Orange Spice Traybake

Recipe for Orange Spice Traybake

It’s been 4 years – more or less – since frugalfeeding’s beginning. And what better way to commemorate my catalogue of over 400 recipes than with cake? An Orange Spice Traybake to be precise, finished with an indulgent layer of mascarpone cheese, infused with fresh orange and sprinkled with vibrant zest.

Inspired by the one and only Mary Berry, my Orange Spice Traybake is flavoured primarily with an orange, boiled for half an hour, blended and thrust wholly into the mix. Where we differ? Mary’s sweet tooth, raging unabated despite advancing years.

Sickly sweet cake doesn’t do it for me. It’s unnecessary. You lose all the flavour of the cake behind a sugary veil. It’s not a problem inside a Victoria Sponge, but when you have spices and an orange waiting to steal the show, it’s disappointing to mute their performance.

Recipe for Orange Traybake

The result is quite a “grown up” cake; a hint of sugar darting about behind the scenes. Firm but moist, the sponge possesses an easily recognisable orange element, with a pleasing, but subtle, bitterness arising from the retained peel.

Finally, the creamy, indulgent mascarpone icing, delicately flavoured with blended orange and decorated similarly, is welcomed with every mouthful. Alone, the sponge would be delicious, but the mascarpone helps keep things light throughout.

This is a big, indulgent cake, but you probably want more, so don’t miss my recipes for Dundee Cake, Syrup Sponge Cake and Chocolate Courgette Cake…

Orange Spice Traybake

Makes 1 large traybake

Ingredients:

for the cake:

  • 275g butter
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 275g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder, heaped
  • 1 large orange
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp grated nutmeg

for the icing:

  • 250g mascarpone cheese
  • 75g butter
  • 75g icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp blended orange
  • orange zest to serve

Method:

  1. Place a large orange in a saucepan and cover with boiling water. Simmer for 30 minutes until soft. Chop, blend and set aside.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180C/160C(fan). Grease and line a square baking tin (22x22cm).
  3. Cream together the butter and sugar. Beat in the eggs thoroughly, one by one. Fold through the flour, baking powder, blended orange (saving 2 tbsp) and the spices.
  4. Tip the batter into the prepared tin and bake for 45-55 minutes, until golden brown and cooked through. A knife, when inserted, should emerge clean.
  5. After 10 minutes cooling, turn out your cake and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. Meanwhile, cream together all the ingredients for the icing and beat until thickened. Using an electric whisk helps. Place in the fridge until the cake is ready to ice.
  7. Once everything is appropriately chilled decorate your cake. Spread the icing liberally on the top and finish with a little fresh orange zest. Serve with optional party hats.

Orange Traybake Recipe Orange Spice Traybake Recipe

Cost: Traybakes, not always iced, are often the cheapest cakes to make. This Orange Spice Traybake is a little different; a result of the mascarpone. But it shouldn’t set you back more than around £4.50.

If you’d like to reduce the price of the cake by over £1, while retaining the decoration, full-fat cream cheese will happily stand in for the mascarpone. But don’t expect it to be as creamy.

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36 comments on “Orange Spice Traybake

  1. thesinglegourmetandtraveller
    January 29, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    Congratulations! 🙂

  2. Frugal Hausfrau
    January 29, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    This looks absolutely lovely and there’s something about citrus this time of year! For one thing, it’s usually at a low price and I think the bright flavor helps when everything outside seems so grey and dull!

    • frugalfeeding
      February 2, 2015 at 4:29 pm

      Thank you, yes I seem to be on a bit of a citrus “thing” at the moment. I’m enjoying it a lot.

  3. Chica Andaluza
    January 29, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    Congratulations – and I wish I’d held off making my very plain cupcakes until I’d read this!

    • frugalfeeding
      February 2, 2015 at 4:28 pm

      Nothing wrong with a plain cupcake! Still delicious.

  4. TinyKitchenGreatTasteBigHeart
    January 29, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    I like this recipe and will try it soon. Agree wholeheartedly with “sickly sweet” comment.

    • frugalfeeding
      February 2, 2015 at 4:32 pm

      Cake, generally, doesn’t need quite so much sugar! It just doesn’t.

  5. helenwelsh18
    January 29, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    I like your celebratory approach to your orange and mascarpone tray bake (party hats)! I made orange curd the other day and had exactly the same feeling. It must be the promise of sunshine hiding inside the oranges …

    • frugalfeeding
      February 2, 2015 at 4:31 pm

      All parties need hats. I do have my fingers crossed for sunshine. I’m bored of the cold weather.

  6. Kirsten
    January 29, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    Normally you would have had me at ‘orange’ and ‘spices’ but then you went and mentioned the bitterness of the peel. Bleurgh. I have tried many a cake with whole oranges in it (Tom Kerridge’s being the last victim) and I can’t do it.
    Other than that, delicious looking cake and I love the frosting! 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      February 2, 2015 at 4:31 pm

      The bitterness really isn’t very pronounced. I think you’d be pleasantly surprised!

  7. Jo Blogs
    January 29, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    OoO! I have all these ingredients in. Happy blogoversary! 😀

  8. angelica | table twenty eight
    January 30, 2015 at 5:09 am

    Congratulations on FF’s fourth anniversary – big milestone.
    This cake looks absolutely delicious and I’m a rather big fan of Mary Berry (despite the fact that also do not have a big sweet tooth!)…

    • frugalfeeding
      February 2, 2015 at 4:26 pm

      I’m a big fan of Mary, for sure. Thank you very much.

  9. foodyrach
    January 31, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    Congrats!

    I’m in agreement with you on cakes that are too sweet. You had me at Mascarpone!

    • frugalfeeding
      February 2, 2015 at 4:30 pm

      I’m a huge fan of mascarpone, especially in icing.

  10. Francesca
    February 1, 2015 at 9:12 am

    A very happy birthday to you blog!

  11. Gingerbread Jenn
    February 1, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    I’ve just stumbled across your blog, and I’ve been sat here reading it for the past half hour. You’re great, I love what you do. This is a great recipe! I could eat this right now 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      February 2, 2015 at 4:30 pm

      Excellent! Glad you like frugalfeeding so much. I hope you try out some of my recipes.

  12. Cathy
    February 1, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    This sounds so delicious. On my list for our next family gathering. Congratulations, Nick on four years of Frugal Feeding! I am not surprised at 2 million views – you and the quality of your recipes certainly deserve it!

    • frugalfeeding
      February 2, 2015 at 4:25 pm

      Thank you, Cathy. Yes, let’s hope it continues and perhaps gets even better!

  13. lovinghomemade
    February 1, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    Well done on your four years!

  14. Grace @ Cultural Life
    February 1, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    This looks amazing! Congratulations on four years of Frugal Feeding. 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      February 2, 2015 at 4:24 pm

      Thank you, I hope there are at least 4 left 🙂

  15. odelleasmith
    February 2, 2015 at 4:15 am

    Congratulations, well done Nick on your anniversary.
    Great site, posts, bog, pics & the most amazing, quality, inspiring recipes that we all enjoy.
    Here’s to the next Four Years, wishing you well in all that you may choose to do, I’m certain that the best is still yet to come, I’ll be saying, ‘I told you’!

    Orange Spice Tray-bake is delicious, a great recipe-especially for a ‘grown-up cake’, as I do have a sweet tooth, however it tastes beautiful & your correct, less sugar does allow the flavors of the orange, spices & creamy mascarpone topping to shine through perfectly.

    Odelle Smith. (U.K.)

    • frugalfeeding
      February 2, 2015 at 4:23 pm

      Haha – thanks. Well, let’s hope so. I certainly be continuing!

  16. Karen
    February 2, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    First, congratulations on 4 years of blogging and all those delicious recipes that you have shared with us. I agree with you, some cakes are way too sweet…this orange one sounds terrific.

    • frugalfeeding
      February 3, 2015 at 4:45 pm

      Thank you, Karen. I’ll continue to share as much as possible :).

  17. Sophie33
    February 3, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    Congrats! I have been following your blog for a while now & love your writing, your lovely cool recipes & you! 🙂
    Cheers! x

    A wonderful tasty cake creation to celebrate with! x

    • frugalfeeding
      February 3, 2015 at 4:44 pm

      Thank you very much, I’m so happy you like my writing. I hope you continue to visit!

  18. Maggie
    February 8, 2015 at 11:44 pm

    Hi Nick, what a wonderful blog you have created with fab recipes. And the pictures ….. are so pretty. Espec this one. ….and the blood orange one …. and the apricot choc one ….. ooooh I love them all! Thank you. I am going to make this one tomorrow!

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