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140g softened lactose/dairy free butter

200g caster sugar

4 large eggs

finely grated zest of 2 oranges

142ml carton lactose/dairy free cream

175g gluten free 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


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.

Cream the lactose/dairy free 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 lactose/dairy free cream before folding in the gluten free 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.

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.

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.

Recipe adapted from: Good Food

Vegetarian - Gluten Free and Low FODMAP Recipe - Orange cakes with syruped papaya
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