Orange Drizzle Cake

Drizzle cakes are a classic cake, and also one of my favourite. They are more commonly seen flavoured with lemon, but also work deliciously with other citrus fruit, in particular orange. img_0358-2

It’s beginning to feel a little more like spring, and there’s no better way to look ahead to the new season than tucking into a slice of drizzle cake.


As oranges as not as tart as lemons, orange drizzle cakes require less sugar. This orange drizzle cake has an orange flavoured syrup and icing glaze. I was rather liberal with my icing (I like each slice to have a nice covering) but you could make a little less and drizzle it over the top in a more stylish way if you wish.

Orange Cake

  • Servings: about 12 slices
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  • 125g butter
  • 100g caster sugar
  • zest and juice (for icing, see below) 1 orange
  • 2 eggs
  • 175g self-raising flour
  • 3-4 tbsp milk

For the syrup:

  • 3tbsp orange juice
  • 1 1/2 tbsp icing sugar

For the glaze icing:

  • the rest of the orange juice
  • icing sugar


  • Preheat oven to 180c and line a loaf tin
  • Cream the butter, and then mix in the sugar
  • Add in the eggs, milk and orange zest
  • Sieve in the flour and mix until incorporated
  • Pour into tin and bake for about 45 minutes, until slightly brown
  • To make the syrup: heat orange juice and sugar gently in a saucepan until sugar has dissolved. Skewer cake as soon as it comes out of the oven and pour the syrup over the top. Leave cake to cool in tin
  • To make the glaze: mix the remaining orange juice with enough icing sugar to form a stiff paste. Drizzle over the cooled cake.
  • Storage: Store in an airtight container for a few days


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