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.