Cake, Cake, Cake……
Fresh Orange Layer Cake with Citrus Curd Buttercream
I have been a bit lacking on the cake front lately, and I DO love a good cake too, but diets and time have dictated that cake has been off the menu recently, until today that is. I awoke to a glorious spring like day, the sun was out and although it was still on the nippy side, I glimpsed my first crocus and also a group of wild violets on my way down to the hen hut…….the birds have started to build nests and my resident garden blackbirds were flying backwards and forwards with dry hay and grass in their beaks, whilst my collared doves were romantically cooing in the parasol pine tree. There was one dark cloud of sadness on the horizon, I may appear to speak of it lightly now, but I was distraught and upset to find that my lovely speckled hen, Deirdre, had died in the night……she had been under the weather for a while and no amount of medicine, molly coddling or special treats had cured her……..I was grateful that she was not in any discomfort any more, but I will miss seeing her race to the food silo every morning, as well as her cheeky bright eyes as she refused to be “put away” at night……
If there is one thing that will cheer us all up it has to be cake – a large home-made layer cake filled with oodles of citrus curd buttercream and brazenly decorated with hundreds and thousands as well as those little jellied lemon sweeties you can get from old-fashioned sweet shops. Not an elegant cake as such, but just a big blousey cake, with fresh oranges and nostalgic decorations of childhood years. And the star of this cake for me is the gorgeous buttercream which has a large dollop or three of home-made orange and lemon curd in it; I made the curd a few days ago and the recipe is here: St Clement’s Curd – Orange & Lemon Curd.
This recipe uses a standard Victoria Sandwich sponge recipe with the added ingredients of grated orange zest and some orange juice, as well as that unctuous buttecream of course. I can see this cake making an exuberant entrance at a cake and bake stall, afternoon tea, cake club meeting or just as a mid afternoon treat with a cuppa, to brighten up the day a bit. This cake is also being entered into Ruth’s TPW Save the Children Recipe Challenge over on her blog The Pink Whisk. My previous entry for this good cause was posted a week or so ago, and you can visit my other post to read all about this excellent cause here: Maple Syrup Walnut Layer Cake with Fudge Frosting – The Pink Whisk Recipe Challenge & Save the Children.
Fresh Orange Cake with Citrus Buttercream
|Serves||8 to 10|
|Prep time||15 minutes|
|Cook time||25 minutes|
|Total time||40 minutes|
|By author||Karen S Burns-Booth|
- 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
- Alternative measurements:
- 4 eggs
- 8 ounces soft margarine or butter
- 8 ounces caster sugar
- 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.|
That’s all for today, I hope you try this delectable fresh orange cake – I will be back with some thrifty family recipes, a secret recipe, some floral recipes, some book reviews as well as some fishy recipes throughout the rest of the week, bye for now, Karen.
This looks wonderful! Both the curd and the cake! Yum! Added to my “to make” list!
Thanks Jayne, I have to say I was PRETTY pleased with this cake! xx
Your cake looks absolutely incredible! Love that thick lemon curd icing and your sponge looks beautifully light. Can I have a piece please?
Thanks! I LOVE making cakes and especially ones with fresh citrus fruits in them, this one was a huge success and all down to lots of elbow work when beating the butter and sugar!! Sending a slice over……
Working London mummy says
This looks divine! Such nice combination of flavours. The cake looks perfectly squishy!
Thanks! It was (is) squishy and quite delectable if I may be so bold!
Kentish Keg-Meg says
Wow what a fabulous looking cake and with citrus curd. You have made my day Karen. Sorry to hear about Deirdre.
Thanks KKM……it was a sad day but I know she had a lovely if short life with us.
I’m really sorry about Deirdre. I hope you are feeling better now. Your orange citrus layer cake looks so beautiful & lovely! When I look at your cake, it makes me feel spring is in the air! I just love the color that brightens up my day. I’m sure it taste delicious too! I would love to try your St Clement curd to go with this sweet cake! Have a sweet day, Karen! Hugs! 🙂
Thanks Kit! xx It is a VERY cheerful cake isn’t it? And yes, I feel spring may be around the corner!
So sorry to hear about Deirdre. I think cake is probably the only remedy for grief. And what a cake! Blowzy is just fine with me–I think it looks much more welcoming that way.
Thanks Lauren! I do feel cake can help, especially when one of the eggs I used was one of the last ones that Deirdre laid….
Ooo this looks good cake, would go ideal with my coffee which is lacking this….
Sorry about Deidre, they give so much and ask for so little in return
Thanks Marcus, they do indeed give so much and she was a little rascal before she became ill, a real character!
A Trifle Rushed says
Poor little hen, she was pretty.
I know what you mean about Cake, by the time Lent arrives, I really need to eat lots of it. Your cake looks delicious, I love the idea of using the curd in the buttercream filling.
I KNOW I am naughty eating cake in Lent, but it was a cake for Deirdre and also other good causes, so I convinced myself it was okay! Thanks Jude. xxx
Sorry for your loss.
The cake look smashing. I used to make something similar for my Dad when I was a teenager – it was his favourite and Mum refused to keep making it 🙂
Thanks Mo….had to laugh at your mum refusing to make the cake as often as it was wanted!
That looks wonderful Karen! I can almost taste it! Sounds very refreshing! I love Lemon curd in between the layers of a sponge cake. It’s my favourite thing to do. xxoo
Thanks Marie, I DO love curd in sponge cakes as you do too…and there is nothing as lovely as a feather-light sponge!
Sylvie (A Pot of Tea) says
That cake screams spring time. It looks so bright and yummy.
It is a SPRINGY cake Sylvie! xx
mmmm….this looks like heaven! A perfect spring cake too 🙂
Thanks Heather…..spring is just around the corner.
Who wants an elegant cake when you can sink your teeth into this lovely wonder? Am a convert to using curd with buttercream after I tried it out a few times last year. Really sorry to hear about Deirdre.
Thanks Choclette…..I am also a big convert to curd in all things!
Angela - Garden Tea Cakes and Me says
So sorry to hear about poor Deirdre.
The cake looks wonderful and I know just the aunt who would appreciate it, one for her next birthday I think. Looking forward to the floral recipes, sounds intriguing.
Thanks very much Angela….I would love to hear how the cake turns out if you make it!
This cake IS very elegant! Great one too! Sorry about Deirdre…
Thanks Marina – my Deirdre is in a better place now…
What Kate Baked says
This is Spring in a cake! What a beautifully cheery, sunny cake Karen- no doubt it was a huge hit (as all your wonderful creations are!)
Thanks Kate! It still is a bit of a hit as we still have several slices left….
Kate - Turquoise Lemons says
This looks absolutely divine Karen!
Thanks Kate! xx
Charlotte @gofreecakes says
Really sorry to hear about Deirdre, Karen. I have to say, this cake looks fantastic – I adore curd, and topped with curd and a candied lemon, well that is just heaven to me! I will be making this very, very soon!
Thanks Charlotte! xxx Cake is wonderful therapy though….maybe you could adapt this to gluten-free?
That looks wonderful, especially with all the lovely toppings.
Thanks! She had a short but happy life…..
How could I have missed this stunning cake? I LOVE orange cake. So good. I too am on a cake-free thing at the moment but I may break it just for this!
I was on a no cake few weeks too Dom, but broke my no cake diet….
Thanks so much for taking part in our campaign to end child hunger. Your recipe is v.much appreciated! Rosie, Save the Children
IT’s my pleasure to help in some small way Rosie!
Beautiful cake Karen! Looks really fresh and light, can’t wait to try the recipe. So sorry to hear about Deirdre x
Many thanks Jaime, it was one of the best I have made recently, we love citrus flavours in cakes.
Rainie Bish says
I’m so sorry to hear about Deirdre. Your cake looks delicious. I traditionally make a lemon cake for easter but I’m going to make this one instead. I really enjoy citrus especially at easter, it makes a lovely refreshing change from too much chocolate
I agree that citrus cakes do make a nice change from all that chocolate at Easter, let me know how this cake turns out for you and Happy Easter!
This looks lovely, the buttercream sounds amazing! Sorry to hear about Deirdre x
Karen Booth says
Thanks…..it was a while ago now, but she was a lovely hen!
Joanna Orr says
Looks yummy! Have printed that off to do at the weekend!
sairz eastham says
Ohhh this looks gorgeous!
I’ll give it a go for tomorrow after tea, Orange and lemon curd – can taste it already LOL
Ruth Tesdale says
I have just printed this and plan to use it very soon. Definately a nice twist on an old favourite
anthony harrington says
my mouth is watering, that looks delicious!
Hayley Wells says
This look soooooooo good! Just what I need after all that chocolatey stuff and Christmas cake! 🙂
Nia Wyn Roberts says
This cake is right up my street!
Fiona Matters says
This looks absolutely fabulous. I absolutely adore sponge. Also your chicken is super cute!
Karen Booth says
Angela Murray says
Simply stunning looking cake, mmmmmmmmm
Karen Booth says
Gosh, Karen – that cakes looks totally divine! Beautiful pics too!
Karen Booth says
Thanks so much Heather! 🙂 Karen
Meryl Rees says
I MUST try this recipe, I love all cakes and bakes that involve lemon in some way so this sounds perfect. It’s also really lovely the way it is decorated, looks so appertizing!!
Emily Jane Ann Nelson says
THIS cake looks so scrummy! I’m always on the hunt for new delicious recipes, especially with two little ones .. My boy loves helping me make cakes and this is one we are going to try xxxx
Jenny Rogers says
The cakes look and sound fabulous. I love lemon curd in a cake.
Gorgeous cake, I love citrus curd.
sian hallewell says
looks yummy, shared on Fb
Lani Nash says
Just looking at the picture I can almost taste it! Can’t wait to try this one.
Fiona Matters says
Thought I’d have a look at what you were making this time last year. Looks absolutely scrumptious. I have a huge weak spot for citrus sponge. I just love the idea of the butter cream icing too! Shared on twitter.
Maya Russell says
A lovely looking cake. Sure it tastes delicious. Shared on Twitter, @maisietoo.