Orange soured cream cakes with syruped papaya

Orange soured cream cakes with syruped papaya

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Ready in 1 hour - 1 hour 10 minutes

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12 cakes

A very English dessert gets a tropical makeover

Nutrition and extra info

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Nutrition: per cake

  • kcal329
  • fat14g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs49g
  • sugars33g
  • fibre1g
  • protein4g
  • salt0.45g
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  • 140g softened butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 200g caster sugar
  • 4 large eggs



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  • finely grated zest of 2 oranges



    One of the best-known citrus fruits, oranges aren't necessarily orange - some varieties are…

  • 142ml carton soured cream
  • 175g self-raising flour
  • icing sugar for dusting

For the topping

  • 250ml orange juice (including juice of above oranges)
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 1 vanilla pod, split lengthways
  • 2 papayas, halved, seeded and peeled, then cut into 1cm pieces



    Native to tropical America, papayas are a large fruit also known as paw-paws. They have vibrant…


  1. Preheat the oven to fan 160C/conventional 180C/gas 4. Lightly butter 12 muffin moulds and line each base with a disc of parchment paper.

  2. Cream the butter and sugar together in a food processor or with an electric mixer. Add the eggs one at a time, beating each one in well, then mix in the orange zest and soured cream before folding in the flour (don’t worry if the mix looks curdled before adding the flour). Divide between the moulds and bake for 20-25 minutes or until firm to the touch.

  3. While the cakes are baking, pour the orange juice and sugar into a pan, scrape in the vanilla seeds and add the pod, too. Bring to a rapid simmer and cook for about 15 minutes until thickened to a syrupy consistency. Remove the pod, replacing it with the papaya, and simmer gently for a few minutes until the papaya begins to soften.

  4. Turn the cakes out of their moulds and peel off the paper, then turn them the right way up and serve topped with generous spoonfuls of syruped papaya and a light dusting of icing sugar. You can make the cakes and the syrup up to 24 hours ahead and keep them in separate airtight containers. Reheat gently just before serving, or serve cold.

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15th Sep, 2019
Lovely cakes. Delicious. I cut the sugar to 140g and 100g for the syrup. Also had to use mango as didn't have papaya, nevertheless they were superb
18th Dec, 2008
These were fantastic, the cake was moist and the syruped papaya was beautiful. They are amazing served with homemade vanilla ice cream! Such a perfect recipy and so easy!
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