Sicilian chili orange cake

Food from the pantry and fridge. Got oranges that is going to turn bad. Don’t want to waste it so I decided to make a cake. Even young children can bake this simple delightful yummy cake. I am not really a fan of creaming cake. This is a very simple easy to make with ingredients you would have in your pantry.

I prefer to glaze my cake. Use Manuka honey, treacle syrup and boiling water. Then garnish with orange segments. This cake is moist delicious flavour with orange and have a hint of chili flakes. Great to take it to visit friend. Also, great if you are having afternoon tea with family. Let’s bake!!!!


250 g unsalted butter, room temperature
200 g castor sugar
4 large eggs
Grated orange zest from 2 oranges
300 g self-raising flour
150 ml freshly squeezed orange juice
4 pinches chili flakes


1 Tbs Manuka honey
1 Tbs Treacle syrup
1 Tbs boiled water


1 Orange segments


Preheat the oven to 180C. Grease and line a 22cm round cake pan. Cream the butter with sugar until light and fluffy. Add in eggs, one at a time, beating well before each addition, if necessary adding a spoonful of flour with the last egg to prevent mixture from curdling.

Beat in orange zest. Add the flour all at once and mix well, then slowly mix in the orange juice. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and bake in the preheated oven for 45-50 minutes or until skewer inserted into the center of the cake, comes out clean.

If it starts to brown too quickly, cover loosely with a sheet of lightly greased aluminium foil. Leave the cake in the pan to cool on a wire rack, then remove from tin. To glaze, add the manuka and treacle with water, then brush on top and decorate with orange segments.