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St Clements Cake

Who remembers the traditional English rhyme?

"Oranges and lemons say the bells of St Clements. The words relate to bells at St Clements Church, a church designed by Sir Christopher Wren in 1687. The oranges and lemons refer to the citrus fruits unloaded at the wharves nearby

The name may relate to a nursery rhyme but the cake with its delicious orange flavour is well worth considering!

St. Clement's Cake


1 whole orange, (300gms) seeds removed ( Try a Naval orange... they rarely have seeds)

3 eggs

180 gms soft butter

1 cup sugar

1.5 cups plain flour

1.5 tsp baking powder


  1. Preheat oven to 180C

  2. Grease and paper a loaf pan. Set aside

  3. Purée orange in a food processor.

  4. Sift flour and baking powder together.

  5. Cream butter and sugar till creamy

  6. Add eggs one at a time

  7. Beat well after each addition

  8. Fold in sifted flour alternately with orange puree

  9. Pour into a greased, lined loaf pan

  10. Bake at 180C for about forty to fifty minutes.

  11. Test for doneness

  12. While still hot, (leave in pan) poke a few holes in the top, and drizzle over a lemon icing, which will soak in.

  13. Once the icing has soaked in, remove from pan to cool.

  14. Re-ice when cold.

  15. Decorate with orange zest

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