This beautiful orange and poppy seed poundcake is lovely and moist yet suprisingly light. This recipe uses very little fat and gets it's fulfilling denseness from tofu, not tons of butter. As tofu is virtually flavourless this secret ingredient is a real winner, give it a go.
I went for the tradditional orange citrus this time but lemon or lime can both be incorporated. I also used wholemeal flour and coconut sugar which is why the cake is so beautiful and bronzed. For a more tradditional look, sub for white.
Both the sliced orange and glaze can be omitted, but I love the crunchy, caramelized orange slices and the sweet glaze. As there is very little fat don't feel bad about adding extra sweetness. Enjoy!
Ingredients For the cake 1⅓ cups self raising whole meal flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
200 grams (1/2 of a block) firm tofu
1 cup granulated or coconut sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
½ cup melted coconut oil (I used less and upped the orange juice)
⅓ cup fresh orange juice (or lemon or lime, whatever you have on hand)
3 tablespoons orange zest
For the sugar glaze 1 cup powdered/icing sugar
2 tablespoons orange juice
Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Grease or line a loaf pan and set aside.
In a blender, combine the tofu, sugar, vanilla extract, apple cider vinegar, coconut oil, orange juice and zest. Blend until the mixture is smooth and combined, ensure it is fully blended, although you can't taste the tofu you still dont want any chunks in there.
Transfer to a large bowl. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, poppy seeds and salt. Mix until combined.
Pour the mix into the lined loaf pan. The mix should be fairly thick and fluffy, spread evenly with a spatula.
Thinly slice an orange and decorate the top of the cake (optional).
Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow to cool before topping with the orange glaze.
To make the glaze Whisk together the powdered sugar and orange juice until the sugar is dissolved, add more orange juice to thin out if necessary.
Pour over the top of the loaf, cut into slices and enjoy.