marmalade cake

Dear Annie,

The marmalade is made. This year's batch was rather a good one, as it turned out. I combined a couple of different recipes - I followed the usual Riverford recipe but added in an overnight steep for the peel and reduced down the initial boiling time. The marmalade had a lovely voluptuous wobble and a delicious flavour.Time to bake a marmalade cake...

This year I replaced the usual orange water icing with a marmalade buttercream. A little extra sweet comfort for a cold, hail-ridden January day.

Marmalade Loaf Cake

175g soft butter
175g caster sugar
a large orange
75g marmalade
175g self-raising flour
3 eggs

250g icing sugar
80g soft butter
25ml whole milk
two heaped teaspoons marmalade

Heat the oven to 180 C/ gas mark 4
Line a loaf tin 25x11x7cm

Beat the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy.
Zest the orange and juice half of it.
Break the eggs into a small bowl and break them up with a fork. Add them to the butter and sugar a little at a time, beating well in between additions. Beat in the marmalade and the orange zest.
Fold in the flour with a metal spoon, slowly and firmly.
Finally, stir in the juice of half the orange.
Spoon the mixture into the tin and smooth the top.
Bake for forty five minutes, checking it after thirty five. You may find that you need to cover the top of the cake with some tin foil towards the end of the cooking time if it browns too quickly.
Leave to cool in the tin, then remove and cool completely on a wire rack.

To make the frosting, beat together the icing sugar and butter. Pour in the milk and beat until soft and fluffy. Stir in the marmalade. 

Spread the icing over the cooled cake. 

Recipe adapted from The Kitchen Diaries by Nigel Slater

Love from,


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  1. I'd love to make this as I adore marmalade but how many eggs do I need??

  2. Gosh that looks amazing. WI worthy!

  3. Oops! Thanks Gill. Have added the 3 eggs to the recipe. Perils of late-night blogging, eh! Laura x

  4. I've never made a marmalade cake but as I love marmalade I think I need to try out this recipe very soon.

  5. That is the most delicious sounding (and looking) cake I have come across in a long while. Would be just the thing with my cup of tea!
    Have a lovely, marmalade-y weekend.

  6. I'm going to email this link to my Dad who likes all things 'marmalade' (& loves cakes too!)

  7. oh..yum..i have cumquat marmalade i made with homegrown fruit last winter that tends to be forgotten now that it's summer and i'm making apricot and strawberry jam..so it would be a great way of using some of it before it's time to make a fresh batch..

  8. Lovely! My marmalade was not very good this year so it's being baked into everything instead! Love this icing too... x


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Annie and Laura x

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