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Simple Orange Cake with Orange Frosting

in Diana's Recipe Book

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Servings: 6
A quick and easy cake to make, especially during the warmer months when you want to get in and out of the hot kitchen fast and still have a lovely little cake to serve your guests.

1/2 cup (1 stick/4 oz./113g) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces, plus extra for greasing pan
2 eggs
1/2 cup superfine or caster sugar
1 3/4 cups confectioner's sugar
Scant 1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
Juice of 2 oranges, strained

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F/180 degrees C. Grease a 8 or 9-inch round cake pan with butter.

Melt the butter in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water. Whisk together the eggs, superfine sugar and half the confectioner's sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Stir in the melted butter. Sift the flour and baking powder into the mixture, mix well and gently stir in half the orange juice.

Pour the mixture into the prepared cake pan and bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine the remaining orange juice and the remaining confectioner's sugar in a bowl. Remove the cake from the oven and let cool, then turn out onto a serving plate. Spread the orange frosting evenly over the cake and let set in a cool place.

Makes 6 servings.

Date: June 16, 2007

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