Saturday, 25 January 2014

Food Waste Friday - Marmalade Cake

Being super careful about spending the pennies this month, and eating up what we have in the freezer and cupboards, has meant fewer shopping trips for food. And less shopping always means less food in the house to waste, so January has been a low food waste month so far.

This week there were just breadcrusts and two dried up oranges in the fruit bowl that could count as food waste. The breadcrusts will be soaked for the chickens, and the oranges? Well, this week a blog hop or two led me to the delightful Circle of Pine Trees blog and a wonderful marmalade cake.

Marmalade has been on my mind this week. Should I or should I not attempt to make any this year? Last year's attempt led to several pots of very runny marmalade; I reboiled a couple of jars with pectin but then thought the pectin had gone off, threw it away, and ended up eating all the runny marmalade myself (over the course of the year - not all in one go). No-one else here likes marmalade, so it has been left to me to stand over the sink eating toast as quickly as I can before all the marmalade juice drips through the bread. And it was just way too embarrassingly sloppy to give away to any other poor souls.

Seeing a delicious marmalade cake photo on Circle of Pine Trees clinched it. What a good way of using up the last of my runny marmalade (and the two old oranges), leaving a blank canvas on which to start this year's attempts at mucking around with Seville oranges.

Earlier this week I did say we were off the sugary treats post-Christmas. However a grim, grey, very wet Friday calls for an exception to the rule, and after all, I did also say this week that we're trying to make sure January is jolly...

What could be jollier than Marmalade Cake? (Except I have to call it Orange Drizzle Cake in this house, so as not to put off the marmalade-haters. And they have nearly eaten it all up so my cunning plan clearly worked).

For my version of the marmalade cake I used:

175g margarine
175g sugar
3 eggs
grated zest of one ancient orange
175g self raising flour
75g very runny marmalade

Cream the marg and sugar, add the eggs and then the marmalade and orange zest. Beat in the flour. Usually the cake's baked in a loaf tin, but I had no grease-proof paper so needed to use my most non-stick cake tin, which is round. 

Similarly in the original recipe, which you can find at Circle of Pines, the cake is decorated with orange icing. We were out of icing sugar, and as I've been trying to avoid buying non-essential food items so as to cut costs, I mixed the juice of the two oranges with a little granulated sugar to make a syrup, and poured it over the cake, lemon drizzle style. This is just as yummy. 

I do believe it will be worth making marmalade, even if it turns out runny again, just to be able to bake more completely home-made Marmalade Orange Drizzle Cakes.

Food Waste Friday was dreamt up by, to encourage people to use up food instead of waste it. This week you can find Food Waste Friday hosted by 


  1. When jams don't set I label them as 'syrup' - peach syrup, apple syrup, cherry syrup - we've eaten quite a bit of fruit syrup over the years - and they make good "specialty gifts";-D

    1. That's a great idea, and one I shall make use of!

  2. When you say the "zest of an ancient orange," is that a kind of orange or that the very old oranges you were using up from your fruit bowl?

    1. There may well be a variety of orange called the Ancient but mine were just very old! ;-)

  3. I've ended up with 2 jars of last year's marmalade open in the cupboard and I could do with a recipe to use some up- this will be perfect. Orange Drizzle cake for my marmalade haters :)

  4. Never tried my own marmalade but reckon the jar of Morrison's basic stuff kicking around cupboard would do for this. Might give it a try later on. Thanks

    1. I'm sure the basic stuff will be just fine. Hope it's yummy!