Orange cream layer cake

Though best eaten on the day it's baked, this delicious orange cream layer cake can be stored for up to five days in a container.

What's more, this is the official Blooming Great Tea Party cake for 2018, created by Suzy Pelta. Find out more about throwing your own tea party for Marie Curie, and sign up here! Ingredients For the cake:
  • 475g unsalted butter
  • 450g self-raising flour
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 200g of light brown sugar
  • zest of 4 large oranges
  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 tbsp milk, icing sugar to dust
For the drizzle:
  • juice of 2 ½ large oranges
  • 175g caster sugar
For the filling:
  • 100g unsalted butter
  • 150g full fat cream cheese
  • zest of 1 orange, a little orange juice
  • 500g icing sugar
Method For the cake:
  1. Preheat oven to 170°C/ Gas Mark 3. Grease and line two 8 inch/20cm round cake tins. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and both sugars until light and fluffy. Add orange zest and mix.
  3. Beat in one egg at a time, followed each time by some flour, and mix together. Repeat to use all the eggs and flour. Pour in the milk, give mixture a final stir. Divide the batter equally into your prepared cake tins.
  4. Bake for 35-45 minutes, until golden brown, and a skewer comes out clean. One cake may bake quicker than the other.
  5. Set cakes aside to cool in their tins on a wire rack for 15 mins.
For the drizzle:
  1. In a large saucepan bring the orange juice and sugar to the boil, gently simmer, stirring occasionally.
  2. Once cool, remove cakes from tins and place on plates. Flip one over to be the base.
  3. Poke holes all over both cakes (use a skewer or dry spaghetti), then carefully pour the drizzle evenly over each. Set cakes aside to cool completely.
For the filling:
  1. Beat the butter until light and fluffy.
  2. Mix in the cream cheese, followed by orange zest.
  3. Slowly sift in the icing sugar, followed by a little orange juice at a time. Once mixed, your icing should be thick and smooth.
  4. Spoon or pipe the icing over the base cake.
  5. Place the other cake on top, gently push down to sandwich together. Some of the icing may ooze out the sides but this is ok!
  6. Dust the top layer with icing sugar and decorate with a slice of orange (optional) before serving.

Find out more about Marie Curie's Blooming Great Tea Party and, find lots more recipes over on their website now!

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