Out of all the cakes flavours I’ve ever made, this Orange Lightning cake is in my top 3. It’s the cake I love to have around for afternoon tea or supper and once it’s gone I immediately want to make another!
Firstly, its really easy. Everything goes in the blender so prep time is minimal and there’s not much to clean. Also, it’s so soft on account of the whole orange/s.
In this (bad!) photo, I made it in a bundt pan, but I usually bake in a 20cm round pan. It does not produce a tall cake so if you’re wanting to decorate a cake using this recipe, you’ll need to make 2-3 times the mix separately (only one mix fits in the blender).
Orange Lightning Cake
1 very large or 2 medium oranges
1 cup sugar
125g softened butter
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup water
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
Using a peeler, peel the rind (orange part of the skin) off your orange and put the rind into the food processor.
Remove the white pith from the orange using the peeler and discard – don’t be too fussy. Cut the remaining orange flesh into quarters and add to the food processor. Whizz together until chopped into small pieces.**
Add the sugar, softened butter, eggs, vanilla and water into the food processor. Whizz again until combined.
Add flour and baking powder, whizz until just combined.
Pour batter into a 20cm cake tin lined with baking paper. Bake at 180C for approx 50mins or until a skewer comes out clean.
1 cup icing sugar
3 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp melted butter
Mix together all ingredients and pour over cooled cake. If needed, add hot water to make a thinner consistency for drizzling.
** Whole Orange Alternative: chop the whole orange into quarters and add to the food processor. I prefer to remove the pith but if you’re in a hurry you can skip it.