Thursday, 30 January 2014

January's Cake of the Month

I once - several years ago now - bought a cake from Meg Rivers. Ever since, they have periodically sent me catalogues, which I enjoy browsing but then self-satisfyingly decide that there isn't much in there that I couldn't make myself. One thing, though, that always catches my eye is the Cake Club. The idea is that you pay a flat fee and the nice people send you a cake, seasonally appropriate naturally, each month of the year. A lovely idea but the £175 price tag makes me flinch every time. (£175?!? For 12 cakes?!?) So I had what I considered, somewhat immodestly, to be a brainwave. I'll have a homemade version! 
Presenting January's Cake of the Month...

Whole Orange Spice Cake
Whole orange spice cake
Image borrowed from Mary Berry's website
A Mary Berry recipe, where you boil a whole orange, then process it and add it to the cake batter alongside mixed spice and cinnamon. 'Twas delicious. So much so, that the piece I had set aside to photograph disappeared from the tin faster than I expected. Perhaps that's just as well because it certainly wasn't as pretty...
Oh, and as for my brainwave. It was days later that it dawned on me. Of course, Sue did it first...


  1. Oh my goodness Jo your cake looks truly delicious!!...Such a great idea to have a celebratory monthly bake too! We're all huge fans of Mary Berry recipes here...I'll must search out this recipe. :-)
    Hope you have a great weekend,
    Susan x

  2. ~ Ooh such a delicious cake .. shhh.....I must admit I've never ever baked a cake...soo I may be popping in again next month! Thanks for kind words over on mine...
    ~ And I most certainly agree..£175.00 is quite ridiculous ....You'd have to really, really love cake!!! or have just won the lottery! hehe...
    Wishing you a grand kind of day...
    Hugs Maria x

  3. I love Mary berry I collected her books when she first started out before all the bake off. Her recipes work time and time again
    £175 for cake I've just picked my jaw off the floor ridiculous, well done you, bake your own.