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Citrus loaf cake


Recipe Name:  Citrus loaf cake recipe with instructions for Aga range cookers

By: Antonia

Meal Type: Cake
Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

Servings: 2 x 1lb cakes – one to enjoy now and one for the freezer.


A simple yet delicious and cake with a tasty glaze. Replacing some of the flour with ground almonds results in a lovely moist cake.

You'll need...


  • 225g/8oz softened butter
  • 225g/8oz golden caster sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 150g/5oz self-raising flour
  • 75g/3oz ground almonds
  • finely grated zest of 4 clementines
  • juice of 2-3 clementines (4tbsp)
  • 60g icing sugar
  • Method:

    1. Grease and line two 1lb loaf tins.

    2. Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, adding a spoonful of flour after each addition to prevent curdling. Add the remaining flour and ground almonds and mix until you have a smooth batter. Stir through the zest from the clementines.

    3. Scrape the mixture into the prepared tins. In a 3- or 4- oven AGA – bake on a grid shelf on the floor of the baking oven for 25-30 minutes until the cakes are firm and a skewer comes out clean.

    4. In a 2-oven AGA, place the tins into the large ‘fits on runners’ roasting tin. Slide this onto the bottom runners with the cold plain shelf on the second runners. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the cakes are firm and a skewer comes out clean.

    5. Place cakes to cool on a wire rack, prick with a skewer or piece of spaghetti and pour 1 tbsp. of juice over each cake. Leave to cool in the tins.

    6. Make a very loose, runny icing with the icing sugar and approximately 2 tbsp. of the juice. Drizzle this all over the top of the cooled cakes and leave to set before removing from the tins.

    Aga range cooker tips:

    • Baking a large 2lb loaf cake in a 2-oven AGA can be a little challenging – instead, bake two smaller cakes and freeze one for another occasion. Standing the tins in the large roasting tin shields the cakes from the high heat from the sides and bottom of the roasting oven whilst the cold plain shelf prevents the top from burning.
    • If you don’t have clementines, you can use mandarins, satsumas or regular oranges.

    This fun family recipe has been scribed and tested by community member Antonia, who is a hard working mum with two boys. Her recipes are trialed in her much loved Aga range cooker and devoured by her family, allowing Antonia to provide accurate tips and advice on how to make the dishes a success! Go check her work out! She is a country girl, happily surrounded by an excitable Lab, her dear husband, two boys and the Cotswolds. 

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