Greek Orange Cake

Keen Home Cook 2020-21 Finalist - Gillian Nowland

About the Recipe

I believe the Mediterranean diet is a healthy diet which uses simple, locally produced ingredients. The abundance of sun and good soil results in wonderful ingredients such as olives and tomatoes. Much of the meat is produced by small ethical farmers. Greece produces the best yogurt!


250g ready-made filo pastry


  • 3 large juicy oranges (save zest from 1 orange for cream and 2 halves of juiced orange for marmalade)

  • 150g castor sugar

  • 1 tbsp. pure honey

  • 150ml Water

  • Cinnamon stick


  • 2 large free-range eggs

  • 100g castor sugar

  • 150g Greek yogurt

  • 100ml sunflower oil

  • 1 tsp vanilla essence

  • ½ tsp baking powder

Quick marmalade

  • 2 orange halves (saved from juiced oranges)

  • 150g castor sugar

  • Pinch of ground cinnamon

Orange liqueur whipped cream

  • 100ml double cream

  • 50ml Greek yogurt (thick full fat)

  • Zest of one orange

  • Splash of orange liqueur Grand Marnier

  • 1 tablespoon castor sugar


Scrunch filo sheets and bake in oven at 150°C for 20 minutes or until nicely dried out

In the meantime, make syrup by taking juice from 3 oranges

Add water, castor sugar, honey and cinnamon stick

Add 2 orange halves from juiced oranges

Bring to boil and simmer for at least 30mins

Set aside


Beat eggs and sugar

Add Greek yogurt, vanilla and baking powder and beat again

Slowly add oil to mix while beating

Break cooled filo into flakes and gently mix with batter ensuring all flakes are well covered in batter

Add cooked orange halves to food processor and add 150g castor sugar and a pinch of ground cinnamon

Mix to a pulp in food processor

Stir marmalade mix into filo and batter

Bake for 30 to 35 mins at 170°C

Remove from oven and immediately pour over cooled syrup and allow it to soak into cake

Orange liqueur whipped cream

Whisk double cream, Greek yogurt and castor sugar until thick and creamy stand in firm peaks

Very gently fold in splash of Grand Marnier and orange zest

Set aside in fridge.