Orange buttermilk syrup cake

  • 25 mins preparation
  • 45 mins cooking
  • Serves 12
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Orange buttermilk cake
  • 125 gram butter, softened
  • 3 teaspoon finely grated orange rind
  • 2/3 cup coconut sugar (or caster sugar)
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 3/4 cup almond meal
  • 1 cup gluten-free self-raising flour
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
Orange syrup
  • 3 medium oranges
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar (or caster sugar)


Orange buttermilk syrup cake
  • 1
    Preheat the oven to 160°C (140°C fan-forced). Grease and flour a 20cm baba cake pan; tap pan and shake out excess flour.
  • 2
    Beat butter, rind and sugar in a small bowl with an electric mixer for about 3 minutes or until light and creamy. Beat in egg yolks, one at a time, beat until combined. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl, stir in the almonds then flour and buttermilk in two batches.
  • 3
    Beat egg whites in a clean small bowl with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Fold into batter in 2 batches. Spread mixture into the prepared pan.
  • 4
    Bake cake for about 45 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer. Stand 5 minutes. Tap and gently shake cake in pan to release from the side before turning onto a wire rack over a tray.
  • 5
    Orange syrup: Meanwhile, remove the rind from one of the oranges with a zester. (Or, remove rind with a vegetable peeler, avoiding white pith. Cut rind into long thin strips.) Squeeze juice from oranges; you will need ¾ cup (180ml). Combine rind, juice and sugar in a small saucepan. Stir over a medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Bring to a simmer; simmer, uncovered, 3 minutes.
  • 6
    Pour hot syrup over hot cake. Pour syrup collected in the tray into jug; repeat until all the syrup is used.
  • 7
    Serve warm or cooled with thick yoghurt or ice-cream, if desired.


We’ve also tested this recipe with a reduced-fat dairy spread which works well. If you don’t have buttermilk, you can combine 2 teaspoons lemon juice with ½ cup (125ml) reduced-fat milk.

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