Sweet

Orange Streusel Cake

 

Are you ever so tired that you barely make it into your bed with zero care of the world? These days all I crave is good soup or hot chocolate, bed and a book. To say ‘I’m exhausted’ is an understatement – delirious is more like it.

Setting goals is crucial, but being realistic is key – I am my own enemy when it comes to being a critic. I’m lenient, appreciating and forgiving to everyone else but myself. Kitchen Therapy blog started as an outlet to tend to my writer’s block dilemma. It’s now my platform, a sort of “office” for potential clients to “see” me. If I don’t post regularly, I’m upset and angry with myself. When I realise I should not be. It’s okay to slow down, take a break, not pick up the phone or return texts. It’s okay to say no if its physically, mentally or emotionally exhausting you. It’s okay to switch off.

So while I take a much needed 10-day break, here’s a scrumptious tea cake – old fashioned, ladled with butter, a burst of fresh orange juice, a layer of cinnamon and oats streusel in the centre, which goes lovingly well with coffee, tea, hot chocolate, ice cream, whipped cream… or just on it’s own.

Enjoy!

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The Recipe
Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup castor sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp orange extract
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2-1 tbsp milk (optional)
  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence

Instructions

  • Heat oven to 200°C and prepare a 9” cake tin with oil and flour.
  • Prepare the streusel in a small bowl by stirring all the ingredients together to create a crumb like mixture. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk the butter and sugar for 4-5 minutes, before adding the egg and vanilla.
  • Beat well for another 5 minutes.
  • Add the orange juice, baking powder, baking soda and salt and combine well.
  • Then fold in the flour, careful not to overmix. Add ½ or 1 tbsp milk if you like to loosen the batter up slightly.
  • Spread half the batter in the cake tin smoothing with a spatula. The batter will be slightly thick.
  • Then spread the streusel layer, followed by the remaining cake batter.
  • Bake in the oven for 25-28 minutes, or until the skewer comes out clean.
  • Let the cake cool in the tin for 10 minutes after you’ve removed from the oven.
  • Then overturn into the serving plate.
  • Sprinkle some icing sugar and cinnamon on top.