As you may have noticed, I am a fan of recipes that have extra sneaky bits in them. Grated beetroot. Carrot cakes. Coconut in stuff. Anything that adds in a bit more goodness. In this post I share another sneaky recipe, a food processor whole orange cake one that got me quite excited. What I like about this recipe is that you don’t have to boil the oranges first, just blitz them in the processor!

Food processor whole orange cake

My boys don’t like bits in their food. One will not eat corn, none of them will eat lettuce and they all seem to have an aversion to green stuff. Except broccoli. So in order to get some variety in their diets I hide stuff. Grated eggplant, blitzed onion, grated carrot all hide in my pasta sauce. If they only knew these were in there would be mutiny. It would start with one comment, you can imagine it… “i don’t like eggplant”, this would be amplified to the power of three. Then they would all start to pick out any bits they thought might be a vegetable they didn’t like (and there are lot of those). Then it would spiral into a competition as to who can behave the worst. One of the boys, or mummy when she sees little fingers pick through her food and then wiping it on clothes…

To avoid scenarios like these I sneak. In fact I get secret pleasure from sneaking stuff in. It’s practical. And I have achieve a small yet important victory.

Another sneaky recipe – food processor whole orange cake

So here is a recipe for a whole orange cake. Good for the one boy who refuses to eat any fruit. I know, you think this could not be possible, but it is true. Recently he refused to sit at the same table as someone who had a piece of fruit in their lunch box.

Here is my new favourite recipe. It is not mine, but there are many variations of this on the interweb. I am entering this in September Sweet New Zealand this month, hosted by Karen at Mummy Do It, and created by the lovely Alessandra Zecchini.

I hope you like this whole orange cake recipe. Why not read more about the health benefits of oranges?

Mummy to three small boys


Whole orange cake
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  • 1 orange, skin and all
  • 1½ cups self-raising flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 180g butter, melted
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Line a round cake tin with baking paper and set aside.
  3. Place the orange (skin, seeds and all) into the blender and blend until it's mushy.
  4. Add the flour, sugar, eggs and butter and blend until just combined.
  5. Pour into the baking tin and smooth surface.
  6. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a skewer pushed into the centre comes out clean.
  7. Ice with your favourite chocolate icing.
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