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Orange cake on a white plate

Orange Poppyseed cake.

This is a lovely cake made with pantry staples. It doesn't even require eggs!
4.67 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Brunch, Cake
Cuisine Baking
Servings 6 serves


Orange Cake

  • 250 ml almond milk 1 cup, use any unsweetened milk| 8.45 fl oz
  • 1 Tablesp orange zest or 1 to 2 oranges
  • 60 ml orange juice 3 Tablsp, you'll need 1 whole orange|2.02 fl oz
  • 80 ml oil 1/3 cup olive or any kind of oil |2.70fl oz
  • 150 gm caster sugar 3/4 cup sugar | 5.30 oz
  • 20 ml vinegar, white 1 tablsp | 0.67 fl oz
  • 280 gm flour. plain 2 cups | 9.87oz
  • 20 gm poppyseeds 2-3 tablsps or chopped nuts or seeds| 0.70oz
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 gm salt, fine 1/2 tsp
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla, optional 5 ml/ 0.17fl oz

Orange drizzle

  • 20 ml orange juice 1 Tablespoon | 0.67fl oz
  • 30 gm icing sugar, pure or mixture 3 tablspoons | 1.05oz


Orange cake

  • Set the oven to 170 C. Line an 8in/ 20 cm tin with parchment paper
  • Mix the flour, baking soda, poppyseeds, salt together until combined (by stiring or by whisk)
  • Mix the milk, oil, vanilla, sugar, zest and orange juice together. Whisk to combine. Add the vinegar to the liquids and whisk or stir together just before combining with the dry ingredients. The vinegar will react with the other ingredients to facilitate a rise in the cake.
  • Stir the cake until only just combined ( it can become tough)
  • Pour into the prepared tin and bake straight away. Bake for approxximately 25 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean.
  • Cool until the cake tin is cool enough to be touched. Run a knife around the edges of the cake and turn out. Cool completely

To make the icing

  • Pour the orange juice into a smalll bowl or cup and stir in the icing sugar untill a nice thickinsh consistency thet you can almost spread. You may need a little extra icing sugar
  • The cake will cook with a domed top. I like to cut off the dome and leave a nice flat cake. The cake can be turned over so that the bottom is the top. I sometimes trim with scissors if the edges are slightly browned. drizzle with orange icing. I used sopme of the cut off cake bits to decorate the top.
  • This is one of my favourite cake to eat as a snack. It doesn't taste sweet and just seems to get more orangy and moist as days go by.


Use more orange zest for more orange flavour
The cake cake can be stirred together easily making it a great one for camping or holday cabins
The few ingredients make it very adaptable. This could be lemon or mandarin. You can use any oil you like or any milk for that matter.
Yhe vinegar in the cake reactes with the bicarb soda causing a chemical reaction that acts a little bit like the puff that eggs create. Once you add the vinegar put into the oven straigh away.
The cake is not big. You'll finish it and want another.      
Keyword cake, orange, plant food, vegan