oven.

Recipe: Dark Chocolate Oat Cake Slices (5 slices)

Ingredients

60g butter

60g sugar

1 egg

50g self raising flour

25g oats

2 blocks dark chocolate, grated

Method

  • Preheat the oven to gas mark 6 and line a loaf tin with baking paper.
  • Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl and mix in the egg.
  • Next add the flour, oats and grated chocolate.
  • Combine everything in a bowl and place in the tin, bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until fully cooked. Leave to cool before serving.

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*Nutritional information is sourced from Google*

Traditional Rock Cakes

Hello everyone, I hope your day has been well. Today’s recipe is Rock Cakes. Traditionally from Ireland, UK with ingredients such as dried fruit and spices which gives it the common taste. I love keeping them in the oven for an extra 5 minutes to get a crunchy outer layer but it is still soft and very cake like in the middle. These are great to make because they have a rustic vibe and can be eaten any time of the day, not so indulgent but still tastes great. Before adding the egg it might look like there is not enough liquid but just give it a good mix until everything combines together.

Recipe: Rock Cakes (makes 14)

Ingredients

200g self-raisng flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp mixed spices

100g butter

40g granulated sugar

45g demerara sugar

50g mixed dried fruit

1 egg

2 tbsp milk (I used a milk substitute)

Method

  • Preheat the oven to gas mark 5 and line 2 trays with parchment paper.
  • Put the flour, baking powder, mixed spice and butter into a bowl and use your fingers to rub in the mixture until it resembles breadcrumbs.
  • Then add the sugars and dried fruit giving it a mix.
  • Next add the egg and milk, nixing until the mixture is smooth and well combined.
  • Spoon the mixture onto the trays and bake in the oven for 25 minutes until golden brown.
  • Leave to cool before eating

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Lemon Pound Cake

Hello everyone, I hope you’ve had a good day today. The recipe I have here is a Lemon Pound Cake, something I was trying to create and bake for a little while. I love the texture of the cake and the bright yellow colour, it also reminds me of the cake served with school dinners, fluffy and filling!! I really enjoyed making the cake because the ingredients and method were very different to a normal cake but it turned out amazing and tastes delicious. This cake would be perfect for any occasion and enjoyed by many people.

Recipe: Lemon Pound Cake (makes 1 loaf tin)

Ingredients

280g self-raising flour

2 tsp baking powder

195g caster sugar

1/4 tsp salt

Zest of 1/2 a lemon

110g butter

1 egg

235ml milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

3 tbsp lemon juice

Method

  • First thing, preheat the oven to gas mark 5 and line a loaf tine with baking paper.
  • Then add the dry ingredients (flour,, baking powder, sugar, salt and zest) to a large bowl and mix well.
  • Next, add the butter, egg, milk, vanilla extract and lemon juice.
  • Mix everything together until you get a smooth cake batter, that’s still a little thick.
  • Pour into the loaf tin and bake in the oven for 1 hour, but after the first 30 minutes turn it up to gas mark 6.
  • Dust with a little icing sugar and leave to cool down completely before serving.

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Chocolate Concrete Cake

Hello everyone, I hope your Tuesday has been well!! The weather is quite dull so here is a tasty chocolate treat to cheer you up. It was a school favourite for me and I always remember buying a slice along with my lunch. I love the crunchy bite and subtle chocolate flavour, this is kind of like a mix between a biscuit and a thin cake. It’s also a nice and quick recipe that’s perfect for many occasions.

Recipe: Chocolate Concrete Cake (makes 12 slices)

Ingredients

160g butter

170g granulated sugar

225g self-raising flour

25g cocoa powder

1 egg

Method

  • Preheat the oven to gas mark 4 and line a tray with baking paper.
  • Melt the butter and stir in the sugar.
  • Add the flour and cocoa powder mixing until it becomes a little stiff.
  • Mix the egg into the mixture and then evenly pour into the oven tray.
  • Bake in the oven for 50 minutes. Sprinkle with sugar straightaway and leave to cool before cutting.

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Recipe adapted from here