• Cooking Time: 60 - 80 minutes
  • Servings: 8-12
  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes


I had to adapt a 'Chocolate Cake' recipe when baking for someone who was allergic to Cocoa based products. A friend suggested cinnamon instead... The end result was DELICIOUS!!! Now it is a personal favourite!!!

After some research I decided on an orange icing and the two flavours go hand in hand!!!


  • 1 1/2 cups Brown Sugar
  • 125g Margarine or Butter
  • 1 cup Water
  • 11/2 tsp Bicarbonate Soda
  • 1 Tbsp Cinnamon (I use Dutch)
  • 1 1/2 cups Self Raising Flour
  • 2 eggs
  • Icing:
  • 1 1/2 cups Icing sugar (approximately)
  • 2 tsp finely grated zest of an orange
  • 1 tsp Margarine/butter
  • Orange Juice


  • Pre-heat oven to 180oC and line and grease a 20cm square cake pan.
  • In a large saucepan, place the sugar, water, butter/margarine, cinnamon and bicarbonate soda.
  • Place this over a gentle heat and bring to the boil, stirring occasionally and gentley boil until the butter/margarine is completely melted.
  • Set this aside to cool for 15-20 minutes.
  • When cooled (I mix it in the saucepan - but you can transfer to a mixing bowl) add the sifted flour and the eggs and beat until smooth (I do it by hand but you could use an electric beater).
  • Pour into the pre-pared cake pan and place in the oven for 45-60 minutes. Or until the cake has cooked through when tested with a skewer.
  • Remove from oven and let cool in tin for 10 minutes before turning out to cool on a wire rack.
  • Ice when Cold.
  • Place the icing sugar into a small mixing bowl with the zest and margarine/butter.
  • Heat 1/4 cup of orange juice ( I do it in the in microwave) until hot.
  • Using 1-2 teaspoons at a time add to the icing sugar mixture. Mix (adding juice as you need) until the margarine/butter is melted and the icing is a smooth spreadable mixture.
  • Spread over the cake and let set for 30 minutes!

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