Spiced whole orange cake with orange mascarpone icing


Today is Benjamin’s 5th Birthday and for his cake he requested some time ago an orange cake.

Having searched through my recipes I had none I was quite happy with but as luck would have it towards the end of The Great British Bake Off series this year Mary Berry baked up this Spiced whole orange cake with orange mascarpone icing so I located the recipe to make for him.

So here I share with you, Mary Berry’s

Spiced whole orange cake with orange mascarpone icing


To decorate

  • I large, thin-skinned orange
  • 50g caster sugar

Β For the cake

  • 1 small thin-skinned orange
  • 275g self-raising flour
  • 2tsp baking powder
  • 275g caster sugar
  • 275g baking spread from the fridge
  • 4 eggs
  • 1tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1tsp mixed spice

For the orange icing

  • 50g butter, softened
  • 175g icing sugar, sieved
  • 250g mascarpone cheese
  • 2tbsp orange pulp, reserved from above

Preparation method

  1. For the decoration, using a canelle knife, peel thick long strips of orange peel from the large orange. If you don’t have a canelle knife, like me, carefully slice away the rind and then cut into pencil-thick strips. Place in a saucepan, cover with boiling water, add half of the sugar and boil for one minute, drain then place on non-stick paper. Scatter over the remaining sugar and toss together, leave in a warm place to dry out for as long as possible or overnight until crisp.
  2. Grease and line the bases of two 20cm/8in sandwich tins with non-stick baking paper. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4 (fan 160C).
  3. For the cake, place the whole orange in a small saucepan, cover with boiling water and boil for 30 minutes or until soft. Leave to cool. When the orange is cold, cut in half and remove any pips.
  4. Roughly chop the orange and blend, including the skin, in a food processor until medium-chunky in texture. Transfer to a bowl and set aside, reserving two tablespoons for the icing.
  5. Add the remaining cake ingredients to the food processor and blend until just smooth (be careful not to over-beat the mixture). Remove the blade, carefully stir in the pulp that you have set aside, then divide between the two prepared tins and level the tops.
  6. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until well risen, lightly golden-brown and shrinking away from the sides of the tins. Leave to cool for a few minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Peel off the baking paper.
  7. For the icing, place the butter in a mixing bowl and, using an electric hand whisk, gradually beat in the icing sugar until smooth. Add the mascarpone and whisk together until smooth and creamy. Add the reserved orange pulp and mix until smooth.
  8. Slice each cake in half to make four layers. Divide the icing into four and then stack the layers of cake – icing between each layer and finishing with icing on the top.
  9. Decorate the cake with the candied orange rind and serve.



I am in general a big fan of Mary Berry recipes, they always seem to turn out just perfect and this cake is no exception.

I can confirm the cake is wonderfully moist and delicious, the icing when I made it I thought was a tad too sweet even for my sweet tooth but when combined with the cake is just perfect.Β  Most importantly of all though Benjamin just loved it.

The only things I might possibly change is the boiling of the orange peel at the start for the candied orange, I would boil those for a tad longer and I will play around with the quantities of this cake so you could make it in a 2lb loaf tin with a small amount of frosting on top making it a perfect cake to accompany a cup of tea.

Ruth x


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9 Responses to Spiced whole orange cake with orange mascarpone icing

  1. Karoline says:

    Happy birthday Benjamin, the cake sound yummy

  2. Kepanie says:

    You go, Ruth! This looks tangy and refreshingly sweet. Hau’oli la hanau to Ben.

  3. RobotDancing says:


  4. Annie says:

    I love the loaf tin idea! πŸ™‚ Too much frosting is a challenge to the waist line. I’m glad he enjoyed it – what a challenge to set you. I’ve had spiced apple cake but never orange cake!

  5. Thank you for the recipe…I’ll be making it today. If you hadn’t posted the recipe I was going to make an Alicia Paulson cake with her “cloud” frosting. I just have one question…what is “baking spread”? I have no access to mascarpone but there is a substitute which I will tell you about when I find it again. LOL! Of course, I need to also find my conversion chart for the measurements but else I’m good to go. So happy Benjamin enjoyed his cake and his birthday.

    • Ruth says:

      I use butter but I guess baking spread is the baking equivalent of butter is, my bad but if I’m having a cake I’m having a tasty one πŸ˜‰

  6. Oh yes…it must be butter. Thank you as I’m off to do errands. Here’s the mascarpone substitute if you don’t have it………
    1 (8 oz) package of cream cheese, softened
    1/4 cup heavy cream
    2 Tablespoons butter

    Mix until well blended and use in place of mascarpone in any recipe.

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