Why is it?  No matter what, there is always one poor piece of fruit that languishes at the bottom of the fruit bowl.  No one is touching it. It’s not making it into the lunchboxes. No one want’s to eat it even if it’s the last bit of food in the house.  It’s not even that it’s too far gone, just past it’s prime and not looking as good as all the rest of it’s friends in the bowl.

Now I’m guilty of just throwing that poor sad piece of fruit into the compost (especially if it’s too far gone).  If it’s an apple it goes to the dog…he likes a good apple! But on this occasion, that poor sad piece of fruit was an orange.  After a rather trying morning, I decided to turn that poor sad orange, into a piece of happiness.  In other words…cake!

This recipe came from The Age a few years ago.  It get’s rolled out a bit, because it is sooo easy.  What’s not to love in a recipe that everything gets thrown into one bowl and mixed together.

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Child’s Play Orange Cake


125g soft butter

125g sugar

125g sr flour

2 eggs

1tsp baking powder

1tsp vanilla essence

juice and grated rind of 1 orange


Put all ingredients in a bowl and beat until pale and creamy.  Place in a lined loaf tin and bake in a preheated oven at 180C for about 20 minutes.

For the icing just mix some orange juice with icing sugar and spread it on.  If you want to get fancy, you could zest some orange peel on the top.

As you can see, I used a square tin (it took a little less time to cook which is always good!).   This cake is always a winner and as you can see, I didn’t even get a chance to take a photo of it whole.  Apologies for the photo quality, but if I didn’t snap it fast, it was going to be gone.  To think it started with that poor sad orange that nobody wanted!

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