1⁄2 cup sugar
Juice of 1 orange
For the Cake
2 1⁄4 cups flour
3⁄4 tsp baking soda
1⁄4 tsp baking powder
1⁄2 tsp salt
1 cup plus 2 Tbsp castor sugar
Zest of 2 large oranges
2 tsp orange blossom water
1⁄2 tsp vanilla extract
3⁄4 cup oil
2⁄3 cup yoghurt, room temperature
For the Glaze
3⁄4 cup icing sugar
1⁄2 tsp orange blossom water
Juice of 1⁄2 orange
Preheat the oven to 180°C. Generously grease a 10-cup Bundt pan.
To make the syrup, heat the sugar and orange juice in a small saucepan until the sugar dissolves. Set aside.
To make the cake, sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
In a large bowl, add the sugar and orange zest. Rub the zest in the sugar with your fingertips until it resembles wet sand.
Add the eggs, orange blossom water and vanilla and using a mixer or electric whisk, beat on medium-high speed for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the eggs are thick and pale.
Turn the mixer to a low speed and alternate adding the dry ingredients and the oil. Stir in the yoghurt before pouring the batter into the Bundt pan and bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Poke plenty of holes across the top of the cake with a toothpick. Pour the syrup on top, letting it seep through the holes. Let the cake cool for exactly 10 minutes before inverting it onto a wire rack to cool completely. If you try to remove the cake from the pan too early or too late, it could stick to the pan.
To make the glaze, mix the sugar and orange blossom water in a small bowl. Add the orange juice 1 spoonful at a time until you have a smooth, pourable consistency. If it’s too thin, add a little more sugar, and if it’s too thick, add a little more orange juice or water. Pour the glaze evenly over the cake and serve.