Hi lovely people, hope you are handling this winter very well, to be honest I’m not huge fun of this time of the year! It’s so dark and cold and miserable. I like autumn as you’ve got Christmas to get excited about, but after Christmas the winter just seems to drag on for so long! I’m counting the days till the clocks change! Spring please!! Here I share simple dessert that couldn’t be simpler. When you want something sweet but unfussy, go for an easy cake recipe. I love baking but not so good in it. Yesterday I’ve baked this super easy Sticky Walnuts Cake With Orange Syrup.
Prepare 20 minutes, plus cooling
Cook 35 to 45 minutes
150g unsalted butter, softened,plus extra for greasing
450g condensed milk
280g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
4 oranges, juiced, and zest of 2, finely grated
2 star anise
100g golden caster sugar
Dried mint, chopped walnuts and vanilla ice-cream, to serve (optional).
1. Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4. Grease and line a 20 cm square cake tin with baking parchment. Blitz the walnuts in a small food processor then set aside.
2. Using an electric stand mixer or electric hand whisk, beat together the softened butter with the condensed milk until smooth and creamy. Mix in the ground walnuts, then sieve in the flour with the baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and a pinch of salt.
3. Fold in the juice of 2 oranges, the grated zest of 1 orange and 150ml water. Stir well to combine then pour into the prepared tin and bake for 35–45 minutes until risen and golden.
4. In a small saucepan, heat the remaining orange juice and zest, the star anise and sugar with 100 ml water for 5 minutes or until syrupy, then set aside. When the cake is cooked and still warm, skewer holes in the top and pour over two-thirds of the syrup. Leave to stand until completely cool. Serve the cake cut into squares, drizzled with the remaining syrup. Great scattered with dried mint and chopped walnuts, with vanilla ice-cream to spoon over.