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Sugar, Spice and all things nice.

Spiced orange festive tray-bake!

So as soon as November hits everything in my house becomes festive, I will bake anything if it's christmassy.

I LOVE these kind of bakes, because they have my 2 favourite flavours in them, orange and cinnamon.

This tray bake is a sure crowd pleaser, orange flavoured fluffy sponge, topped with a cinnamon and mixed spice icing, and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar and some chopped nuts.

As a good friend of mine said when I made this for her a few weeks back - it's like Christmas in a mouthful!


Prep Time :20 mins, plus 30 mins baking

Serves : Cuts into 12 squares using a 12*8 inch tin.

Mine is by silverwood, available at and I highly recommend.

Difficulty : Easy

For the cake

10 oz of margarine (softened)

10 oz light brown sugar

5 Eggs

10 oz Self raising flour

1 Teaspoon baking powder

Zested rind of 3 oranges

1 teaspoon orange essence

1 Teaspoon vanilla paste

teaspoon mixed spice

For the icing

5 oz softened butter or margarine

Juice of ½ orange

10 oz sifted icing sugar

1 teaspoon mixed spice

Cinnamon sugar and chopped nuts - Optional(1 part ground cinnamon – 3 parts caster sugar)

Preheat your oven to 160-*c

1 - Cream the sugar and butter together well, until the colour starts to lighten, if you're using an electric mixer leave it going for about 2 minutes until they go light and fluffy.

2 - Zest the oranges into the mixture and pour in the vanilla paste, orange essence and mixed spice.

3 - Whisk your eggs together and add to the bowl and mix well (don’t be alarmed if the mixture splits, just add a tablespoon of flour and it will come together again).

4 - Next sift your flour and baking powder into the mix, and fold in until they're all mixed in well.

5 - Pour into a lined and greased traybake tin.

6 - Bake in the oven for approx 25 minutes, it may need a little longer or a little less, depending on your oven.

7 - Once the cake is out the oven, make a buttercream with the butter, icing sugar and orange juice, if the mixture is a little too stiff add more orange juice 1/2 teaspoon at a time.

8 - Spread onto the cake once it's cooled and top with the cinnamon sugar and chopped nuts.

9 - Enjoy!

This mixture can also be used to make cupcakes.

The above will make about 24 cupcakes, so if you're only baking for a few just half the mixture!


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