Orange Lavender Loaf

July 14, 2019Sew White

Orange Lavender Loaf is a wonderful summer bake. It combines the fruitiness of oranges and floral delight of lavender. Perfect for picnics.

This loaf was incredible! Orange Lavender Loaf is a super mix of floral and zesty orange notes which will make any afternoon tea a little extra special. It’s quick to mix up and bake so you can have it with done within an hour. Lavender is a lovely ingredient to use for baking, just make sure you get the edible lavender to stay safe.

Close up of the lavender and orange slices on top of the Orange Lavender Loaf

I added a little extra lavender to the top of the loaf as the cooked lavender had lost a little bit of it’s flavour. I added it once I had added the drizzle so it stuck on a bit more.

A drizzle always adds a little more moisture and taste the final bake when it’s ready to serve. The drizzle also adds a lovely glossiness and the orange glistens.

golden brown Orange Lavender Loaf ready to slice with silver dessert forks.

How great goes this look!! Because I used the orange slices layered in the tin I think the finished cake looked so wonderful. However I was a bit worried that it would be difficult to cut. Once cooked though the orange slices were easy to cut through.

The first slice of the Orange Lavender Loaf. Topped with orange slices and edible dried lavender.

I wish I had another slice of this to enjoy now. Looking at the photos now I’m so hungry. The sponge was soft and the drizzle had sunk through enough to keep the it sponge moist. Serving it when it is still warm is definitely the way to enjoy it. Warm loaf is pretty wonderful.

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Orange Lavender Loaf

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 10 people
Author Sisley White

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp edible lavender You can also add a little extra once it's baked to add the purple tones back to the top of the loaf.
  • 3 oranges
  • 200 g self-raising flour
  • 200 g caster sugar
  • 200 g unsalted butter
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 4 tbsp icing sugar
  • water

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC (160ºC fan).
  2. Grease and line a half lb loaf tin tin with greaseproof paper.

  3. Sprinkle a line of the edible lavender in the base.

  4. Thinly slice the oranges and lay them in the bottom of the cake tin on top of the lavender. Over lapping to get a beautfiul finish on the cooked cake.

  5. Cream the sugar and butter together in a bowl with a wooden spoon.
  6. Mix in each egg one at a time.
  7. Sift in the flour and mix until smooth.
  8. Add the zest and juice of 1 orange to the mixture and mix well.
  9. Spoon the batter into the cake tin being careful not to move the oranges.
  10. Bake for 30-45 minutes. The cake should be golden on the outside and the skewer should come out clean. Remove from the oven and allow to cool while you make the drizzle. It might take up to an hour depending on your oven just keep an eye on it.
  11. Once cooled, using a knife loosen the cake from the edges of the tin. Place a plate on the cake tin and turn it over to release the cake and show the orange slices on top. Peel off the greaseproof paper.

  12. In a small pan, mix the juice of 1 orange with the icing sugar and 2 tablespoons of water.
  13. Warm on a medium heat and keep stirring as the liquid turns into a syrup.
  14. Take the syrup off the heat (careful, it's hot!) and pour all over the cooling sponge.
  15. Leave for a few minutes for the drizzle to sink in. Best served when it is still warm.
Glistening orange drizzle on the Orange Lavender Loaf complimented by the purple tones of the lavender.

How to make the Orange Lavender Loaf

In your loaf tin lay a base of greaseproof paper. Add a line of edible lavender and lay the orange slices over the top.

Place the edible lavender in a pestle and mortar and grind it down. Add it to the cake mix. Grate the zest of the orange and add it to the cake mixture too. Adding the edible lavender and orange zest and juice makes the flavour absolutely delicious.

Making the glorious glaze for the cake is super simple. Add water, icing sugar and orange juice to a saucepan and let it bubble down to a thick syrup. Pour over the finished cake and it will sink through sponge leaving it extra moist.

The smell of this load as it was cooking made the house smell incredible. That rich intoxicating smell of lavender that makes you calm and a little sleepy. There was also a lovely orange zestiness that complimented the lavender that sang out of a summer flavour.

gold cake loaf ready to serve.

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16 Comments

  • Sylvie

    July 15, 2019 at 2:10 am

    Such a delicious looking cake! I love the orange slices on top, they really make you wanna dig in 🙂 #cookblogshare5 stars

    1. Sew White

      July 15, 2019 at 8:11 pm

      Thank you so much 🙂

  • Monika Dabrowski

    July 15, 2019 at 7:39 am

    Sounds and looks absolutely delicious! The flavour combination of this cake is really lovely. Thank you for bringing it to #CookBlogShare5 stars

    1. Sew White

      July 15, 2019 at 8:11 pm

      Thank you Monika, It was a delicious cake indeed.

  • Lois

    July 15, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    I love baking with florals. I have to try this as lavender isn’t something I’ve really used except in extract form.5 stars

    1. Sew White

      July 16, 2019 at 1:41 pm

      You should try, if anything it works out the arm muscles when grinding it down.

  • Justin

    July 16, 2019 at 6:03 am

    How beautiful! I love the orange slices layered up like that.5 stars

    1. Sew White

      July 16, 2019 at 1:42 pm

      thank you <3

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  • Eb Gargano | Easy Peasy Foodie

    July 16, 2019 at 9:19 am

    This looks so lovely! I simply adore edible lavender as a flavouring for cakes, biscuits, scones etc. and I love how you’ve paired it with orange – DELICIOUS! Eb x5 stars

    1. Sew White

      July 16, 2019 at 1:34 pm

      Thank you so much Eb, that means a lot <3

  • Jhuls | The Not So Creative Cook

    July 16, 2019 at 11:53 am

    This is such an amazing snack to enjoy with a cup of tea. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Sew White

      July 16, 2019 at 1:40 pm

      That is very kind, thank you so much. I think I need tea now.

  • Mandy

    July 16, 2019 at 1:03 pm

    I feel like I could almost taste it! Orange cakes are the way forward and so simple to do like the classic lemon ones.5 stars

    1. Sew White

      July 16, 2019 at 1:43 pm

      I agree a little more sunshine in bakes when it’s oranges!

  • Kat (The Baking Explorer)

    July 16, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    This looks gorgeous! I would love a slice.5 stars

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