Thursday 28 June 2012

Provamel Cookery Challenge : Orange Bundt Cake

We always love getting involved in cookery challenges here at The Madhouse and, you may remember, last year I impressed even myself by managing to recreate a superb Autumn Fruits Pavlova and Eton Mess following recipes sent through by Provamel. Well, they've thrown down the gauntlet again !

This time, they sent me some ingredients and the recipe that I would need to make an Orange and Redbush Yogurt Bundt Cake. As the name suggests, the star ingredient is Provamel Orange and Redbush Yogurt which I recently reviewed here on my blog. Now, if like me, you're wondering what Bundt cake is, it's one of those cakes that is in the shape of a ring. Not having a Bundt tin, mine will just be a regular cake shape though.

The recipe is as follows :

Orange and Redbush Yogurt Bundt Cake

Preparation Time: 1 hr
Cooking Time: 45 mins
Serves: 8-10 portions


250ml of Provamel Orange and Redbush Botanical Yogurt
 225g soft butter, plus a little extra for greasing the tin
300g caster sugar
6 free-range eggs
350g plain flour ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
Zest of one orange
¼ tsp Sicilian orange extract (optional)
1 tbsp icing sugar for decoration


Oven temperature : 180ºC/350ºF/Gas Mark 4 

- Pre-heat the oven and place a baking tray on the middle shelf with enough room for your bundt tin. Grease the bundt tin well with melted butter. 

- Using a wooden spoon, cream the butter and sugar together in a large bowl until light and fluffy. (I used margarine so that it was much easier to cream and also lower on the calories.)

- Whisk in the eggs one at a time using an electric hand whisk on the lowest setting – add in a little of the flour after each egg. Add in the zest, orange extract, remaining flour, bicarbonate of soda and Provamel Orange and Redbush Botanical Yogurt and carefully fold in using a metal spoon. (I whisked mine by hand with a fork and it worked fine.)

- Pour the mixture into your prepared bundt tin and level out. - Place in a preheated oven for 45-60 mins.

 Before removing the cake from the oven, make sure it is cooked through by inserting a metal skewer – if it comes out clean, the cake is cooked through; if not, then return the cake to the oven for a few more minutes.

- After removing from the oven, allow the cake to cool for 15-20 mins before carefully removing from the mould and dusting with icing sugar.

Well, this is where I parted ways with the recipe slightly. Although the cake smelt lovely and orangey, I thought that the kids would complain it looked a bit boring so I knocked up some very quick butter icing, added some red and yellow food colouring to give it a lovely orange colour, mixed in some of my Steenbergs Organics orange essence and spread it all over the top of the cake. I finished off with a sprinkling of hundreds and thousands. As you can see, this met with the Madhouse Mini-testers' approval !

It's a lovely moist cake with a definite orange flavour. It could possibly be improved with the addition of some candied peel to give it some extra zing, if you don't fancy our icing and multi-coloured sprinkles approach ! I actually thought it tasted better the next day than fresh from the oven. (How sad is it that the slice of cake is on a Dora the Explorer plastic plate when it is for me! That definitely says a lot about my life!)

Other reviews you may be interested in :

Provamel Orange & Redbush
Provamel Botanical Yogurts
More recipes to try from Provamel


  1. Lush cake, and I am now going to use Provamel myself for baking, was waiting for your test review. :)

  2. LOL @ the last photo with Dora killed by a piece of cake (Is it Dora?) Not sure where my previous comment has disappeared, I must have left it in a wrong place, thinking I commented under the cake. the cake looks lush, and I will definitely try cooking with Provamel.

    1. LOL @ Dora killed by a piece of cake !! You've gone mad lovely, your other comment is there too !! xx

  3. this looks really amazing!

  4. Mmmm that cake looks yummy!

    1. Move along, nothing to see ... !! This is one of the reasons my weekly weigh-in will be disastrous this week !! Verdict tomorrow *hugs*

  5. That looks really tasty and I know I could make that because it is practically the same as fairy cakes and I can make those, hurray!

  6. Looks delish and very easy to make. Thanks for the recipe.


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