Citrus butter cake

It’s autumn and that means citrus is in season. While a tasty snack on it’s own, oranges are delicious in a cake. We’ve found this recipe from The Australian Women’s Weekly which will also be the perfect treat for mum on Mother’s Day.


  • 250 gram butter, softened, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated orange rind
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon rind
  • 1 1/2 cup (330g) caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup (225g) self-raising flour
  • 1/2 cup (75g) plain flour
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) orange juice
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) lemon juice
Candied citrus slices
  • 1 cup (220g) caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) water
  • 1 (240g) medium orange, thinly sliced
  • 1 (75g) medium lime, thinly sliced
Glace icing
  • 2 cup (320g) soft icing sugar
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) boiling water


  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C (140°C fan-forced). Grease a deep 22cm-round cake pan; line the base and side with baking paper.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the butter, rind and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until just combined between additions. Fold in the sifted flours and juices in two batches. Spread the mixture into the prepared pan.
  3. Bake for about 1 hour 10 minutes. Stand the cake in the pan for 10 minutes before turning onto a wire rack to cool.
  4. To make candied citrus slices, combine the sugar and the water in a large frying pan. Stir over low heat, without boiling, until sugar dissolves; add the orange and lime slices and bring to boil. Reduce heat to very low; simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes, turning slices occasionally. Remove from heat, cool slices on a wire rack.
  5. Sift icing sugar into a bowl with boiling water; stir until smooth.
  6. Drizzle cake with glace icing. Just before serving, top with candied citrus.

Stacey Davidson

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