Thomas’s orange surprise cake

Yesterday I conducted an interview with my character Thomas Radwinter – yes that might sound strange, but I have been challenged by a fellow blogger to write 73 different types of  blog and yesterday I reached number 10, an interview.  I’m going to do a recorded interview but technical issues have meant I have to postpone it, so a ‘pretend’ interview took place.

In one of my books which feature Thomas he makes a lemon drizzle cake… however, he realises he has no lemons so he makes it with oranges instead. His little son thinks it’s called an orange surprise cake… and so ever after that was what it was called.

This was based, as you might guess, on something which happened to me! Here is my recipe which I used to call ‘accidental orange drizzle cake’


  • 8 oz butter
  • 8 oz self-raising flour
  • 8 oz castor sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • zest of 1 orange and the juice of 1½ oranges
  • optional poppy seeds


  • 2 oz castor sugar
  • juice of 1½ oranges
  1. cream butter and sugar together until really pale and fluffy
  2. add zest then eggs and flour alternately
  3. gently add the orange juice (and poppy seeds)
  4. put into a greased lined cake or loaf tin
  5. bake at 180ºC, gas mark 4, 350ºF for 40-50 mins, or longer if it isn’t quite ready
  6. make the drizzle by gently heating orange juice and sugar until the sugar is all dissolved – don’t boil
  7. while the cake is still warm, stab it all over with a fork then spoon the juice and sugar mixture evenly over the top
  8. eat when cold – or don’t wait and eat it with cream while it’s warm

PS my featured image is vaguely orange coloured!

Here is a link to the first Thomas book:


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