Marmalade cake

Marmalade cake


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About this recipe: A traditional Scottish cake, ideal for afternoon tea. This cake disappeared fast when I took it in to share at work - even a colleague said she "didn't like marmalade but that cake was great!"

proofofthepudding Dunbartonshire, Scotland, UK

Serves: 12 

  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 115g margarine
  • 85g caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon orange rind, finely grated
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 good tablespoons thick cut orange marmalade
  • 2 tablespoons milk

Prep:15min  ›  Cook:1hr  ›  Ready in:1hr15min 

  1. Preheat the oven to 170 C / Gas 3. Grease a 1lb loaf tin (or a 6 inch/15cm round cake tin).
  2. Sieve the flour and salt into a bowl, rub in the margarine until the mixture looks like fine breadcrumbs.
  3. Stir in the sugar and half the orange rind; then add the eggs, marmalade and milk.
  4. Mix well to achieve the consistency of a thick batter. Don't worry about the occasional wee lump, remember there's orange rind in the mix! Pour the mixture into the prepared tin.
  5. Bake in the center of the preheated oven until golden brown, about 1 hour. Allow to cool for 5 minutes in the tin, then tip out onto a wire rack.
  6. While the cake is still warm, spread a thin layer of apricot glaze OR warmed marmalade over the top then sprinkle the remaining grated orange peel to garnish. Allow to cool, then slice and enjoy.

Other ideas

Actually, I doubled the quantities and used a 2lb loaf tin - it had to go around a lot of people! Worked fine.


If you have a fan-assisted oven, preheat to 150 C / Gas 2 and bake for 55 minutes.

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Reviews (11)


I made this with the addition of 1 tsp of orange essence (available from Sainsburys)to increase the orange flavour. The glazing of the top with marmalade with the addtional sprinkling of grated orange peel gave it a wonderful flavour. The texture was very good and it came out nicely moist. I doubled up the quantities and baked it for about 1hour 10 mins in a 8" tin and it created quite an impressive cake. Certainly make it again. - 31 Jan 2012


Very nice with a cup of tea. Very easy to make. Added loads (3 oranges) worth of orange rind, because i`m naughty like that! and used the juice from the oranges to make a orange sauce to pour over the cake. Delicious. - 04 Jul 2012


I made this cake for my boss for a business meeting. It looked great and there was none left for me so it must have been good!! - 18 Jun 2012

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