Here is the much-requested recipe for my Orange Butter Bars.
Orange Butter Bars
1½ cups sugar
Grated rind 3 oranges
3 cups self raising flour
1 tablespoon custard powder
1 cup milk
½ cup orange juice
125g butter, melted
3 cups icing sugar
Grated rind 1 large orange
2 teaspoons melted butter
Juice 1 orange (approximately)
To Make the Cake
Heat oven to 160 degrees C (fan forced). Grease a baking tin 25cm x 35cm.
Whisk the eggs, sugar and orange rind together until light and fluffy.
Add the flour, custard powder, milk and orange juice (do NOT stir until all of these are in the bowl) and then whisk together until the batter is smooth.
Pour into the prepared tin and level out. Bake for approximately 40 minutes until a metal skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
Leave the cake to cool in the tin.
To make the icing
Sift the icing sugar and add softened butter.
GRADUALLY add the orange juice until a spreadable consistency is reached. Spread over cake.
If wishing to have a feather and fan effect on the icing, hold back ½ cup of the orange icing. Mix into this 1 tablespoon cocoa and enough boiling water to make the same consistency as the batch of orange icing.
Spread orange icing over cake and then, using a piping bag with small nozzle, pipe parallel lines at 1cm intervals across the cake then drag a skewer through to give the desired effect.