Orange-Scented Molasses Cake

1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon orange zest, finely grated

1/4 cup palm sugar
75g/3oz butter
1 egg
2 tablespoons unsulphured molasses
1/2 cup buttermilk

Royal Icing Topping (optional)
1 tablespoon egg white
4 tablespoons icing sugar

Yields on 20cm round cake
Preheat oven to 175C/350F. Grease or line 20cm/8inch spring form with parchment paper.

In a bowl, sift together flour, salt, cinnamon, baking soda and orange zest.

Grate the palm sugar. Then beat together sugar and butter until creamy. Stir in the egg, molasses and buttermilk until well combined. Combine wet and dry ingredients. Fill the batter into prepared spring form. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean. Let cool completely.

ToppingCombine egg white and icing sugar until thick and creamy. Add more sugar if it seems to runny. Decorate cooled cake with the mixture. Use double the amount if you want to cover the whole cake.

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