Orange Yogurt Syrup Cake with Roasted Cherries

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So long it has been since I’ve danced around the kitchen licking spoons of cake batter. Things have been busy. Since I last wrote on here, a lot of things have happened, I’ve written countless essays, celebrated birthdays, not slept much and booked countless flights and hotels for our impending trip abroad. Sadly amidst the chaos, this blog, this silly little love of mine, has been pushed most abruptly to the back of a never-ending queue of assignments and errands and emails. To make amends (mostly to myself), I baked a cake. It’s not dissimilar in structure to those which have come before it, such as the Apple Yogurt Tea Cake or the Lemon and White Chocolate Cake, simple, unfussy, made with yogurt and oil. This is a winter cake, a welcome respite from the mayhem. It’s quite fluffy in texture, lightly spiked with cardamom and fragrant orange zest, drowned in the most jubilant of syrups and topped with cherries. It’s best served alongside grey skies and a light drizzle. English Breakfast is your tea of choice here.

Orange Yogurt and Syrup Cake with Roasted Cherries

Two cups of self raising flour
One cup of thick full fat Greek yogurt
One cup of sugar
Two eggs
One third of a cup of macadamia nut oil (or any clear, neutrally flavored oil)
The zest of two oranges
Two tablespoons of fresh orange juice
One teaspoon of cardamom
One teaspoon of vanilla extract

Roasted cherries recipe here

In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, yogurt, sugar, orange juice, orange zest, cardamom, vanilla extract and oil until combined. With a wooden spoon stir in the flour. Pour into a lined cake tin. Bake for around forty minutes or until golden and a skewer inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean. Leave for five minutes in the pan, then remove and transfer to a board. Poke holes all over the cake and pour the syrup on top. You’ll most likely have some syrup left over. Keep it for cocktails or another cake. Top with the roasted cherries, and their juices. Serve with very thick yogurt and and a blatant disregard for all the things you should be doing.

Orange syrup
The 1 cup of freshly squeezed orange juice
One cup of caster sugar
The zest of one orange

Combine all in a saucepan over medium heat until the sugar dissolves and the mixture thickens

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