Orange Cake with Vanilla Orange Butter Filling


For Cake For Filling and Frosting
140 gm butter 25 gm butter
140 gm caster sugar 2 tspn vanilla extract
140 gm self raising flour 175 gm icing sugar
1 tspn baking powder  
2 eggs juice from ½ large orange
1 heaped tbspn ground almonds  
2 tspn vanilla extract flaked almonds for topping as required
zest from 1 large orange  
juice from ½ large orange  



  1. Bake the cake in the oven for 40 min.
  2. Check that a skewer comes out clean when pushed into the middle of the cake, and if not, continue to bake for another 5 min or so.
  3. When cooked, remove the cake from the oven and allow it to cool to room temperature.
  4. When cooled, carefully slice the cake in half and spread the filling over the bottom half, but reserve some filling for the top of the cake.
  5. Replace the top of the cake and spread with the remaining filling mixture.
  6. Sprinkle the flaked almonds over the top of the cake.


It is worth mentioning that not all vanilla extract is the same strength, and the 2 tspns used here are what is required from the typical small glass bottles found in every supermarket.
The recipe was adapted from one published in "BBC GoodFood" journal.
A Slice
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The finished cake
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