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Eye-popping Orange Bundt Cake

You’ll always know if you’re eating Bundt cake from its distinctive circular shape, doughnut hole in the middle and ornate, oblong ridges and plumes around the outside. The original Bundt shape was inspired by the Gugelhupf, a traditional yeast baked cake enjoyed across Europe.

Have you ever seen the beautifully designed Bundt pans up close? They’re these baroque-looking, exquisite heavy cast pans with the most intricate designs that beckon to be filled and baked. Some of the shapes look like tall papal hats and others like a Catherine wheel of sorts, spreading in all directions. They all have these labyrinthine grooves and when you see the cakes that come out of them, you’re left in awe of the elaborate details and it makes a person wonder at how a cake could be baked to look like that. Well, hold your breath, it’s within your reach to make just such a showstopper.

Eye-popping Orange Bundt Cake


Servings: 8   Time: 1 hour 20 mins   Difficulty: Easy 

Ingredients

  • 450g flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 200g unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 small oranges, unwaxed
  • 250g caster sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 250ml buttermilk
  • 120g icing sugar
  • Cooking spray (olive or sunflower oil)
  • 10 cup Jubilee Bundt Pan

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees Celsius
  2. Spray your Bundt pan with a cooking spray or brush on a layer of butter or oil, ensuring you reach all the crevices in the pan
  3. Combine the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda in a bowl
  4. Add the butter to a stand mixer bowl, grate in the zest of both oranges and beat until creamy
  5. Add the caster sugar and beat until light and fluffy
  6. Add the eggs one by one, beating in between
  7. After the last egg, slow down the speed and add a third of the flour mixture, followed by a third of the buttermilk
  8. Continue like this until both the flour mixture and the buttermilk are all incorporated
  9. Beat in the juice of one of the oranges
  10. Transfer this mixture to the Bundt pan
  11. Place on a baking sheet in the oven and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, checking every minute or so after the 1-hour mark
  12. It will look as if the cake has risen too much but this is normal – it will rise and then settle down again
  13. When a skewer comes out clean, the cake is ready
  14. Remove the pan and turn upside down on a cake rack lined with parchment paper
  15. Leave in the pan for 15 minutes before unmoulding
  16. When the cake is cool, sprinkle on some icing sugar over the top
  17. Or for a bit of a showstopper: sieve the icing sugar into a bowl and beat in the juice of the remaining orange until it is thin enough to run down the sides of the cake
  18. Pour this directly over the top of the cake and garnish with the zest of another orange or a mix of lemon and lime zest for additional colour.

Bright Idea

This cake freezes very well, so why not make two at the same time and enjoy another one next time without having to bake it from scratch again?

Nordic Ware Jubilee Gold Bundt Pan - 10 Cups


Nordic Ware Jubilee Gold Bundt Pan – 10 Cups

$38.00

Bake your own masterpieces with this premium quality Nordic Ware baking pan. Thanks to its non-stick coating and a heat-reflective exterior, your cakes will emerge evenly browned every time, and releases from the pan with ease. With a striking diamond mountain shape, the Jubilee Bundt pan will bake cakes that dazzle on sight alone, whether served on its own or paired with a topping.

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