These Orange and Cinnamon cakes are my last post before signing off for a few days to spend some quality time with the children, it has been a hectic and stressful few months, juggling a degree, blogging and the children. A house move is imminent in the next two months (gulp) and well to be honest it is all taking its toll. I’ll continue to smile through gritted teeth though and I really am looking forward to Christmas morning especially for the younger ones who are so excited.
There is always cake though and that will get us through anything and there are certain aromas which can’t fail to evoke those butterfly flutterings that Christmas is on its way. For me that would be the smell of orange and cinnamon. I always have a bowl full of oranges studded with cloves with sticks of cinnamon to waft around the house at this time of year. So what better than to make cakes with those delicious smells and tastes?
So, I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and thank you for supporting my blog and coming back for more and more…I really do appreciate it.
This is a recipe that is so simple you can more or less let the children make the cakes on their own.
Finish these cakes off simply with some icing sugar, that is all they need and then enjoy, they are lovely.
Orange and Cinnamon Cakes Recipe
- 125g soft butter (or stork)
- 125g caster sugar
- 125g self-raising flour
- 2 eggs
- 1tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon, add more for a stronger flavour
- Zest & juice of 1 orange
- If you have some orange blossom water use ½ tsp but it isn't essential
- Preheat oven to 200ºC/gas mark 6
- Put all the ingredients except for the orange juice into a food processor/mixer and blitz until smooth.
- Add the orange juice slowly to make a soft dropping consistency.
- If doing in the traditional way, cream the butter and sugar, and then the eggs one at a time adding a spoonful of flour each time and fold in the remainder of the flour& baking powder. Add in the orange juice as above.
- Spoon the mixture into cake cases.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes until cooked and golden.
Thank you to House of Fraser for the silicone festive cake mould.