Orange and blueberry cake with rum syrup

6 Sep

Orange & blueberry cake with rum syrup

This post is a mash-up of two recipes from books currently sitting on my bench. Like many people reading cookbooks – specifically, baking books that consist mostly of sweet bakes, rather than bread – is my Thing. 

I get sent heaps of cook books in my Day Job and I borrow masses from the library so my house always looks like an outpost of the Amazon warehouse.

Getting quite a workout is Margaret Fulton Baking: before Donna Hay there was Margaret Fulton, the queen of Australian baking. This woman, who I had the pleasure of meeting a few years ago, is such a powerhouse of cooking and is still passionate about teaching people to cook real food. The cake is from her book.

The other hot fave is the new Naked Cakes by Lyndel Miller. So many lovely recipes, all gorgeously styled and the syrup is from here.

I reduced the sugar in the cake as there is plenty of sugar in the syrup.

Orange and blueberry cake


2 cups self-raising flour, sifted

¾ cup caster sugar

2 eggs

¾ cup milk

1 orange, juiced and zested

130 grams melted butter

200g blueberries – frozen is fine.

Orange and blueberry cake with rum syrup


Preheat oven to 180C and grease a 22cm round lose-bottomed tart tin.

In a large bowl stir together flour and sugar then add eggs, milk, rind, juice and butter – stir until combined.

Scrape into tin and top with half the blueberries, bake for 20 minutes.

Scatter over remaining berries then bake for another 20 minutes.

Allow to cool for half an hour before tipping over the syrup – you may not need all the syrup but it will keep in a clean container in the fridge for at least a week.


150 grams caster sugar

150 mL of water

30 mL rum

Place all ingredients in small saucepan and over a low heat, stir until the sugar has dissolved. Bring to the boil then immediately reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes – you want a thick, soup-like consistency. Take off heat and allow to cool for 10 minutes before drizzling over cake.

Orange and blueberry cake with rum syrup  The Hungry Mum


29 Responses to “Orange and blueberry cake with rum syrup”

  1. heycakes September 6, 2015 at 9:45 am #

    Blueberries and citrus is such a winning combination. Looks yummy 🙂

  2. Good Food Everyday September 6, 2015 at 9:46 am #

    I also love the mix of blueberries and oranges .. yum ..

    • The Hungry Mum September 6, 2015 at 10:11 am #

      Thanks. The Hungry Dad took this cake to work so I didn’t get to taste it but apparently it got rave reviews.

  3. peakperspective September 6, 2015 at 2:03 pm #

    I can’t believe you let this cake escape the house without diving into it by the fistfuls. Such a heady combination of fruit and spirit, I would not be able to wave farewell to such an edible piece of perfection.
    Definitely going on my ‘must make’ list!

    • The Hungry Mum September 6, 2015 at 11:33 pm #

      I know – I am a martyr to the cake cause! I actually made it to take to my office but then Miss7 was sick and I didn;t go to work. I would have def snaffled a peace then!

  4. youthfoodblog September 6, 2015 at 3:33 pm #

    Blueberry, orange, and rum – all wholesome stuff.

    • The Hungry Mum September 6, 2015 at 11:30 pm #

      Don;t know how wholesome rum is – but is tastes great 😉

  5. Tasty Eats Ronit Penso September 6, 2015 at 4:36 pm #

    Blueberries, orange and rum – what a great combination!

  6. Lili September 6, 2015 at 4:41 pm #

    Saw the words ‘rum syrup’ and rushed over! 🙂 Lovely cake!

    • The Hungry Mum September 6, 2015 at 11:28 pm #

      Thanks! Rum syrup is incredible – plus there’s leftover so may as well rustle up a cocktail 😉

  7. Jasline @ Foodie Baker September 6, 2015 at 4:56 pm #

    Definitely a delicious mash-up, loving anything with alcohol…. because I love things boozy!

  8. milkandbun September 6, 2015 at 5:24 pm #

    I love everything in this cake! Yummy!

  9. burntbutterbakery September 7, 2015 at 12:46 am #

    You had me at ‘rum syrup’!

    • The Hungry Mum September 7, 2015 at 1:36 am #

      How good is rum?! We go through bottles of the stuff – all for baking, of course 🙂

  10. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella September 7, 2015 at 11:49 am #

    Sounds like a great combo of flavours! What is your day job? 😀

  11. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl September 7, 2015 at 9:36 pm #

    Looks like the perfect combo! I need a piece of this gorgeous cake!

    • The Hungry Mum September 8, 2015 at 1:41 am #

      Thanks Pamela! I love baking with citrus, the aroma as it cooks is gorge!

  12. npiyer September 8, 2015 at 4:22 am #

    i want that……

  13. Laura @ Feast Wisely September 9, 2015 at 5:04 am #

    Yum yum!!

  14. dipsiyer September 9, 2015 at 6:15 am #

    Looks delish! And I love the cutlery there! Very vintage and classy!

    • The Hungry Mum September 9, 2015 at 7:43 am #

      awww, ta! I got the cake server from a garage sale for a few dollars and my mum shone it up 🙂

  15. Marie @ Not Enough September 11, 2015 at 2:15 am #

    Orange and Blueberry is such a lovely combination, this cake looks delicious! And how lucky are you to receive so many cookbooks!! haha

    • The Hungry Mum September 11, 2015 at 4:57 am #

      Thanks so much Marie 🙂 My cookbook collection is seriously out of control _ i need to cull it!


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