Orange and White chocolate loaf cake

After discovering Ruby from the Great British bake off's cooking blog and browsing through all her amazing recipes, I couldn't stop thinking about the orange and white chocolate loaf I had stumbled across on there. It sounded gorgeous, it looked amazing and well I just knew I had to try it for myself!

Here is Ruby's recipe and method that I used - (be sure to check out her blog also) Link here.

Recipe -

For the cake:
125g butter
125g caster sugar
zest of 2 oranges
zest 1/2 lemon
175g self-raising flour
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
60ml milk
150g white chocolate, chopped into small chunks

For the syrup:
Juice of 1 orange
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
100g caster sugar

50-100g white chocolate ( This is for the topping)
1) Preheat oven to 180C (160C fan) or Gas mark 4. Grease and line a 2lb loaf tin (approx 20-25cm long).
2) Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy (I used an electric mixer for this!)
3) Beat in 2 orange zests and half of a lemon zest then gradually add the eggs to the mixture.
4) Gently fold in the flour and milk, followed by the white chocolate.
5) Spoon the mixture into the lined tin, smooth over, and bake for 45-50mins –  Make sure you check the middle of the cake is cooked by inserting a skewer into the cake - if it comes out more or less clean it is done.
6) While the cake is in the oven, prepare the syrup by gently heating the orange and lemon juices in a saucepan, and then stirring in the sugar until dissolved.  As soon as the cake is out of the oven, pierce all over with a skewer, and spoon the syrup over – you may not need to use all of it, but do be generous.  Leave the cake to cool in the tin.
7) Once the cake is cool remove it from the tin.
8) Heat the white chocolate for the drizzle in 10 second bursts in the microwave, stirring regularly.  When melted, drizzle over the top of the cake, using either a spoon or piping bag.
This was such a gorgeous cake! I was so impressed with myself - it was lovely and moist and the flavours were really tasty.
Let me know if you decide to try this recipe - you won't be disappointed!

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