Happy New Year Readers! Seen as it's January I wanted to bake something with some (slight) health benefits, and also more importantly, I wanted to use seasonal produce. Orange and pomegranate are both seasonal fruits for January, so I decided to combine them into this tasty moist cake. Garnished with pomegranate seeds, which are packed full of antioxidants and vitamins (that's the slight health benefit part!).
First I beat together 240g butter and 340g caster sugar in a food mixer until fluffy and well combined.
I then added 2 eggs and 200ml semi-skimmed milk and mixed again.
I measured out the dry ingredients of 340g plain flour, 1 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp ground ginger, 1 tsp mixed spice, a pinch of salt, and the zest of one large orange. I folded all of this into the mixture.
I poured the batter into a square brownie pan.
And baked on 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4 for 30 minutes.
Whilst it was baking I put 6 tbsp caster sugar, 8 tbsp pomegranate juice and 4 tbsp fresh orange juice (I used the same orange I got the zest from) in a pan.
I heated it slowly until it boiled then took it off the heat to cool. I hadn't seen pomegranate juice before, but I found it very easily in Tesco.
When the cake came out of the oven I poked holes all over it with a skewer, then using a spoon, drizzled the syrup over it, coating it fully. Then I left it in the pan to cool.
I came back to the cake a while later and it was still a little warm so I put it on a cooling rack. By the time I returned to check on it again it was looking nice and moist as the syrup had soaked in.
I made a cream cheese icing using 150g icing sugar, 75g butter, 50g cream cheese and 1 tsp vanilla extract.
I spread it over the cake, then garnished with pomegranate seeds, and finally added a sprinkle of gold glitter for some extra sparkle!
The cake was delicious and moist, I ate a piece straight away to test my recipe. I could taste the orange and ginger, and the moist sweetness of the pomegranate syrup. I am very pleased with the results!
I have also entered this recipe into the Calendar Cakes January Challenge 'New Year, New You', hosted by Laura Loves Cake and Dollybakes.