Tea Time Treats ~ January 2013: Citrus Fruits for a Zingy Start to the New Year!

Fresh Orange Layer Cake with Citrus Curd Buttercream

Fresh Orange Layer Cake with Citrus Curd Buttercream

~ Tea Time Treats ~

January 2013:

Citrus Fruits for a Zingy Start to the New Year! 

Tea Time Treats

Hello Tea Time Treats Bakers! Happy New Year and may all your hopes and dreams come true in 2013! It’s with a zingy flourish that I reveal to you the Tea Time Treats January theme……it’s all about FRUIT for January, and the fruits are……….CITRUS fruits! You can bake or make anything with citrus fruits in for our tea-time table: oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruit or kumquats……as well as clementines, satsumas, tangerines etc. You can bake cakes, scones, bread, tray bakes or make marmalade, it’s ALL suitable for January’s Tea Time Treats theme this month! 

Chocolate Orange Drizzle Cake

Chocolate Orange Drizzle Cake

You could make a Lemon Drizzle cake, or some Orange Pancakes……or how about some grapefruit marmalade or even a marmalade bread and butter pudding; all citrus fruits are welcome and not just cakes and bakes; jams, conserves, chutney and marmalade are welcome as well as bread, biscuits and  sticky puddings! Anything citrus is welcome at the January Tea Time Treats table. 

Apricot & Orange Chutney

Apricot & Orange Chutney

Last month’s theme was Chocolate and was hosted by Kate, do pop over to see the round-up here: December Tea Time Treats Round Up! Chocolate can be used in January too, as long as there are citrus fruits added! So, here we are a brand new year and a brand new Tea Time Treats! Kate and I would like to wish a very Happy New Year to all of our loyal TTT bakers, here’s to another year of fabulous cakes, bakes, breads, biscuits and preserves!

Lemon Drizzle & Poppy Seed Cake

Karen xxx

Fresh Orange Cake with Citrus Buttercream

Serves 8 to 10
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 25 minutes
Total time 40 minutes
Region British
By author Karen S Burns-Booth
A beautiful light fresh orange cake with a tangy citrus curd buttercream filling and topping.



  • 4 large eggs, weighed in their shells
  • butter or soft margarine ~ same weight as the eggs
  • caster sugar ~ same weight as the eggs
  • self-rising flour~ same weight as the eggs
  • zest of 2 oranges
  • juice of 1 orange


  • 4 ozs softened butter
  • 8 ozs sifted icing sugar
  • juice of 1 orange
  • 4 to 6 tablespoons St Clement's curd


  • jellied sweets such as oranges and lemons
  • hundreds and thousands


  1. Alternative measurements:
  2. 4 eggs
  3. 8 ounces soft margarine or butter
  4. 8 ounces caster sugar
  5. 8 ounces SR flour


Step 1 The measurements for this recipe are equal amounts of sugar, flour and fat to the weight of the eggs; therefore, weigh the eggs first – if the eggs weigh 8 ounces, you will use 8 ounces of sugar, 8 ounces of butter or margarine and 8 ounces of flour. If the eggs weigh 6 ounces, all the other ingredients will be 6 ounces – easy!
Step 2 Set oven Gas 4, 160C (fan oven), 180C or 360F: grease and base line the bottom of 2 x 8” sandwich tins – cake tins.
Step 3 Cream margarine or butter together with the sugar, until light and fluffy, then add the grated orange zest.
Beat the eggs, and then add them to the mixture, gradually and beating well after each addition.
Sieve the flour and fold into the mixture with a metal spoon. Add orange juice to the cake mixture to loosen it, it should be soft dropping consistency.
Step 4 Divide equally between the 2 prepared tins and bake for 25 minutes in the middle of the oven.
Remove and allow to cool for 1-2 minutes.
Step 5 Remove from the tins and cool on wire racks, then sandwich the cakes together with the buttercream when cold, to avoid the buttercream melting. Spread the buttercream on the top of the cakes and decorate with jellied sweets and hundreds and thousands. Place on an attractive cake stand or plate, and serve in dainty wedges with freshly brewed tea.
Step 6 To make the buttercream: Add the sifted icing sugar to the softened butter and mix well until thick and creamy; add the orange juice to make a softer buttercream and then add the citrus curd, spoon by spoon until desired consistency has been achieved. Use as above.
Lemon Drizzle Cake

Lemon Drizzle Cake: Photo – BBC

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  1. says

    Dear Karen,

    I wish you a happy New Year as well. Citrus – it is a great theme to start January with :-) I am in the thinking box on what to make for this month tea table.

    Many kitchen greetings _ Kirsten

  2. says

    Lovely Karen, I do like a bit of citrus zing! I made a load of lemon marmalade before Christmas and have been wandering what to do with it – I shall wander some more.

  3. Carol Rowley says

    so nice and refreshing after all the richness of mince pies and Christmas cake, think I’ll try lemon, grapefruit or orange to see what i like best.

  4. Emma Carter says

    I love the sound of this cake! It’ll make a refreshingly light change from all the heavy Christmas stodge lately! I’ve got a lot of birthdays coming up in the next two months so I think I’ll be trying this out for one of the cakes that I’ll be baking :)

  5. Julie Guy says

    My daughter loves making cakes, so I’m going to ask her to make the Fresh Orange Cake with Citrus Buttercream. It’s just what you need after all the chocolate over Christmas.

  6. says

    The citrus cake looks like an interesting take on the lemon cake I usually make. I might have to try it out, it looks delicious!

    Becky x

  7. Meryl Rees says

    This looks really good, I love lemon and orange cakes, anything fresh and tasty. I’ll be trying this one, thank you :)

  8. Danielle Woodman says

    Wow these look amazing, I am definitely a big fan of any cake with lemon in, have bookmarked to try out very soon

  9. ClairejB says

    This looks and sounds amazing, I could do with something citrus based as a change from all the chocolate I’ve consumed over Christmas and New Year! :)

  10. WandaFish says

    My first visit here and I’m so glad I stopped by! Your orange cake with citrus buttercream sounds divine and I can’t wait to try it :)
    Now I’m off to check out your 5:2 diet recipes!

  11. Jenny Leonard says

    I adore Lemon Drizzle Cake, but I’ve never used or eaten orange in a cake like this. It sounds and looks fabulous. I shall definitely be giving it a try in the near future :)

  12. Jo Kelly says

    I love tangy cakes – tangy anything really. I don’t have a super sweet tooth so I like my desserts to have either a tang or a saltiness to it. These look delish! Thanks x

  13. Destiny Rising says

    The Fresh Orange Layer Cake with Citrus Curd Buttercream looks divine! I shall be trying this and following your recipe. Thank you


    I love Lemon Drizzle – have never baked with oranges before – will have to give it a try! xoxo

  15. Vohn says

    Yum! I think I’ll make the citrus buttercream for a chocolate cake for my stepdaughters birthday on the 25th. Chocolate & lime I think – my fav sweets! xx

  16. Sharon Hingley says

    I love Lemon & citrus’y flavours and this looks gorgeous. May well give it a go for my girly get together this weekend.

  17. Hazel Christopher says

    Oh this looks yummy (All your recipes do!) – I’m not a huge fan of cake but this looks really light and tempting.

  18. Dee says

    I absolutely love lemon cakes..inface any lemon dessert. I love to drizzle icing sugar mixed with lemon juice on my cakes, gives them a lovely crunchy zingy taste.

  19. Emma O says

    This is such a nice, original recipe.. I’m a bit of a novice but will have to give a try – will be good to attempt something that’s not too sickly! :)

  20. Dee Johnson says

    I love any kind of lemon cake or pudding… will be giving this on a go too. Saving all the recipes for dark days when i cant get out of the house. Only me likes lemon cakes so this one will be all eaten by moi

  21. K Mayers says

    A nice theme Karen, and a lovely recipe too – which will be served up to the family this weekend – they always expect something after dinner when they call :-)

  22. Julie Jones says

    The lemon drizzle cake looks delicious, whenever I bake them the edges seem to be overdone before the rest of the cake is finished.

  23. Wendy Tolhurst says

    Love the zingy cake idea for the new year. I have been trying out a cake pop maker the kids got for Christmas. I have been making lemon cake pops and then dipping them in a syrup (sugar & lemon juice) before placing in the freezer to chill and set. Delicious bite size pieces – but takes so long to make enough cake pops for a family of six!

  24. Leigh Larkin says

    That orange cake looks delicious! Going to pass the recipe onto my sister who is most definitely the cake maker of the family!

  25. Helen says

    This looks delicious; I would maybe add a thin spread of lemon (or even lime) curd to the centre of the cake before adding the buttercream, it looks so moist; this is my next baking feat.


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