After a hard day wandering around Wells recently, taking in the sights and exploring the cathedral, I felt the need for tea and cake. In the cafe they had plenty of choice, most of which I had tried before, but I couldn’t remember having spicy orange cake. So I tried it. I really liked the classic flavours of orange and cinnamon, but it was a little too sweet even before taking into consideration the layer of butter cream in the middle and on top. So, my version is a Super Spicy Orange Apple Cake, which is less sweet, has apple, more spices and no butter cream at all.
Method for making Spicy Orange Apple Cake:
160g self raising flour
75g wholemeal flour
1 teasp baking powder
Cloves – about 8 – ground up in a pestle and mortar
2 teasp ground cinnamon
1 teasp ground mixed spice
110g muscovado sugar
Zest of 2 oranges and about 8 tabs orange juice
250g apples (whatever sort you have)
Demerara sugar for sprinkling
- Grease the cake tins with butter. I used mini loaf tins, but you could use a standard 2lb loaf tin.
- Pre-heat the oven to 160C fan.
- Mix the flours, baking powder, spices and sugar and rub in the butter. The amount of spice is a matter of personal taste, and you do need to be cautious with cloves as they have a powerful taste that is not to everyone’s liking.
- Mix in the egg and the orange juice. It should now be a normal cake batter consistency.
- Peel and core the apples and cut into quite small cubes.
- Add the diced apple and orange zest and mix.
- Spoon into the cake tins and bake for about 30mins (obviously more if you are making one large loaf – about 1 hr)
Would I make this again?
Yes. A very tasty cake that works well with a spoonful of yoghurt on top. The apple keeps it moist. I may even add more cinnamon and cloves next time.