Delicious Orange Layer Cake

My Easter holidays are flying by, I wish I could stop the clock! I’ve tried to keep busy on my low pain days – catching up with friends, eating out, shopping, cooking and baking. But on my high pain days I did little more than watch Netflix, listen to music and read.  Today is a low pain day (my fibromyalgia pain is bearable, it’s still there but my painkillers take the edge off it) and I had the desire to bake. I’ve built up quite a collection of recipe books, so when I saw Mary Berry’s recipe for Orange Layer Cake I just had to bake it 🙂

Delicious Orange Layer CakeIngredients

For the cake
225g baking spread
225g self-raising flour
1 level tsp baking powder
100g golden caster sugar
100g brown sugar
4 large egg
finely grated zest of 2 oranges
For the butter icing
150g butter, softened
300g icing sugar, sifted
finely grated zest of 2 oranges
For the glaze
25g caster sugar
juice of 2 oranges


  • Heat oven to 180C. Grease two 20cm loose-bottomed sandwich tins and line the bases with baking parchment.
  • Measure the cake ingredients and put into a large bowl (keep some orange zest for cake decoration).
  • Beat until well combined and smooth.
  • Divide evenly between the 2 sandwich tins.
  • Bake for 20-25 mins or until well risen, lightly golden and shrinking away from the sides of the tins.
  • After 5 minutes, remove from the tins and leave to cool on a wire rack.
  • To make the icing, put the icing sugar and butter into a bowl and mix with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, then stir in the orange zest.
  • Make the glaze by putting the orange juice and caster sugar into a saucepan, stirring over a low heat until the sugar has completely dissolved. Then boil until reduced by half.
  • Place one cake upside down on a plate, using a cocktail stick make little holes in the sponge, then brush half of the glaze on the upside-down cake using a pastry brush. Spread half the butter icing over the glazed cake. Sit the other cake on top,make little holes with the cocktail stick, brush with the remaining glaze, and then spread with the remaining butter icing.
  • Decorate with the reserved orange zest.

Delicious Orange Layer Cake

Oh wow! This orange sponge cake is delicious – a soft and fluffy sponge with a hint of citrus.

Keep smiling 🙂



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49 Responses to Delicious Orange Layer Cake

  1. This cake sounds so delicious and looks lovely. I need to bake a cake soon x

  2. Colette B says:

    That looks and sounds amazing! I love a good citrusy cake!

  3. Jenni - Odd Socks and Lollipops says:

    Wow that looks delicious! I really want to bake a cake but when ever I do it always ends up with chocolate in it haha.

  4. This looks so tasty – I saw it on your Facebook earlier and I’m still drooling! H x

  5. Oh how delicious does this look? You always make me hungry 🙂 Hope you are having a low pain today too. Kaz x

  6. Stressed Mum says:

    This looks amazing, I have promised my Daughter a baking day tomorrow if she is up to it, a nice cake would go down very well :). I sympathise with the bad days and better days hope you have a few better days now x

  7. Ahhh I just want cake now haha! This recipe looks amazing and I don’t think I’ve made an orange cake before so I might need to x

  8. Wow this looks yummy, thanks for sharing the recipe.

  9. Mary Berry is incredible, i swear her recipes can do no wrong!

  10. Liz Mays says:

    Yum. Those flavors would be so nice right about now. It’s a really pretty dessert too.

  11. korean doll says:

    This layer cake is inspiring me to bake one off too. It looks so scrumptious and I will make sure to channel this orange layer cake on my next bake off.

  12. That is a beautiful cake! I love orange, so this sounds perfect for me.

  13. I am loving the delicious looking cake. Looks so yummy x

  14. laurahartleyy says:

    Ooh this looks tasty! When I attempted a layer cake I ended up with two really thin layers which is a shame 🙁 Very envious of your baking skills!

  15. Emmabuzzybee says:

    good to have found this blog, my daughter sufferes with CFS, so its interesting to see what you write aboutt. Thanks:)

  16. rachphillips says:

    oh claire this looks amazing, if i ever get invited to tea and cake at yours i know to say a big YES 😀

  17. This sounds fab, I’m not sure I’ve ever had orange cake before but it sounds delicious!

  18. You have done a lovely job of baking this. Feel free to add it to #BakeoftheWeek too. Hoping you are having more low pain days than bad at the moment.

  19. louisejoy says:

    This looks SO yummy and tasty! I think I’m gonna have to try and make this at the weekend!

  20. Charli Bruce says:

    This sounds and looks delicious, I love orange cake. Definitely putting on my to bake list!

  21. This recipe sounds really yummy, and it looks like it’s come out really nice and light as well!

  22. Idaintyit says:

    It looks delicious, I love all things cake and orange so its a pretty perfect combination in my books

  23. Fantastic Claire Hope the pain is not too bad todayLove May

  24. Rita Ann says:

    How fluffy and moist it looks! I bet it tastes as great as it looks! Oh man,do I love orange!!

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