Orange cake with sour cream icing

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Orange cake with sour cream icing
Photography by Ben Dearnley

Preparation Time

15 minutes

Cooking Time

35 minutes

Ingredients (serves 6)

  • Melted butter, to grease
  • 50g (1/2 cup) flaked almonds
  • 150g butter
  • 100g (1/2 cup) caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 225g (1 1/2 cups) self-raising flour
  • 185ml (3/4 cup) buttermilk
  • 1 tsp finely grated orange rind
  • 1 tbs fresh orange juice
  • Sour cream icing

  • 125g (1/2 cup) sour cream
  • 45g (1/4 cup) icing sugar mixture


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Brush a round 20cm (base measurement) cake pan with melted butter to lightly grease. Spread almonds over a baking tray. Cook in oven, stirring occasionally for 3 minutes or until toasted. Remove from oven and set aside.

  2. Use an electric beater to beat together the butter and sugar in a large bowl until pale and creamy. Add the eggs 1 at a time, beating well between additions, until thick and creamy. Stir in half the flour, then half the buttermilk until just combined. Stir in the remaining flour and buttermilk along with the orange rind and orange juice until combined. Spoon into the prepared pan and smooth the surface. Bake in oven for 35 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Remove from oven and set aside for 5 minutes before turning onto a wire rack for 30 minutes or until cooled. Place on a serving plate.

  3. To make the icing, use an electric beater to beat together the sour cream and icing sugar in a medium bowl until combined.

  4. Spread the icing over the cake and sprinkle with toasted almonds. Cut into wedges to serve.


  • Substitutes: Try substituting lemon or lime rind and juice for the orange rind and juice. Instead of sour cream, whipped thickened cream will do. If you're allergic to nuts, scatter some blueberries over the cake.

Good Taste - February 2004, Page 52
Recipe by Amanda Kelly

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