This sticky orange marmalade loaf cake is quick and easy to make, packed with flavour and a real tea time treat
Cakes are a welcome treat in almost any situation, and a cake like this sticky marmalade loaf cake, which can be whipped together is a few minutes is a particularly quick and easy treat. I’d like to think that if he had been offered a slice Paddington would have kept a piece of cake, rather than a marmalade sandwich under his hat.
While toast and marmalade for breakfast is an absolutely quintessentially British classic, this cake is a great way of enjoying the bitter flavours at other times of day. But don’t feel that you can only make this cake with home-made marmalade – a pot of ready-made will work just as well. proper marmalade is so much more than just an orange jam – it is made from bitter Seville oranges; available for a few short weeks at the start of the year in January, which are simmer, the peel shredded then cooked with sugar to make the “jam”. If you make your own it is best to leave it for a year before eating, we are currently enjoying the last of the 2008 vintage!
This is a straightforward cake to make: beat the butter and sugar together until they are pale and fluffy, beat in the eggs and then fold in the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder and salt. Finally, add the marmalade and milk. Transfer the batter to a greased and lined loaf tin, and it’s ready for the oven. As it’s a loaf cake, a so a little thicker than round cakes , it does take a little while to cook – about 50/55 minutes. For cakes that this loaf cake which need a longer bake keep and eye on them and once the top has browned cover it with foil.
When developing and testing this recipe we tried the cake just with orange zest in the batter, and the marmalade only used as the glaze, but the double marmalade is undoubtedly better. This recipe would also be ideal for using up a half jar of crystallised dried out marmalade form the back of the fridge or cupboard. Simply srit in a little water and microwave in 10 second bursts to soften before stirring into the batter.
A loaf cake is really all about the flavour, and not the decoration. Don’t spend ages worrying about the looks, and that this cake doesn’t look like an entry for the village fete best decorated cake competition; just enjoy the taste. It’s best to wait a while before pouring the marmalade drizzle on top; the cake wants to be warm enough to absorb the drizzle, but not so hot that it gets all runny and runs off. When you make the drizzle mix the icing sugar and water, then add the marmalade. If you try the other way round you will never get rid of the lumps of icing sugar.
This cake can be enjoyed at any time of day; it works really well as a pudding or dessert at the end of a meal, served with cream that’s been whipped with some more marmalade stirred through. Or for a absolutely traditional British moment, having slice at tea-time, with a mug of tea – that has been made in a pot – really hits the mark. Taking a few quite moments with a cup of tea and slice of cake is a great way of relaxing, and taking a moment away from the stresses of everyday life.
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- 120 g unsalted butter allowed to soften
- 100 g caster sugar
- 2 eggs lightly beaten
- 120 g plain flour
- 1 ½ tsp baking powder
- 3 tbsp Seville orange marmalade
- 2 tbsp milk
- 1 tbsp marmalade
- 50 g icing sugar
- 1 tbsp warm water
For the cake
Preheat oven to 160C (fan)/gas mark 4. Butter a 15cm/6" loaf tin, and line with baking parchment/silicone paper.
Beat the butter with a wooden spoon or electric mixer until creamy. Add the sugar and beat until the mixture lightens in colour and becomes fluffy
Beat in the eggs. Mix together the flour, salt and baking powder well in a separate bowl, and add to the butter, sugar and egg mixture. Fold in the flour. Add the marmalade and milk, and fold in as well.
Spoon the mixture into the loaf tin and spread. Bake for about 50 – 55 mins until golden brown and firm to the touch, and when a cocktail stick is poked into the cake it comes out clean. Allow to cool for 5 minutes then run a round blade knife round the inside of he tin and turn out onto a wire rack.
Sift the icing sugar into a bowl, add the warm water and mix. Stir in the marmalade. Spoon the mix over the cake, letting it run down the sides. Leave to set before cutting.
Keep an eye on the cake whilst it is baking and once it is golden brown loosely cover with foil to stop it over browning, for the rest of the cooking time.
Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.