■ 225g caster sugar

■ 113g butter, softened

■ 6 egg yolks

■ 1-3/4 cups plain flour

■ 1 teaspoon of baking powder

■ 1 orange, juice extracted and strained, 1 cup divided

■ 1/2 cup of milk

■ equipment: 18cm tube cake pan, whisk, pastry brush small sieve

To Finish

■ 5 tablespoons of icing sugar for glaze

■ 3 tablespoons of extracted orange juice

■ 3 tablespoons of icing sugar for dusting

■ grated orange rind (optional)


1. Pre-heat the oven to 180˚C. Juice the orange, strain the juice and divide equally, reserving half for the glaze.

2. Beat the caster sugar with the butter and then mix in the egg yolks in one at a time.

3. Mix the baking powder with the flour and sift onto the batter. Add, a little at a time, of the 1/2 cup of milk and 1/2 cup of orange juice and fold into the batter gently.

4. Spoon the mixture into the tube cake pan and level the top. Bake the cake in the pre-heated for 35-40 minutes. Let the cake cool for 5-10 minutes before removing from the pan and cooling on a rack.

5. Add approximately 5 tablespoons of icing sugar to the reserved orange juice with a drop of hot water. Mix until the sugar dissolves and then brush over the top of the cake with a pastry brush.

6. Sprinkle the icing sugar over the cake using a fine sieve, followed by the grated orange rind.

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Recipe adapted From: Felipe B Nery's english translation of Maria Celestina de Mello e Senna's cookbook "Bons Petiscos", 1972. Accessed online 2015, no longer available.