Eating Cake

My father would have described this as a good ‘eating cake’. Translated, this meant that it was not to be saved for special occasions.


  • 1 orange or 2 tangelos
  • 125 g (4 1/2 oz) butter
  • 1 cup (220 g/ 8 oz) sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml/4 fl oz) water
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups (250 g/9 oz) flour
  • 1 cup (160 g/5 1/2 oz) sultanas

Cooking Process

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  1. Halve the orange or tangelos and remove the seeds.
  2. Cut each half into quarters, then chop these finely, using the metal chopping blade of a food processor.
  3. Tip the pulp into another container.
  4. Without washing the bowl or blade, add the butter which has been softened but not melted, the sugar and the eggs. Process for about 20 seconds.
  5. Add to the bowl the baking soda dissolved in the water, the vanilla, the flour and the sultanas.
  6. Using the pulse blade in brief bursts, mix in the orange pulp until everything is combined.
  7. Turn mixture into a sprayed or paper-lined 20 cm (8 inch) square or 23 cm (9 inch) round cake tin.
  8. Bake for 1-1 1/4 hours, or until the cake springs back when pressed lightly in the center, and a skewer comes out clean.

Eating Cake

Bon Apetite!


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Eating Cake