Marmalade Cake


I recently bought Jane Brocket’s Vintage Cakes and the very first cake featured is marmalade cake. To me, it seemed like an easy recipe and a perfect cake to trial as a possible treat for my book club. Last Sunday night, still feeling sad about my cousin leaving, I whipped it up and noticed right away that it didn’t seem…right. The batter was really thick and didn’t look as dark as the cake in Ms. Brocket’s book. Well, I thought, it will darken in the oven. As you can tell from the photo below it didn’t darken at all and, in fact, when I took it to work one of my co-workers thought it was corn bread! The glaze also looked nothing like Ms. Brocket’s as I couldn’t get the confectioner’s sugar to dissolve in the orange juice no matter how much I stirred it so there are lumpy bits of sugar resting on top of the cake. It was also just a tad too dry.

marmalade cake

The taste was, however, a success because it was really delicious. Not too sweet, like most American cakes, and the glaze might have looked ugly but it smelled and tasted like orangey goodness.

I did find this blogger who is doing a ‘Brocket Bakes’ series, which I think is an outstanding idea, and her cake looked very similar to mine (minus my gloopy glaze) so I am not too disappointed!

Have you had any baking fails lately?

18 thoughts on “Marmalade Cake

  1. Lisa

    I’m a big believer in theraputic baking! I find it a great comfort & distraction. and since I usually take most of it in to work, it’s very popular there as well 🙂 I’ve got a whole file of cake recipes to try, and it was one of my new year’s resolutions to be braver in trying new ones, but I haven’t managed that yet.


    1. I am too, Lisa! Baking is one of my favorite hobbies and I love trying new things. I’ve never really made very many cakes from scratch so that is my goal this year. I think next up will be a lemon drizzle cake like Sam mentions below.


  2. vicki (bibliolathas / skiourophile)

    It sounds like a delicious cake, regardless! I haven’t had an orange cake for ages – might have to go find myself a simple recipe (my baking fails are caused by getting bored and/or forgetful with too many instructions!).


  3. jessicabookworm

    Sadly no baking for me recently, really should get back into it though because I always find it such a relaxing and comforting thing to do. Shame you had a few problems with this recipe but as long as you got a delicious cake at the end that’s all that matters.


  4. Katrina

    As long as it tastes good there’s no problem. ‘It’ll be good with custard’ as we say in my family, when things don’t turn out quite as you want them too. I baked coffee and walnut cake today, the buttercream topping is far too sweet. The cake is good though so some tweaking required next time – completely different topping. I couldn’t get the sugar to dissolve in the lemon juice for the last cake I baked, some did but the rest made it crunchy, I think there was just too much sugar in the recipe.


    1. Hmmmm….dissolving the sugar seems to be an issue for some of us. I wonder what the pros do differently? Coffee and walnut cake sounds absolutely delicious – I think there is a recipe for that in the Brocket book. And I love the family saying!


  5. sunday taylor

    I love the sound of a marmalade cake, right out of a Barbara Pym novel. I have never made one but I am intrigued. Will have to find a good recipe now!


  6. Sam (Tiny Library)

    I think it looks great! I have the same problem when I make lemon drizzle cake, my ‘drizzle’ is always too sugary/crystal-like.


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