This easy, zesty loaf cake makes a lighter festive alternative to traditionally dense fruitcakes - pipe the icing and add candied peel to add a touch of colour.
- 140 g butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
- 50 g crème fraîche
- 200 g golden caster sugar
- 1 tsp orange or vanilla extract
- 3 large eggs
- 225 g self-raising flour
- 50 g cornflour
- 2 tbsp poppy seeds, plus extra for sprinkling
- 4 oranges, zest from 3 and 100ml juice
FOR THE ICING
- 140 g unsalted butter
- 300 g icing sugar
- 140 g crème fraîche
- zest 2 oranges
- 1 tbsp chopped candied peel (optional)
- Heat oven to 160C/140C fan and grease a loaf tin. Line the base and ends with a long strip of baking parchment.
- Beat the butter, crème fraîche, sugar and vanilla extract until pale and fluffy. Whisk in the eggs, one by one, followed by the flours, poppy seeds, zest and juice. Scrape into the prepared tin and bake on a middle shelf for 1 hr–1 hr 10 mins until a skewer poked into the centre comes out clean. Cool the cake for 20 mins in the tin, then carefully tip out and cool completely on a wire rack.
- Meanwhile, make the icing – beat together the butter, icing sugar and crème fraîche until pale and fluffy. Add half the orange zest and beat just a couple of times to incorporate, then cover and leave in the fridge to chill until the cake is ready to ice and the icing is firm enough to spread or pipe.
- Spread the icing all over the cake or put in a food bag or piping bag, snip off the corner and pipe thick stripes over the top. Sprinkle with the remaining orange zest, the candied peel (if you like), and a pinch more poppy seeds. Will keep in an airtight container for 2-3 days.
This recipe is…
Please note, nutritional information is approximate and based on the uncooked ingredients.
|- Saturated fat||18.4 g|
|Total carbohydrates||80.7 g|
|- Sugars||50.8 g|
|Dietary fibre||4.6 g|