Introduction: Simple Orange Loaf Cake Recipe

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Surprise your family or friends by baking this orange loaf (or bread as it was originally called)! A perfect treat for a coffee/tea break and absolutely delicious when butter with jam or honey are spread over.

So last week I came across a recipe for Orange Bread (from a book – Bread, Cakes & Biscuits by Mary Norwak). I have found this pretty old cook book in the library. And guess what! There are no pictures at all! Not even one! Normally I wouldn’t be interested in a cook book without pictures because I really prefer seeing the dish first but I was somehow intrigued by this book with 500 bread/cake/biscuits recipes and I just couldn’t help myself but taking it home to have a closer look at it.

Well, so I baked the orange loaf. It turned out well but it was way too sweet to my liking (even after reducing the original amount of sugar stated in the recipe) so I made it again a few days ago. I’ve added more flour, omitted milk and salt completely and again changed the amount of sugar.

I was pleasantly surprised by its taste. Some people might find it not sweet enough but I personally prefer adding some extra sweetness in a form of jam or honey (spread over it) rather than eating something that is overloaded with sugar.


For a stronger orangey flavor, right after taking out from the oven pour over freshly squeezed orange juice.

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Step 1: Ingredients:

2 Large Oranges

300g Plain Flour

150g Caster Sugar

80g Butter

Orange zest (optional)

2 Small-Medium Eggs

3 Teaspoons Baking Powder

Makes: 1 Loaf

Time: Baking – 1 hour

Step 2: Method:

In a large bowl whisk the eggs with sugar until smooth and pale.

Add orange zest (from ½ orange), freshly squeezed juice from 2 oranges and softened butter. Mix.

Sift in the flour and baking powder (mix these two ingredients beforehand) and mix using electric mixer.

Pour the batter into a loaf tin lined with baking paper. Watch our video how to line cake tins:

Bake in a preheated oven (190⁰C for 1 hour or until an inserted skewer comes out clean).

When ready, take out from the oven and let it cool down a bit before transferring onto a wired rack to cool completely.


As mentioned above, for an extra orangey flavor pour freshly squeezed orange juice right after it has been taken out the oven.

Serve with butter, jam or honey and your favorite cup of tea/coffee.

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