Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Mudgee Part 2: Whole Orange and Duck Egg Cake

Hi everyone! I am poking my head out from under the mountain of assignments that are crushing my social and blogging life to bring you a continuation of my trip to Mudgee.  This one promises to be a goodie...Why? Because we have ducks.
The mere sight of these creatures makes my heart sing. To me, they are hilarious to watch and I wish could have taken one of them home with me.
I like to imagine them wearing tiny cowboy hats. 
In my opinion these ducks need names. Creatures that could potentially wear a tiny cowboy hats definitely need to have names. I need to set aside my assignments and do some brainstorming on this. 

There is a crow that hangs out in the surrounding trees (where the ducks live) waiting for an opportunity to nab a tasty egg – his name is Fortunato.
So, if the ducks arch-nemesis has a name, I think the ducks definitely need to have one too - that’s my two cents.
On the day that I was there, Fortunato must have been otherwise tied up with some other dastardly deed, because there were eggs for days! 
Eggs for days and a tree full of oranges lead to excellent cake for morning tea.
So, as I mentioned in my previous post, my cousin Ed did the baking, and the following list is what I can lay claim to in regards to this cake:
  • I picked the orange;
  • I held a couple of the eggs;
  • I may have opened the oven;
  • I took photos;
  • I chatted about everything and nothing – as you have probably gathered by merely reading this blog.        

Ed’s little niece (my 2nd cousin) was also present to provide entertainment (in the form of dancing and climbing in a colourful fairy dress) and to lick clean the spatula.  
For those of you playing at home, this cake can seriously be a solo project.  Check out the recipe below – you throw a whole orange into a food processor, whizz it up, add some other ingredients, bake it, make a glaze -  done.  
A simple recipe with excellent ingredients makes for a delightful morning tea in the country.
Now, duck names. Please discuss. 
Whole Orange and Duck Egg Cake
Margaret says of this cake: “ This old faithful is suitable for paddock lunches as well as Bridge ladies gatherings…”
  • 1 Whole Orange – skin and all - try and find an orange with a thin skin - like a navel as they have less bitter pith.
  • 180g melted butter
  •  2 duck eggs – or 3 chicken eggs
  •  1 cup castor sugar
  • 1.5 cups self – raising flour
Preheat the oven to 180C
Grease and flour a bundt or ring cake tin. Chop up the orange into quarters - leave the skin on!
Process the orange until completely pureed. Don’t be scared – it’ll happen! Add the rest of the ingredients and whizz until well mixed. Spoon the mix into your cake tin and back for around 40 – 45 minutes.
Mixed 1 tablespoon of melted butter with some orange juice and zest  until the icing is thin enough to spoon over the cooled cake but not so thin that it just slides down the cake and pools on the plate. Start with a small amount of OJ and adjust until you have the right consistency. 

Serve with tea or coffee.


  1. First if all, did you know that "Don Fortunato is a Marvel Comicbook spider-man? How bout we call the ducks: Thor, Hulk, and Peter (aka Spiderman)? Oh and the cake looks delish! lol

    1. I meant "Don Fortunato is a villain in the Marvel Spider-Man comicbook lol

  2. My dream future home has now been updated to include three ducks with miniature cowboy hats attached. Thankyouverymuch.

  3. Looks like you really lived the country life in Mudgee. And I just love it when ducks dress up, especially in olde worlde aprons and bonnets.

  4. Love the cake recipe - as soon as our oranges are ripe - Bam! That cake is going into the oven!

    Now for the duck names: how about Drover, Jackaroo, and Jillaroo? (Heck, I figure with all those eggs, one of them has to be a Jillaroo! :)

    ~ David

  5. OK so my boyfriend and his old housemates purchased 3 ducks to live in the backyard of their West Perth house for nearly a year (until such a time as the quacking at 5am was too much to bare, so we swiftly dropped them off at nearby Hyde Park for a wilder, more appropriate life with the other ducks). Anyway, I degress - they were named Oprah, Janice & Tony. Don't ask about the relevance of those names, I think the names were as random as the purchase of the ducks themselves. The cake looks amazing!

  6. Cowboy hats? Really? I would have gone with bowties.
    Also, ducklings win in the cutest baby animals contest.
    Love the look of this cake and LOVE this post!

  7. Dear Anna,

    Those duck eggs look so fresh with that vibrant orange yolk. I love the tranquility and country feel of Mudgee and Orange.

  8. I'm with you. Ducks always crack me up when I see them waddling and looking around!

  9. This is a fantastic post. Ah, yes... all fowl need names, in my opinion. We dressed up my friend Manuel's three chickens a couple of months ago (their names are Kentucky, Fried and Chicken) in tiny handmade sombreros and ponchos for a Mexican night. It was awesome, I wish I got some photos. As for the ducks... if they're cowboys you can maybe call them after the characters in Firefly (not sure if you watched that show?! I love it)... Mal, Shepherd, Jayne...? Ah, I'm a nerd :) Thanks for sharing this beautiful cake recipe with us.

  10. Ducks are cool, I adore watching them. My sick mind came up with these names; Confit, L'orange & Peking :p

  11. Sounds yum! Love the ducks, they'd be a good addition to my yard, if only I had a little more space! I think one of the girls needs to be called Jemima, after the Beatrix Potter character. I'm not sure about the others though...

  12. Ahhhh ducks are funny. And duck eggs are so delicious. Check out those orange yolks!

  13. Wow the colour of those yolks are so beautiful, delicious recipe Anna!!

  14. Such a great simple recipe! I'm always a bit afraid of using non-hens eggs, I have no idea why. I will have to get some duck eggs and try this.

  15. Omg... Those duck eggs doesn't look like it gets any fresher than that. How delicious! Haven't had them in a long time. Wish I could be in the farm somewhere now haha. Nice cake Anna =]

  16. love ducks! and I love whole orange cake, that intense flavour is dreamy.

  17. What a lovely post - photos of ducks always make me smile :)

  18. That is a seriously simple and delicious looking cake! Love a good orange cake, yum :)

  19. I love this post … is there a next instalment coming?? I think the ducks need cowboy/cowgirl names … i will never look at a duck again without imagining it wearing a small cowboy hat. Love the sound of this cake, too. Thanks for sharing.


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