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Oranges in Cakes and a successful Good Food and Wine Show

Posted on June 3, 2013 by in baked goods, cooking classes

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Oranges are being sold on the street corners and that means one thing in Cape Town! It is winter. Today is the 1 June and winter has announced her arrival with a mammoth storm.

Oranges are not my favorite fruit to eat fresh, or maybe I should refresh that. I have tactile issues with the membranes in my mouth when eating oranges, so if I do take the time and remove all the membranes and eat the juicy, sweet slices with Greek yogurt and brown sugar, it all of a sudden becomes my best fruit. Orange flavor, however is a different story. I love an orange twist to Malva Pudding, it just takes it to another level. Caramelized slices of oranges with cheese and crackers are just perfect a perfect way to end a meal.


My earliest memories of oranges are of my dad peeling them with his pocket knife and handing wedges out to little eager stretched out hands and also at netball games during half time, those wedges of oranges brought relief to very dry and thirsty mouths.

Oranges are packet with flavor and they are dirt cheap too. Where in this day and age can you buy a whole pocket ( about 5-7 kg) of anything for a mere R7 rand. So next time you bake a cake, crush a whole orange and add it to your batter, the flavor will be amazing. Add the rind of oranges to your salt and make flavored salt to have with fish or pork, it is truly delicious!


So oranges have got to be good in cakes right?

Speaking of “flavor”, an event that brought much flavor to the month gone by, was the Good Food and Wine Show. Wow, and what a show it was this year. So many new things to see and experience. I loved all the interactive theaters and workshops, all the new stalls and just the general vibe were so much fun! Although I was on my feet every day for just on 9 hours, the fatigue only stepped in on Sunday, but while I was there cooking up a storm, I loved it! Thank you to all who popped in to say hello. I am sad for the ones I missed, but a loo-break was needed every now and then!

Good Food and Wine Show

Philips, my main sponsor. Always a pleasure to work with your brand and fine equipment. I can tell you the Jamie Oliver Homecooker is a very exciting piece of equipment. We had people queuing for oats, cream, honey and toasted almonds early every morning. Throughout the weekend we cooked risotto’s, soups, stews and delicious rice puddings. Everyone, including me, were amazed!

Thank you Fairview for trusting me with your fine brand, I can assure you, everyone loved the recipes, especially the two desserts.  We cooked and baked with Fairview Chevin, Fairview Blue Tower and the Goats Cheese Feta. Thank you Woolworths for allowing me to do a cooking demo at your very popular Real Food Theater, we had such fun cooking and laughing and the hour went by so quickly.

Spekko who came on board just in time, thank you, my experience of Tafelpraatjies at the Searle’s Trading Store will be remembered for a long time. People there and on RSG just loved the delicious rice pudding!

48 hours for giving a last minute video recording, I loved it. You are  a crazy but fabulous group of people, thank you!


Back to the cake! At the moment the rage on Facebook is the 3 ingredient cake. Yes you read correctly, a cake with 3 ingredients. Yip, I also thought it is to good to be true….. just had to try it, of course with my own little twist…. The original recipe comes from

3 Ingredient Cake with Oranges


250 ml self raising flour

250 ml caster sugar

6 eggs – separated

I added

the zest of 1 orange

3 un-peeled oranges – sliced thinly and pips removed

125 ml sugar

30 ml water


Prepare the orange slices first. Pour the 125ml sugar and the water into a big sauce pan and heat on the stove until the sugar has melted. Increase the heat and allow the mixture to become a caramel color. Add the orange slices and leave them to brown slightly. Remove from the pan and place in the bottom of a ring pan that you have sprayed with Spray ‘n Cook.  Preheat oven to 180 C. Place half the caster sugar in a mixing bowl and add the egg yokes. Mix until creamy and light in color. In another bowl, whisk the egg whites until it forms stiff peaks and then add the sugar and whisk for another minute. Mix the two mixtures and fold in the flour a little at a time. Pour the batter over the orange slices in the ring pan and bake for 30 minutes. When the cake is done, remove from the tin and cool on a wire rack. Serve with cream or a spoonful of thick Greek Yogurt.

PS. My cake rose beautifully in the oven, but when I removed it from the tin, I think the weight of the orange slices cause the cake to sag a little. Nevertheless, it was delicious!


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16 Responses to “Oranges in Cakes and a successful Good Food and Wine Show”

  1. tami 3 June 2013 at 9:48 am #

    I LOVE this! A 3 ingredient cake is awesome. Thanks for sharing. I can’t wait to try it xx

    • nerinatimm 5 June 2013 at 12:02 pm #

      You will absolutely love it!

  2. Flee 4 June 2013 at 9:43 am #

    And here is me thinking that baking is about 700 ingredients measured to the micro-gram, sifted 7 times and rolled with iced fingers only to be methodically and scientifically cooked.. LOL… This I might actually not be able to flop… 😉 Thank you

    • nerinatimm 5 June 2013 at 12:03 pm #

      Flee, trust me, it is so simple, even I could make it!

  3. usha singh 4 June 2013 at 9:44 am #

    Wow & i had my fingers and toes crossed that there would be no eggs

    • nerinatimm 5 June 2013 at 12:04 pm #

      Eish, sorry Usha!

  4. anel potgieter 4 June 2013 at 10:52 am #

    ohhh hierdie koek lyk ongelooflik – mal oor jou fotos!

    • nerinatimm 5 June 2013 at 12:04 pm #

      dankie, ek wonder soms hoekoms ons so baie moeite doen, as dinge eintlik heel eenvoudig kan wees!

  5. vennie 4 June 2013 at 1:10 pm #

    Thanks for recipe love oranges will make this cake has soon has i am well.

    • nerinatimm 5 June 2013 at 12:04 pm #

      What’s wrong Vennie, hope you feel better soon!

  6. Petra 5 June 2013 at 12:56 pm #

    Jy moet net noem dat die resep van FOOD.COM af kom.

    • Rinda 6 June 2013 at 10:01 am #

      Nina het genoem dat dit van FOOD.COM af kom, net voor sy die resep gee……. Dankie Nina, gaan die koek beslis bak!

  7. Zirkie 6 June 2013 at 5:45 pm #

    Wow, Nins!! Dit lyk en klink amazing!! Moet dit probeer!

  8. Isobel 21 November 2013 at 3:51 pm #

    Heerlike koek hierdie – kan dit moontlik gevries word vir latere gebruik, of liewer nie?

  9. Isobel 21 November 2013 at 3:53 pm #

    Heerlike, maklike resep hierdie, BAIE dankie! Kan die koek moontlik gevries word vir latere gebruik, of liewer nie?

    • nerinatimm 22 November 2013 at 8:20 am #

      Isobel, ek sal nie die kans vat om die koek te vries, nie, hy is darem te lig!! Onthou net die lemoene sal hom effe laat sak, maar sonder die lemoene is dit ‘n wonderwerk koek!

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