Orange Marmalade Cake

I’ve spent most of the last week stuck to the sofa with a really bad back. It’s been no fun at all. I may constantly tweet about my love of crappy reality cook shows but the amusement factor ends when you watch them for hours on end because you have nothing else to do. After a painful visit to the Osteopath (which involved bone cracking moves that I thought only happened in films), I was feeling particularly sorry for myself. I was bored, lonely and in pain. Apart from a miraculous recovery only one thing could make me feel better…cake. Unfortunately, I was in no fit state to make that happen.

Yesterday was the first day all week where I felt able to move about. I wanted to push myself to get a little more active and spent the morning getting small jobs done around the house. I was a little sore afterwards but figured I could probably get a cake together if I rested for a few hours. I had plans to go see my good pal Jenny over at Spice Box of Earth for a nice meal and a few movies that evening and didn’t want to turn up empty handed. 
A couple of episodes of Cutthroat Kitchen later and I was ready to bake. Wanting to branch out from chocolate, I decided to use up the orange marmalade I’ve had kicking about my kitchen cupboards for a while. I’d like to say I did something really creative with it, but I wanted to get a batter together and in the oven quick, so it’s just a simple marmalade cake, but for the cake deprived and the miserable, this was heaven.
Orange Marmalade Cake
For the cake:
  • 175g dairy free margarine
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 2 pots of vanilla soya dessert (I couldn’t get my hands on soya yoghurt but 1 cup of that would work)
  • 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 175g self raising flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 tbsp orange marmalade
  • 2 tbsp water or soya milk
For the glaze
  • more marmalade
  • icing sugar & water
  1. Grease your cake tin and preheat the oven to 180C.
  2. In a large bowl cream together the marg and sugar.
  3. Add the dessert and vanilla. Mix until smooth.
  4. Fold in the flour, baking powder and salt.
  5. Stir in the marmalade and water before pouring the batter into the cake tin.
  6. Bake for 50-55 minutes. Leave the cake in the tin to cool. Use a knife to poke a few holes into the top of the cake, brush some marmalade on top while it’s still warm. Do another coat when it’s cooled and then make a glaze with the icing sugar and some warm water. Pour all over the cake, don’t worry about making it look neat, this is not that kind of cake.
This was so simple and delicious. The marmalade gave the sponge all the flavour with minimal effort, no bloody zesting and juicing of oranges for me! I had this batter together within 5 minutes and the rest was easy. I served mine with custard and it was perfect.
The cake was much appreciated by Jenny and her adorable pooch Vulpe too.
I’m hoping this cake has healing powers, I’ve just had the last slice I brought home but I left Jenny with the rest. Jenny was also in pain last night after a bike accident, so fingers crossed the cake has the same effect on her as it has on me!

5 thoughts on “Orange Marmalade Cake

  1. Sounds like a good honest cake – I don't like marmalade so I have been known to use up marmalade in cake when we end up with some in the kitchen. Hope your back is feeling better and if not that you get inspired by some great cooking shows 🙂


  2. oh man, speaking of marmalade I would suggest you somehow obtain copies of an 80s Australian kids tv show called Pugwall. It was about these young high school kids who had a band called The Orange Organics and there was a rival band (like Jem and the Holograms). Anyway Pugwall's sister was Marian but he called her Marmaloid (the mum was Soups and the dad was Herohead). Much better than watching reality cooking shows, ha ha! Here, come and share a time with me:


  3. Oooh I have some orange marmalade kicking about too and aside from for jaffa cakes I haven't been quite sure what to do with it. This might be just the thing! I really hope your back's feeling better soon, being in pain all the time is no fun at all.


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