Orange cake with a hint of thyme

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Orange cake with a hint of thyme
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Orange meets thyme… the best orange cake you've ever eaten
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Dessert
Cuisine Own recipe
Servings 8 persons
Calories 341 kcal


  • mixer / blender
  • oven
  • cake pan/mold 25 x 10 cm
  • baking paper


  • 2 oranges
  • 125 gr butter
  • 110 gr sugar
  • 1 package vanilla sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 125 gr flour
  • 2 teaspoon instant yeast
  • 1 teaspoon thyme fresh


  • 200 gr icing sugar
  • ½ orange juice


  • Preheat the oven to 200º
    Remove the butter from the refrigerator in time so that it is soft. Mix this with the sugar. You can do this with a spatula or use the beaters of the mixer)
  • Add the eggs one by one. Beat for a few minutes until the mixture becomes a little fluffier.
  • Scrape the peel (= zest) from the two oranges with a grater. Mix the flour with the yeast and zest. Add this to the other mixture and stir well.
  • Juice 1 orange and add both the juice and the pulp to the dough (max 100 ml). Mix well.
    Remove the small leaves from the thyme sprigs until you have +/- 1 tsp. (not too much, we just want a light taste)
  • Line the inside of the mold with baking paper (= only to easily remove the cake from the mold afterwards)
    Place the dough in the mould. Note, I used a fairly small shape. The cake will not rise much (+/- 1 to 2 cm) but is very airy.
    Bake it for 40 minutes at 180º. Please note that I had a cristal cake tin, which takes a little longer than metal or silicone. So it is best to test with a skewer after 30 minutes to see if it is baked on the inside.


  • Only do this once the cake has cooled:
    Mix the icing sugar with 1 tbsp orange juice. Then add juice little by little, but do not let it become too liquid. Slowly pour the syrupy sugar over the cake. I then put it in the refrigerator for 10 minutes so that the glaze would set faster.


Looking for an innovative baking recipe? Try this orange cake with an addition of fresh thyme.
This combination offers an innovative twist on the traditional orange cake. Due to the addition of thyme, which gives a mildly spicy undertone that goes well with the sweetness of the orange.
A cake for those who want to experiment with flavor combinations
The ingredients are easy to source and the recipe is easy to follow, making it an excellent choice for both novice and experienced bakers.
The addition of fresh thyme is not only tasty, but also aromatic, which provides a pleasant smell during baking. This orange cake with thyme can serve as a tasty dessert or a delicious treat with coffee.
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Calories: 341kcalCarbohydrates: 52gProtein: 4gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 75mgSodium: 117mgPotassium: 60mgFiber: 1gSugar: 40gVitamin A: 477IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 15mgIron: 1mg
Keyword orange cake, cake recipe, cake with thyme, easy cake recipe
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