Oranges can add so much to your cooking, adding flavour to chicken, pancakes, and cakes. So grab a bag of your favourite oranges and try this delicious, healthy cake that combines the nutritious qualities of zucchini, orange and walnut into a moist cake glazed with sticky, honey syrup.

Tip: Use your stand mixer to complete steps 2 – 4 for smooth, convenient mixing.

Equipment:

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium sized zucchini, grated
  • 3 tsp finely grated orange rind
  • ½ c walnuts, chopped
  • 1½ c brown sugar
  • 2 c self-raising flour
  • ⅓ c plain flour
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • ½ c vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1½ c plain yoghurt

Syrup

  • ¼ c liquid honey
  • ¼ c orange juice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 tsp orange zest
  • ½ c water

Directions:

  1. Line base of loaf pan with baking paper and preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan-forced.
  2. Grate zucchini and orange rind, chop walnuts and add all to mixing bowl with sugar, flours, baking soda and mixed spice. Combine thoroughly, make a well and set aside.
  3. Add oil, egg and yoghurt to jug and mix well with whisk. Add to zucchini mixture and combine well.
  4. Transfer mixture to loaf pan and place in oven. Set timer for 1 hour 10 minutes and test loaf with skewer – if skewer comes out clean, loaf is ready. Meanwhile, prepare syrup.
  5. Add honey, orange juice, cinnamon and water to saucepan and bring to boil over high heat. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in orange zest.
  6. Carefully pour ½ the hot syrup over the cake while it is still hot. Stand for 30 minutes to allow syrup to completely soak into cake. Carefully lift cake onto a wire rack lined with baking paper and leave to cool.
  7. Enjoy warm or cool, served with sour or chantilly cream.

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