Blood orange honey cake with vanilla yoghurt

At this time of year we try and incorporate as many blood oranges into recipes as possible! Cakes always go down well as a treat, and this one is dairy-free too if you don’t serve the yoghurt.

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From the garden: eggs, blood oranges
Recipe source: adapted from a recipe by Melissa Klemke for Kidspot

Equipment:

  • A large cake tin
  • Pastry brush
  • Baking paper
  • Measuring: cup, ½ cup, teaspoon, ½ teaspoon
  • Microplane zester
  • Bowls – 2 big
  • Electric mixer
  • Citrus juicer
  • Skewer
  • Wire rack
  • Serving plates
Ingredients:

  • 2½ cups self raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup raw caster sugar
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 blood oranges
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 200ml natural Greek yoghurt
  • 1 tablespoon white caster sugar

 

What to do:

  • Preheat oven to 170°C.
  • Brush the cake tin with a little vegetable oil and then line with baking paper.
  • Using the microplane, carefully zest the blood oranges.
  • Juice the oranges and mix the zest with the juice.
  • Mix the eggs, honey, raw caster sugar and vegetable oil in a large bowl.
  • Sift flour, baking powder, bicarb soda and cinnamon into another bowl.
  • Using the electric mixer, mix in the flour and orange juice/zest alternately until all combined.
  • Pour into the greased & lined tin.
  • Bake in oven for 40 minutes, checking after the 30 minute mark – use the skewer test to check that it is cooked.
  • Meanwhile, if making the vanilla yoghurt: halve the vanilla pod and scrape the seeds from inside each half. Mix these into the yoghurt with the tablespoon of white caster sugar. Chill until ready to serve.
  • When the cake is cooked, turn out on wire rack and cool before cutting.
  • Divide among serving plates and serve with the vanilla yoghurt if needed.

Notes: Why do we grease and line the tin? What do baking powder and bicarb soda do?

 

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