Sunday, August 8, 2010

Time for Orange Thyme Tea Cake

I find that summer is ideal for fruity desserts, and i love incorporating herbs in dessert, so this cake sounded perfect for me!  Other than Jessica, who doesn't enjoy a citrus graced dessert on a warm summer day?

I found this recipe from Lynn Smythe, the herbs & spices feature writer at  With over 90 varieties of herbs and veggies in her organic garden, she sure knows her herbs.  You'll notice i added a bit more of the orange zest and juice, which i figure just enhances the orange taste.  You can stay true to Lynn's recipe or vary it as i did.  In fact, i think this would be delicious with lime or grapefruit (but be sure those devouring the grapefruit variety don't take lipitor since it can cause muscle pain).  I also understand that there are different varieties of thyme, such as orange thyme or lemon thyme.  None of my markets had those interesting varieties, so i used plain ol' fresh thyme.

Now that i've baked this cake, i must say it's extremely moist.  I'm anxious to hear what my taste-testers think.

Lots of fresh orange zest and chopped thyme

Ingredients -
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup butter - room temperature
  • 2 eggs - room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest from one orange
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice from one-half of an orange
  • 2 teaspoons fresh orange thyme leaves

Directions for the Orange Thyme Tea Cake -
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
In another bowl, cream the sugar and butter together until well blended.
Add the eggs, orange zest, orange juice and thyme to the butter/sugar mixture and mix well.
Add the liquid mixture to the flour mixture and stir until well blended.
Pour the batter into a greased and floured nine inch square baking dish.
Place the baking dish in the oven and bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean.
Remove the pan from the oven and poke a bunch of holes in the top of the cake with a fork.
Immediately pour the glaze over the hot cake and let the glaze thoroughly soak through the cake.
When cooled to room temperature, cut the cake into approximately 16 pieces turn the cake out of the pan, sprinkle with confectioner's sugar, and enjoy!

Ingredients for the Orange Glaze -
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
Directions for the Orange Glaze -
Place the orange juice and granulated sugar into a small bowl.
Use a large spoon to mix the ingredients together until all the sugar has been thoroughly dissolved.


  1. Delicious with a big capitol "D". Not only does it absolutely quench a sweet tooth but it is refreshing and not overly sweet. Love it and love the presentation. I am looking forward to whats next to come.

  2. Just baked for a bake sale! Smells and looks great!