This zesty orange buttermilk cake with marmalade cream cheese icing is perfect for when you're craving a slice of cake. It's soft, moist and ideal for snack time as well as dessert!
I made a few rather relaxed new year resolutions this year. So far I've managed to keep them fairly well. I've been running. Once. I've eaten some fruit and vegetables. Quite a lot actually. I've limited the amount of sweet things I've eaten. Well, I have limited myself, but only after eating quite a lot first! Erm I probably haven't lost any weight but let's just forget about that resolution for now. After all, it's not easy when my cake resolution conflicts with all those earlier ones.
Make more Cakes? Yes, that's the plan
You see, I'm hoping in 2015 to make more cakes and to attempt to decorate them. Well, here's my first cake of 2015 - a soft moist orange buttermilk cake with cream cheese marmalade icing. The cake was definitely a success. I would have eaten this happily with no icing on at all and not felt anything was missing. But then, as far as eating goes, I'll always rank cake above icing.
The Marmalade Cream Cheese icing
Even so, I wanted to make the icing. It's a cream cheese icing with orange marmalade added to it I was hoping it was going to be thick enough to pipe into swirly flowers on top of the cake. Unfortunately the marmalade makes it a little too thin for piping. I added a little extra icing sugar and it still wasn't thick enough. You can get a bit of a drip though and drip cakes are always good!
The marmalade icing may not have been thick enough for my plans but I kept dipping my fingers in. I loved the flavour the marmalade gave the icing and didn't want to lose it. In the end I gave up my hopes for appearance in return for taste. After all, there's always more time to practice decorating a cake.
What kind of marmalade is best for the cream cheese icing?
Ideally it is best to use a marmalade without peel in to make the icing. I used one with thick cut peel so it was easy to remove the peel before making it. However, if you and your family are real marmalade lovers you may like to use thin peel and leave it in.
Can you adapt this orange buttermilk cake?
You could easily adapt this buttermilk cake recipe to make it lime, lemon or even grapefruit flavoured. Any citrus fruit would work really well. Just make sure you buy unwaxed citrus fruit if you are going to make it into a cake.
How long does it stay fresh?
This cake stays really moist for at least three days.
The inspiration for this buttermilk cake
The recipe was slightly adapted from this one on Daring Gourmet.
Orange Buttermilk Cake Recipe with Marmalade Cream Cheese Icing
Orange Buttermilk Cake
- 250 g plain flour
- 1.5 teaspoon baking powder
- 200 g caster sugar
- 2 eggs
- 230 ml buttermilk
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 orange zested and juiced (juice is for the icing)
- 60 g butter melted
Ingredients for the marmalade cream cheese icing
- 40 g marmalade Ideally one without peel
- 110 g cream cheese
- 60 g butter
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 260 g icing sugar
- Preheat the oven to 180C. Grease and line the bottom of an 18cm round cake tin
- Sift the flour and baking powder together and set aside.
- Put the sugar and eggs in a large mixing bowl and beat until pale.
- Add the buttermilk, vanilla extract and orange zest and continue to whisk. Then whisk in the melted butter.
- Fold in the flour and then whisk briefly just to make sure it has combined.
- Pour the mixture into the cake tin. Bake in the oven for 45 - 55 minutes.
- Test whether it is cooked by inserting a skewer. It should come out dry. Let the cake cool for 5 minutes in the tin and then turn it out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
- Make the icing by beating together all the ingredients except the sugar. Also add one tablespoon of the squeezed orange juice. As I used coarse shred marmalade I took out the pieces of peel to make a smooth icing. When smooth, add the sugar and continue to beat. Add a little extra icing sugar to make a thicker icing if it's too thin.
- If you want, cut the cake in half horizontally and spread a third of the icing in the middle. Spread the rest of the icing onto the top of the cake.
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