Marzipan and orange traybake

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Marzipan and orange traybake
Marzipan and orange traybake
  • Makes: 16 slices

  • Prep time:

  • Cooking time:

    (plus 10 mins cooling)
  • Total time:

  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

Woman's Weekly recipe Bake this tasty, easy teatime treat and freeze it ready-sliced - you can whip out just what you need from the freezer when unexpected visitors drop by.


  • 175g (6oz) butter
  • 100g (3½ oz) caster sugar
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 250g (8oz) self-raising flour
  • Grated zest and chopped flesh of 1 large orange
  • 250g (8oz) white marzipan, coarsely grated
For the icing:
  • 100g (3½ oz) icing sugar
  • 1-2tbsp orange juice
  • 15g (½ oz) chopped pistachio nuts (or toasted almonds)
  • Tray bake tin, lined with Bakewell paper

Top tip: You can use fresh orange juice or concentrated juice from a carton for the icing.


  1. Set the oven to 180°C (gas mark 4). Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, beat in the eggs, one at a time, with a tbsp of the flour, then beat in the orange zest and roughly chopped orange flesh. Fold in the rest of the flour and half the marzipan.
  2. Spread the mixture into the tin and sprinkle the rest of the marzipan over the top. Bake for 35-40 mins. Leave in the tin for 10 mins to cool, then cool on a wire rack. Cut into 16 slices.
To serve now: Mix the icing sugar and orange juice to make a glacé icing. Drizzle it over the cake slices and sprinkle with pistachio nuts. Leave to set.
To freeze: Pack the slices into a rigid container, interleaving with paper. Seal, label and freeze. Use within 3 months.
To serve from freezer: Take out slices, thaw at room temperature, then ice and decorate them as above. For extra speed, pop a few slices at a time in the microwave, for a few seconds, to defrost.

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Nutritional information per portion

  • Low
  • Med
  • High
  • Calories 265(kcal)
  • Fat 13.0g
  • Saturates 6.0g

This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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Tried this and it was delicious, and festive without the fruit for those who dislike traditional Xmas type cakes. Easy too


Amazing! So easy to make & it tastes delicious. I did however have a bit of difficulty grating the marzipan as it was a bit soft although it had been in the fridge overnight. Maybe putting it in the freezer for a while will help it to firm up, ill try this next time.

Ann B

So easy to make,my husband loved it and have passed it onto a friend.

GTK Recipes Editor

Hi Mary Under the recipe picture there is a button that says "print recipe." If you click this it will open a print friendly version of the recipe.

GTK Recipes Editor

Hi Dee A standard traybake tin is 28 x 18cm (11 x 7in)

Mary Barry

Is it possible to get a print friendly version of your recipes.

Dee Cammack

Interested in making the Marzipan and Orange Traybake featured in this weeks WW mag. However, not sure what size a traybake tin is and would appreciate some guidance please.

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