It’s that time of year when you can get creative with Christmas themed baking, today’s recipe I’m going to share with you is for festive fresh orange cakes that I baked a few days ago.
100g caster sugar
100g salted butter
100g self-raising flour (x2 approx.)
2 free-range eggs
Makes 12 cakes.
After stirring together the butter and sugar, I beat the eggs into the mixture using an electric whisk. After adding 100g of the flour I squeezed the orange and added the juice to the mixture, I then chucked in a heap of flour (I didn’t measure it, just chucked it in, but at a guess I’d say it was about the same amount I’d added the first time) and stirred it all together.
I checked the consistency by heaping some mixture up on a spoon and seeing how easily it fell (to make sure it wasn’t too liquid after adding the orange juice). You could always add the second lot of flour a bit a time if you aren’t sure of the amount until you get a consistency you are happy with. I find it should just about stay hanging on the spoon and not pour like cream.
Preheat the oven to 180C.
For the cakes not in cases, I greased the tray with butter and flour using a piece of greaseproof paper.
Even if you don’t have a Christmas themed baking tray you can still give them a Christmas vibe by using some cute cases like I did for half the mixture here (or add a Christmas themed edible decoration on top of each cake once they are baked!)
I baked these for around 15 minutes, as usual I checked them with a skewer to make sure they were fully cooked when I got them out the oven. I baked these in the bottom oven (which has two shelves instead of the top one which just has one) I’m finding cakes are baking better in the bottom oven, they don’t end up looking burnt around the edges like they seem to in the top oven.
The cakes might not have the strongest taste of orange but they certainly have a nice flavour, my parents have really enjoyed them too! It’s nice to bake with Christmas bakeware as well, I got the tray I used for the shaped cakes years ago but the cases were a recent purchase from Tesco (the napkin was from there as well, we really wanted the table cloth to go with it but after two attempts at ordering it, it wasn’t meant to be!)
Have you done any Christmas baking yet this year?