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Baked to perfection, orange flavored, egg mixed cake for celebrations with family and friends.

Ingredients:

250g butter, softened, plus a little extra, melted, for the tin

250g self-raising flour, plus extra for dusting

225g golden caster sugar

2 oranges, zested

5 large eggs

1 tsp baking powder

For the drizzle:

2 oranges

, juiced (use the ones you’ve zested)

2 tbsp golden caster sugar

For the icing:

150g butter, softened

500g icing sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

180g tub full-fat cream cheese

For the decoration:

4 x 90g bags mini eggs

Directions:

Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Butter a bundt tin or fluted cake ring (at least 2.5-litre capacity), then dust the tin with a little flour, shaking off the excess. Beat all the cake ingredients with a pinch of salt using an electric whisk until you have a smooth batter. Spoon into the prepared tin, smoothing the top with a palette knife, then bake for 35 mins until a skewer inserted into the center comes out mostly clean with a few dry crumbs attached.

For the drizzle, combine the sugar with the orange juice in a saucepan, then reduce over a medium heat to a loose syrupy consistency. Prick the base of the cake all over with a skewer, then pour over half the syrup, adding the rest once it has been absorbed, Leave the cake to cool in the tin for 15 mins, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

While the cake is cooling, make the icing. Beat the butter with half the icing sugar and the vanilla extract until smooth and fluffy. Add the remaining icing sugar and the cream cheese and beat again until well combined – don’t overbeat or the icing will become runny.

Spread a thin layer of the icing over the entire cake, taking care to get into all the crevices, then pop in the fridge for 20 mins to set. If you are short of time, you can always put it in the freezer. Spread the remaining icing onto the cake in an even layer. Once iced, the cake will keep in the fridge for three days. Bring to room temperature before decorating and serving.

Sort the Mini Eggs into different colours (a possibly therapeutic exercise, depending on your organisational tendencies). Stick the Mini Eggs all over the top of the cake.

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