Saturday, March 26, 2011

Aspiring Bakers #5: Orange Butter Cake

Blogging is a secret hobby of mine.

Although my family and friends do know that I bake. Only my mum and a few friends know that I actually write a baking blog. They don't know that I am also called Small Small Baker or SSB in the blogging world. So friends who have added me (as in my real name, not my Small Small Baker's page) in Facebook, please do not call me SSB. I will like to keep this blog a secret so that I can talk nonsense here without worrying that they might read it. :)

I do not want to miss another month of Aspiring Bakers again. We got plenty of mangoes at home because they are so cheap now. I made a mango chiffon cake and it turns out to be the worst chiffon cake. So in order to put out something for this month, I have to bake something that is easy and failproof.

This Orange Butter Cake is adapted from Lemon Butter Cake from Nasi Lemak Lover. It has been in my bookmark list quite a while. Nice time to pull it out to try. The result is great! I always prefer lighter cakes and seldom like butter cakes. But this is a light butter cake, not too heavy and greasy. The glaze topping is a must, never never omit it!

Orange Butter Cake

Ingredients (makes 1 loaf tin, I use 6 inch round tin)

125g butter (I use 100g butter and 25g margarine)
100g sugar (I use 80g)
2 large eggs (about 150g)
1/2 orange, finely grate the rind
175g self-raising flour (I use 175g cake flour + 1 tsp baking powder)
4 tbsp milk

Orange glaze
3 tbsp sugar (I use 2 tbsp)
1 orange, extract juice (about 4 tbsp)
1/2 orange, finely grate the rind


1. Beat the butter with the sugar until fluffy.
2. Add in the eggs one by one, then add in orange rind, mixing well.
3. Fold in the flour, baking powder and milk, combine well.
4. Pour the mixture into a loaf tin lined with greaseproof paper.
5. Bake in pre-heated oven at 170C for 35-40mins.
6. Mix sugar and orange juice and cook over low heat till sugar dissolved, add in orange rind, set aside.
7. When cake done, remove cake from the oven and prick all over with a skewer.
8. Pour over the orange glaze over the hot cake.
9. Ideally to leave cake to set overnight, to have better flavour.

Recipe adapted from: Lemon Butter Cake from Nasi Lemak Lover and Jane's Corner

I am submitting this Orange Butter Cake to Aspiring Bakers #5: Fruity March (Mar 2011), hosted by Jess of Bakericious.


  1. The texture is really divine SSB!

  2. hahah i totally know how you feel. i get a little paranoid when my gaming friends addressed me as my in game nick on my facebook too -_-" your cake looks buttery and moist!

  3. 呵呵,我也是没什么朋友知道我有写东西贴网,觉得那样比较自在:)

  4. Like you, only some of family members and friends know about the existence of my blog, for the same reason as yours :))
    This orange cake looks delicious, especially with a cup of hot tea or coffee!

  5. Great light and moist texture. We miss your bake :)

  6. Nice cake you have there, looks good with the zest topping.

  7. It's moist & fluffy, that made the cake looks so yummy.

  8. hey SSB,

    I also didn't inform most of my friends about my blog. Only close friends and my family will know about it. My family doesn't know about me being bakertan, lol

    thats a nice orange butter cake, fluffy, tender and moist.

  9. me too! the blogging me is hardly known to others apart from my other half cos its our shared blog (thought i'm the one who does all the writing!)

    the cake must smell real good when it comes out from the oven.

    oh yeah, welcome back! :)

  10. Jess, CaThY, Ah Tze, Wen, olivia, DG: Thanks! Do try it! :)

    Jean: So far no one has called me ssb yet. I'm just paranoid. :)

    鲸鱼蓝蓝蓝: 原来不只是我而已。我也觉得比较自在,因为有时真得很想在这里complain一些事情,又怕熟人看到!:)

    quizzine: Hehe, luckily I'm not the only one. I thought I'm just weird.

    Ellena: Thanks! I also hope to bake more often but it's difficult now. Will be over soon in 1 or 2 months time. :)

    Bakertan: You too? It makes blogging a bit difficult, cos I have to take photos when they are not around. Haha!

    Alan: I think only less than 5 people know about my blog. I have more friends in the virtual world than in the real life! :)

  11. SAME HERE! my friends know that i bake but they dont know that i blog. i dont wish that they know about my blog so that there's no much worries about them reading it (: anyways, the texture of the cake look sooo AWESOME! (: (: im sure it smells good and taste yummy!

  12. A slice of your orange cake would go well with a cuppa tea!

  13. Me too. At first, I told my friends about my blog, but then realise that there is a lot of restriction in the freedom of speech. Anyway, I closed that account because of that reason. Hehe...

  14. I don't think you are writing anything close to nonsense in your blog. :)) lovely orange butter cake, should try it out one of these days. :)

  15. Love the texture of this cake! Thanks for sharing this, will try it some day. bake and blog because of AB. Otherwise, you'll probably be too busily tucked away... :P Good thing for AB!

  16. Jasmine: Surprise! So you are same as me. :)

    busygran: I had it for breakfast and tea, really good!

    hanushi: Really! So many of us share the same thoughts! I guess we are writing our blog just like writing our own diary, so it is good to keep it private. :)

    Honey Bee Sweets: Nonsense in the sense that writing something private about myself and occasional complaints about somebody and do not want our close ones to read it. Haha!

    Jane: It is true! I started it partly because I need some motivation to bake at least once a month. But in the end I didn't make it because of some reasons. Maybe can complain about it here one day. :)

  17. Please check this out.


  18. Wow.. the texture looks marvellous... it's making me drool !

  19. Hi dear,

    Please check this out!


  20. love the texture and the golden color here. Initially i started my blog too with just one or 2 close friends knowing..not that i wld eb writing some silly stuff but maybe a little shy and not so confident but now since it has been running for months, it's a different feeling, motivated and yeah, a little more confident, hehe!

  21. my family dunno too, but recently my nieces found out, hope they don't tell anyone :x your cake looks fluffy and love the orange bits on top.

  22. Edith and Honey boy: Thanks for the award!

    Joyce: Thanks! Do try it out someday!

    Lena: Oh yes, you reminded me, initially I was also a bit shy to tell people about my blog. So it remains a secret for a few months before I told anyone.

    Wiffy: Hey you should let all your family & friends know. You have such a great blog. Oh, I think some may going to find out my blog soon, as I know they are also blog-hopping. Hoping not. Haha!

  23. Actually I have so long did not bake this cake, too many good recipes to try, hehehe. Next time, I also want to use orange instead.

  24. SSB, yummy! butter cake and fruits - perfect combo!

  25. Sonia: Thanks for sharing this recipe. I will also like to try the lemon version too.

    Alice: Thanks! Try it too! :)

  26. hi SSB, here is an award for u:

  27. SSB .. did I add you as real name or SSB? I think I do not know your real name, or perhaps I have forgotten cos SSB is much easier to remember for a forgetful old lady like me.

    hmm smell so nice (am sure it does while you are baking it) .. luckily you said it is not so heavy and greasy .. cos the word butter scares me, the fat forgetful old lady. hahaha

  28. Sherlyn: You added to my real name and 'like' my ssb page as well. Maybe you got too many friends lah so forget about me. My real name is Sze Nee. :)

  29. ok, now I know Sze Nee .. i often chat with you using this name ... haiz, I do not hv much friends lah , but really forgetful :(

  30. Sherlyn: Nevermind, now you know. :)

  31. Hi, your Orange Cake looks really good. Gotta bake it someday. I did an Orange Upside Down just last week. Will share with you and the rest one of these days:)

  32. Hi Ken, thanks for visiting. Great to find another baking blog. :)

  33. hi,

    hope you'll reply asap because i would like to make the cake tonight.

    my question is why did you reduce the sugar, is the cake a bit sweet?

    if i reduce it like yours, will the taste be "just nice" or "little bit tawar"?


    p/s: sorry for my english

  34. Anonymous: Hope I'm not too late to reply. I usually reduce the sugar because my family prefer cakes that are not too sweet. Basically it's for healthy reason. Plus the orange glaze also contains sugar so I do not want my cake to be overly-sweet. The result is good. I think it's just personally preference. Hope you like the recipe. :)

  35. Hi SSB, love it!. I sprinkle some chocolate chips on top and it taste great too. I can't wait to try out your rock bun recipe. Has been ages since I made them during home econs.

  36. Glad that you like it! You can make lemon flavour too. Yes, I miss the rock buns and the memories. :)