1 cup plain flour
1 cup wholemeal flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons mixed spice
½ cup brown sugar, firmly packed
½ cup white sugar
2 cups peeled, grated orange kūmara (approx. 2 medium)
4 eggs
1 cup canola or rice bran oil
2 medium oranges (seedless), peeled and blended to a purée (leave the skin on ½ an orange for a more zesty flavour)
1 cup caster sugar
⅓ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
⅓ cup cream

What better way to enjoy one of the most significant crops for Māori – the kūmara – than by combining it with oranges to make a moist, luscious cake served with toffee sauce and ice cream?

I use orange kūmara in this recipe for their softness and sweetness. As a one-bowl, easy-mix cake, you’ll be whipping this up often!

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1.Heat oven to 160°C.
2.Grease and line a medium rectangular cake tin (approx. 23 x 33cm).
3.In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients, including kūmara, aerating with your hands.
4.Add wet ingredients to dry and mix with an electric beater on low for 1 minute.
5.Pour batter into the prepared cake tin, and bake for 45 minutes or until the cake springs back when lightly touched.
6.While the cake cooks, make the orange toffee sauce.
7.Place sugar and orange juice in a medium saucepan and stir to combine.
8.Cook mixture over a medium heat, without stirring, swirling the pan every now and then, until a light caramel colour, about 8 minutes.
9.Remove from heat and carefully add cream (take care here as the mixture will bubble vigorously), then return to low heat and stir until smooth.
10.When the cake is cooked, leave to rest in the tin for 10 minutes before slicing and serving warm, smothered in orange toffee sauce and topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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