Orange marmalade cake recipe

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Orange marmalade cake is a great cake to make with ingredients everyone has in the cupboard. A last minute cake or something to add to the kid's lunch box.

Preparation Time10 mins
Cooking Time1 hours
Total Time1 hours 10 mins
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories2902 Kcal145%
Sugar205.8 g229%
Fat159.9 g228%
Saturated Fat95.4 g477%
Salt5.06 gRow 4 - Cell 2
Protein37.6 g75%
Carbohydrates327.7 g126%
Salt5.06 gRow 7 - Cell 2

Orange marmalade cake is perfect when served warm with whipped cream.

Orange marmalade cake is easy to make, using mostly store cupboard ingredients along with some fresh butter, eggs and oranges. The marmalade - a classic English spread (and a favourite of Paddington Bear’s) - gives the cake a moist, syrupy sweetness. We’ve used a shop-bought jar to save on time, but you could make your own Seville marmalade (opens in new tab) instead. A marmalade with peel works well here, adding a great texture and tanginess to your sponge. Enjoy with a cuppa, or warm up and drizzle with cream after a Sunday roast.


  • 175g butter, softened
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 3 medium eggs, beaten
  • 175g self-raising flour
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 3tbsp thin cut Seville marmalade

To decorate:

  • Sifted icing sugar
  • Grated zest of 1 orange




  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/160°C Fan/Gas Mark 4. Grease and line a 20.5cm round cake tin.
  2. Put all the ingredients for the cake mixture in the bowl of an electric mixer and, starting on the low setting, beat together all the ingredients well. Beat for a couple of minutes to make sure all the ingredients are well combined and you have a creamy cake batter. Spoon into the prepared tin and bake for 50 mins to 1 hour.
  3. Leave to cool in the tin for a couple of minutes, then turn out onto a wire cooling rack. When ready to serve, sieve with a little icing sugar and decorate with the grated zest of an orange.

Top tip for making orange marmalade cake:

It’s important when making an all-in-one cake that the butter is softened or it won’t incorporate properly in the mix. You can always use a soft margarine if you feel that’s easier.