Saturday, 25 February 2012

Orange and Passion Fruit Cake

A few weeks back I bought The Boy who Bakes by Edd Kimber after reading good reviews about it. Edd Kimber was the winner of BBC Two series The Great British Bake Off in 2010 and his recipes are testament to why he won. During an afternoon spent flicking through the book I decided this Orange and Passion Fruit Cake was to be the first recipe I tried. This moist but not too sweet orange cake delivered a fresh and tropical taste with it's fragrant passion fruit glaze. Definitely a must bake and one I will make again!

Orange and Passion Fruit Cake

Serves 10

225g unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus extra for greasing
225g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
255g caster sugar
zest of 2 large oranges
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
juice of 1 orange

For the passion fruit glaze:
3 passion fruits
125g icing sugar

Preheat the oven to 180oC/fan 160oC/gas mark 4. Butter a 2lb/900g loaf tin and line with a strip of baking parchment leaving about 2.5cm or so to hang over the edges, to make removing the cake easier. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl, and set aside.

Using an electric mixer beat the butter, 225g of the sugar and the zest until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Beat in the eggs and 3 tbsp orange juice, a little at a time, until fully incorporated.

Using a spatula, fold in the flour mixture. Scrape into the prepared tin, then level the top. Bake for 50-55 minutes or until risen and golden, and a cocktail stick inserted into the centre comes out clean.

While the cake is baking, make the syrup by putting the remaining orange juice and sugar into a small pan and simmering for a few minutes or until the sugar has dissolved.

Make holes all over the cake using a cocktail stick or skewer and brush with the orange syrup, allowing it to soak into the cake. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

To make the glaze, scoop out the seeds and pulp from the passion fruits and press through a sieve, retaining about 1 tbsp of the seeds. Mix the juice, icing sugar and reserved seeds together until thick and smooth, then pour over the cake, letting it drip down the sides.


Choclette said...

No that sounds like a cake that might disappear very quickly in our house! It looks delicious Maria.

Gabi said...

This sounds so good.I love passion fruit.I will have to try this.

Debs B said...

Made this today.....looks fab x

Unknown said...

Looks lovely, I've never tried passion fruit before, but your picture looks really nice (and my nan liked the look of the loaf cake too!). The works currently have Ed's book for £5.99 so I may purchase it next pay day x

Chele said...

Did you say passionfruit??? I'm all over that bad boy like a rash!

Kelly-Jane said...

Your cake looks fabulous!

I've baked a couple of things from Edd's book, but will put this one on my to make list now.

The Caked Crusader said...

What a nice looking cake! Lovely photos too

Kitschnbake said...

Ooh lovely! Last time I made Passionfruit cake I used some Passoa in the frosting. It was divine.

Gloria Baker said...

MarĂ­a This look absolutely amkazing and delicious! love this cake!

Paula said...

Looks amazing! i would like to share with you a traditional tart from the north of Spain(Santiago de Compostela.A pilgrimage town in Galicia) when I'm come from. It's made with eggs, ground almonds, sugar, flour. It's call Tarta de Santiago( Santiago's Almond Tart) It's easy moisture and srummy delicious. If I can translate the recipe I would like to share it to you because your a great cook and you'll made it perfect and enjoy it as a dessert or with a cup of coffee. Paula.

Jo said...

A really lovely looking cake. I made Edd's Raspberry Ripple layer cake which was mostly successful (I made a mistake with the icing!) I think I might try this recipe next.

Lucy said...

I saw this book in a shop the other day and was immediately drawn to this recipe. Can't wait to give it a try - looks delicious!

Kim said...

Oooh this is going onto my 'to bake' list, it looks and sounds delicious! I've never tried passion fruit other than in a drink but I like the sound of it. Great photos too!