This sticky orange marmalade loaf cake is quick and easy to make, packed with flavour and a real tea time treat!
Orange Marmalade Loaf Cake
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!
How to make Orange Marmalade Loaf Cake
Step one – Butter a 1lb/15cm/6″ loaf tin, and line it with baking parchment. Heat the oven to 160°C (fan)/ 320°F/gas mark 4.
Step two – Beat butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy. I like to use an electric whisk.
Step three – Whisk the eggs into the butter and sugar mixture.
Step four – Sift the flour. Fold in the remaining dry ingredients – the flour, salt and baking powder.
Step five – Fold in the marmalade and milk. Work gently to form a batter.
Step six – Transfer the mixture to the loaf tin.
Step seven – Bake. Loaf cakes are thicker than those baked in normal cake tins, so will take longer to cook. This one takes about 50 to 55 minutes. Check as normal with a skewer or toothpick. Keep an eye on the cake, and if the top has browned but the cake isn’t fully cooked, then cover it with foil.
When developing and testing this recipe, we also tried the cake just with orange zest in the batter, and the marmalade used as the glaze. The double marmalade, however, is undoubtedly better. This recipe would also be ideal for using up a half jar of crystallized dried out marmalade from the back of the fridge. Simply stir 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 should 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 first and then add the marmalade. If you try the other way round, you will never get rid of the lumps of icing sugar.
This is a cake to enjoy at any time of day. It works really well as a pudding or dessert at the end of a meal, served with cream. For a real touch of luxury, stir a little marmalade through the cream. Or for a absolutely traditional British moment, a slice at tea-time, with a mug of tea (from a proper pot) really hits the mark. Taking a few quite moments with a cup of tea and slice of cake is a great way to relax.
Love loaf cakes? Then check out my Frozen Yogurt Cakes Two Ways!
Sticky Orange Marmalade Loaf Cake
For the cake
For the icing
- 1 tbsp marmalade
- 50 g icing sugar
- 1 tbsp warm water
For the cake
- Preheat oven to 160°C (fan)/ 320°F/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.
For the sticky marmalade glaze
- 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.
- This recipe is 13 Weight Watchers Smart Points per portion