Soaked Orange Sponge

Recipe by Norahs Girl
READY IN: 1hr 30mins
YIELD: 1 Cake




  • Grease or spray and baseline a 20cm round or square tin.
  • Preheat oven to 190c (375f).
  • ---------For the Sponge-------------.
  • Place eggs,sugar,lemon and orange rinds in a bowl over simmering water.
  • Whisk with an electric whiskfor about 8 minutes til the mixture is pale and creamy.
  • Remove from the heat.
  • Sift together the flours and fold in to the egg and sugar mixture along with the melted butter.
  • Pour into pre-pared cake tin and bake in the centre of the oven for 40 minutes or til well risen.
  • ---------------For the Syrup------------------.
  • Place syrup ingredients in apan and heat gently til sugar dissoles.
  • Bring to boil and simmer for 2 minutes.
  • Spoon syrup over the cooked sponge and leave to cool in tin til cool.
  • Turn cake out and split into 3 layers carefully.
  • ----------FILLING---------------.
  • Beat the orange curd and fold in the whipped cream.
  • reserve a third and use the rest tofill the cake and also the sides and top.
  • Spoon the reserved mixture and place in a piping bag and pipe rossettes on top of the cake and decorated with the crystallised fruit.
  • ----------The Cake----------.
  • Place rind and sugar in a bowl.
  • In another whisk lemon juice together with the eggs,then pour this mixture over the sugar.
  • Add the butter in little peices and place the bowl over a pan of simmering water.
  • Stir frequently til thickened about 20 minutes.
  • leave to cool.
  • Store in fridge if not using for cake straight away.