Blueberry Orange Cake

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orange blueberry cake

orange blueberry cake

I love orange cake and I love blueberries. If I put them together, I should get an awesome cake….my imagination! But…….arrrrggggh…..I forgot to add baking powder!! I only realised it when I put it into the oven! I really hoped that it will turn out well. Like to know the result? It did! Except that it didn’t rise as high as the normal ones with baking powder added. I am still very happy with the result. I still love the soft, moist texture and the lovely orange flavour. The blueberries give added colour, taste and texture to the cake. I just love it.

Oooops…I just realised that my picture above looks like the Leaning Tower Of Pisa…..haha. My poor photography skill! Maybe I should call it The Leaning Tower Of Mary’s Cake…hehe.

You will notice that I seldom use a deep baking tin. That’s why my cakes look thinner. The reason is because it is quicker to bake, save electricity, too. A shallow tin takes about 20-25 minutes to bake while a deep tin takes about 40-50 minutes to bake most cakes. If you need it higher, it’s very easy. Just cut into 2 and sandwich them with some cream.

Spelt flours

Spelt flours

Besides, I always try to make a healthier cake. This can be done by changing a few ingredients like using spelt flour, fruits, unrefined sugar and goat milk if possible. I also cut down on the sugar so my cakes are usually not very sweet which I Iike.

Cenwen's orange cake

Cenwen's orange cake

I was very surprised but delighted when one day a very nice blogger friend, Cenwen at, emailed me to let me know she was in the midst of making an orange cake using my recipe, Moist Orange Cake. She emailed again later to let me know that it turned out very well and that she and her beloved really liked it very much. She even sent me a photo and here it is (shown above). Isn’t it beautiful? I really love the decoration.

Special picture by Cenwen

Special picture by Cenwen

Cenwen is French but there’s a Google Translate at the side bar of her blog. Cenwen is a very dear friend that I met through blogging. She is very friendly and sweet. She not only cooks and bakes but paints very well, too. She drew a special painting for me, pictured here above…..beautiful design and wordings! I really like it. Thanks very much again, Cenwen! Do visit Cenwen’s blog to view more of her lovely recipes.

Here is my easy Blueberry Orange Cake recipe, adapted from my Moist Orange Cake.

250g butter
1C sugar
4 eggs
1C spelt flour
1C wholemeal spelt flour
zest of 3 oranges (medium size)
1/2C orange juice
1/2C goat milk
200g frozen blueberries

cake ready to be baked

cake ready to be baked

Beat butter and sugar until light. Beat in eggs one at a time until combined.

Add the flours, zest and juice of the orange and the goat milk. Mix well. Finally stir in the frozen blueberries (taken out from the freezer just before mixing into the batter). Pour it into a shallow tin (lamington tin) and bake at 180 degrees Celsius for about 25 minutes. The cake is cooked when a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.

Fresh from the oven

Fresh from the oven

Do you have a favourite cake or dessert to share? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.

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busygran  on December 3rd, 2010

I agree that baking in a shallow pan is faster and the cake won’t be dry. At least without the baking soda, the cake still looks good and moist. I did bake without sugar accidentally. Though it looked ok but it was totally tasteless. Ended up making rum balls!
Your friend is so artistic. So sweet of her to send you the pics!

Priya  on December 3rd, 2010

Omg, look at that cake, just makes me drool..

Little Inbox  on December 3rd, 2010

Nice, you just reminded me on the moist orange cake. :P

Dr.Sameena Prathap  on December 3rd, 2010

Hey Mary,

Beautiful cake dear…Love it…:)


anncoo  on December 3rd, 2010

Mary, I like that name “The Leaning Tower” and the cake looks perfect to me. Wish I can have a bite :)
Cenwen is definitely a sweet lady and I love the decoration on the cake and the picture, both are very beautiful.

DG  on December 3rd, 2010

Love the combination of both with lots of blueberry inside, yummy!!

Olive  on December 3rd, 2010

happens to me too, it’s usually sugar or eggs that I often overlook. Anyways your cake’s still yummy and for me that is what matters most! :)

Jeannie  on December 3rd, 2010

What a pretty looking piece of cake by Cenwen…love the look of your blueberry orange cake too but the blueberries are so expensive here!

Quay Po Cooks  on December 3rd, 2010

Your blueberry orange cake looks perfect. I will definitely try your recipe on the orange cake because it is my other’s half favorite.

peteformation  on December 3rd, 2010

Wah, forgot baking powder…..but still looks delicious!

Namitha  on December 3rd, 2010

That’s a gorgeous cake Mary..

Ivy  on December 3rd, 2010

If only I could get my hands on some blueberries I would love to make your lovely cake. It doesn’t really matter that you didn’t add the baking powder. It doesn’t add to the taste, just to the look. The other day I forgot to glaze a pasta frolla I made but it still tasted great.

lequan  on December 3rd, 2010

Hi Mary,

I’m actually a fan of the heavy, moist cakes so your leaning tower of Mary’s cake (teehee) looks perfect to me. Thanks for the tip about using a shallow tray! Keep learning keep smiling ;-)

That was so kind of your friend. Her cake is so pretty and I love the painting she did for you. It looks so professional! Thanks for sharing all this with us, including your wonderful recipe.

Swathi  on December 3rd, 2010

Blueberry orange cake looks delicious. I love blueberry in everything.

Cooking Gallery  on December 3rd, 2010

This is looks super moist and yum and I love the decoration to the cake too :)!

divya  on December 3rd, 2010

Looks yummy and delicious.

teresa  on December 3rd, 2010

what a gorgeous combination, these look just delicious!

Belinda @zomppa  on December 3rd, 2010

You’re a woman after my own heart…LOVE orange cakes.

lena  on December 3rd, 2010

that leaning tower of mary’s cake sure wont stay long there as everybody is grabbing to have a bite of that..and that’s very sweet of cenwen for sending that beautiful message too.

tigerfish  on December 3rd, 2010

I have never tried the combination of orange and blueberry before - sounds good!

Angie's Recipes  on December 4th, 2010

Beautiful and moist cake! Love the the combination of berry and citrus.

elra  on December 4th, 2010

Such a beautiful cake mary, I’m sure it’s delicious !

Stella  on December 4th, 2010

Hey Mary! I sometimes like a cake that doesn’t rise, b/c it looks so pretty and even when cut. Plus, the taste is usually still just as nice. Your blueberry orange cake sounds delicious-looks it too:)

skip to malou  on December 4th, 2010

i usually have troubles like this when baking too… but i would eat it just the same even then hahah…
great looking mini cake mary.. such a cutie…

rebecca  on December 4th, 2010

wow love this cake could I add to a FL citrus growers blog ?

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I know can’t believe how much snow is in Scotland stay warm

redkathy  on December 4th, 2010

Hi Mary, I love your cake recipe. I too enjoy dense cakes with less sugar. I haven’t found an orange cake that was not super sweet, will be trying this one for sure.

Hope all is well with your family!

Pachecopatty  on December 5th, 2010

Hi Mary, your cake looks just perfect to me and it would not be leaning for too long around me because I would eat(at least) the top piece from the stack which would take care of that problem:)

Cenwen  on December 5th, 2010

Hi Mary:)
I do not know what to say! It’s so nice of you!
I am touched!
You are part of the pretty dating making blogging. And I was very lucky that this meeting turns into friendship! It’s a great joy to know you. :)
You have restored courage when my blog made me sad. You are an example and an inspiration everyday!
I love your recipes and beautiful full of good things! And I love your cakes! They are too good:) And this one, seems pretty full of greedy promises:)
I will publish your recipe next week! I am trying to write the English version so that your readers do not have to go through google translate for this post!
I’m makin ‘lots of kisses!
Take good care of you!

Pam  on December 5th, 2010

Your cake looks delicious and is a must try. Love the combo of flavors!

Christine@Christine's Recipes  on December 5th, 2010

Blueberry and orange are my favourite fruits, add more fragrance and flavour in this moist cake. YUM…. Good for tea time. It seems that more and more people use spelt flour. Hope its price would be less expensive. :P

tasteofbeirut  on December 5th, 2010

I agree Mary, this combination is fantastic! I have forgotten baking powder too on some occasions: no biggie! the cake is still delicious either way.

pierre  on December 5th, 2010

hello scotland !!
lve this combo orange blueberry !!Cheers de Snowy paris

Kristi Rimkus  on December 5th, 2010

Don’t you love it when you make a mistake and the recipe still turns out perfectly? Wonderful snacking cake, Mary! :)

Nadji  on December 5th, 2010

Un gâteau bien goûteux. J’aime beaucoup.
Je note ta recette.
A bientôt.

Pepy @Indonesia Eats  on December 5th, 2010

Good choice with spelt, Mary! I often buy spelt bread for my husband at natural health food stores.

girlichef  on December 5th, 2010

I think it sounds wonderful…leaning or not! Moist and fantastic :D

Mary  on December 5th, 2010

This sounds wonderful. Remember, it’s taste that counts most. Have a great day. Blessings…Mary

pegasuslegend  on December 5th, 2010

Mary this looks wonderfully fresh with flavor…would love some with my caramel coffee! Hope your doing well and your father is better…have an awesome weekend!

Drick  on December 5th, 2010

both cakes sounds so good - I like orange flavored desserts a lot and adding blueberries is just perfect…. I think I could eat both of these Mary, maybe not at one sitting, but I would give it my best…

Aipi  on December 5th, 2010

I love blueberries in cakes and this looks so nice, moist n fluffy:)

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Lazaro  on December 5th, 2010

Orange and blueberry is a wonderful match for this cake. Lovely job.

pigpigscorner  on December 6th, 2010

Glad it turned out great! The texture should be like a pudding?

Anh  on December 6th, 2010

Great looking cake! I love cake like this!

Dimah  on December 6th, 2010

That cake looks absolutely yummy and nice!

Sommer @ A Spicy Perspective  on December 6th, 2010

Ha–I’ve done that before. Flat cake city! It still sounds like a wonderful combination!

Faith  on December 6th, 2010

Blueberry and orange sound like a winning combination to me! This would be perfect for breakfast with some Greek yogurt.

Lynn @ I'll Have What She's Having  on December 6th, 2010

Don’t you hate when you realize you missed a step but its too late to do anything? I’m happy the cake still turned out, it sounds delicious!

Joanne  on December 6th, 2010

Orange and blueberries? What a delightful combination! that cake looks so wonderfully moist.

sweetlife  on December 6th, 2010

don’t worry many times I have forgottenn to add something, but hey they still came our great, love the little tower and what a nice friend! lovely art


Choclette  on December 6th, 2010

MaryMoh, your cake looks delicious. Who needs baking powder, he he! Glad you too try to bake healthy cakes using spelt, less sugar etc.

Biren @ Roti n Rice  on December 6th, 2010

I love the combination of blueberries and orange. This cake must be really fragrant. Sometimes I forget to put certain ingredients as well but recipes are pretty forgiving :)

Juliana  on December 6th, 2010

Mary, your orange cake with blueberry looks delicious even without baking powder…and love moist cake. I too love citrus flavor in cake :-)

Anna  on December 6th, 2010

Orange and blueberries are such a winner combination for me, I love it. Baking powder or not…looks yummy.

3hungrytummies  on December 6th, 2010

Loving the combination. Beautiful to look at too!

Carolyn Jung  on December 7th, 2010

The “leaning tower of cake”? I LOVE that. I think it looks pretty darn wonderful. You should be proud.

Jess @ Bakericious  on December 7th, 2010

Mary, the cake looks perfect! You are such a nice lady with so many nice friends :)

Ananda Rajashekar  on December 7th, 2010

isn’t it a heavenly combination love the addition of orange juice….looks yum!

Thas  on December 7th, 2010

I’ve been in cake coma, still I can have few slices of this cake, looks so yummy and delectable.

Cheah  on December 7th, 2010

The blueberry orange cake looks yummy too, leaning or not leaning bet it’ll be gone in no time!

grace  on December 8th, 2010

excellent! i love the gem-like blueberries scattered throughout. this cake is a looker, for sure. :)

leaf (the indolent cook)  on December 8th, 2010

Oh I love orange cake. And blueberries are definitely a good match!

Melanie Bear  on December 8th, 2010

WOW! All of these look great and seems to be really delicious. I think I should try to make some of these by weekend. I like the Blueberry orange cake most since it is my first time to hear about that.

Taylor  on December 9th, 2010

I have had the combination of lemon and blueberry before, but not orange and blueberry…sounds delicious! And isn’t it funny how sometimes our mistakes end up being for the better?? Glad the cake was still enjoyable!

Sook  on December 9th, 2010

blueberry and orange! What a perfect combo! Yum!

Sanjeeta kk  on December 22nd, 2010

Lovely texture, like the combo of orange and blueberries in it. next bake of mine is this :)

cityhippyfarmgirl  on December 29th, 2010

This looks like a lovely combination of flavours. I love blueberries. I think I will hunt some down for tomorrow. Thanks!

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