Orange and Chocolate Sponge Cake

My mum is an amazing baker, all I know I’ve learned it form her. Yesterday it was my birthday and she baked an awesomely looking cake, but I’m far away from her so I couldn’t taste it! I do believe it was really good. Here’s the recipe, I might try and bake it myself whenever I have spare time!


250 g flour
100 ml vegetable oil
3 eggs
1 sachet of raising powder (~ 16g)
a pinch of salt
250 g sugar
200 g chocolate (any type you like)
a whole unwaxed orange
1 yoghurt


Preheat the oven 180 C

Separate the egg yolks and whites, beat the whites until they stay firm, keep them on a side.

Mix the egg yolks with the sugar, when the mixture becomes white-ish mix in the yoghurt and the oil, stir well all toegther.

On a separate bowl sift the flour with the baking powder and a pinch of salt. Then add it to the egg yolks and sugar mix and stir well.

Wash the orange thoroughly, cut off the top and bottom and chop it into chunks to allow you to take the seeds off. Do not peel the orange, throw the chunks in to a food processor until you get a paste, then add it to the eggs and four and mix well.

Now fold in the fluffy egg whites very carefully.

Chop the chocolate in small pieces and add it to the mixture.

Put the batter in a greased oven-prof mould and put it in the oven for around 30 minutes, but keep an eye on it as all the ovens are different. The sponge cake will be ready when a cocktail stick comes out clean.

Let it cool and enjoy!

Tip! You can cover it with melted chocolate, orange-flavoured butter-cream, chocolate mousse or eat it as it is!  Perfect to go with tea.





Today is Pancake Tuesday! So what else do we deserve for breakfast than fabulous pancakes and a cup of steaming hot coffee? With this recipe you’ll get around 15 pancakes. Let’s do it!


200g (7oz) all purpose flour

1/2 tsp salt

3 tsp raising powder 

1 tsp caster sugar

1 tbs sunflower oil

2 eggs

1 glass of cold milk


Sift the flour together with salt, baking powder and sugar.

In another bowl mix two eggs with oil and milk. Add to the flour mix.

Mix quickly and not for a long time, just until any flour crumb disappears.

Heat a flat pan on the hob and pour a table spoon of the mix at the centre of the pan.

Wait for 2-3 minutes or until bubbles appear to the surface. Then turn the pancake and wait until golden brown.

Bubbles are starting to appear.

Bubbles starting to appear on pancake

Pile them up on a plate and you’re ready to go. Serve them with golden syrup, chocolate spread or marmalade. They’re yummy!