Rooibos Orange and Ginger cake

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Rooibos Orange & Ginger CakeEnjoy our recipe for a decadent Rooibos, Orange and Ginger cake smothered in citrussy cream cheese frosting.

I am an utterly dedicated tea boozer! So devoted am I to a good brew, that I haven’t even flirted with coffee in about twenty years. From an old-fashioned cup of milky breakfast tea to gorgeous green, peppermint, chai and chamomile, I’m partial to them all.

But a package of organic tea from  Higher Living Australia  (available for purchase at Coles and Woolworth’s) has got me expanding my tea horizons even more.

Higher Living Organi Tea

There’s a tongue-tingling cocoa and chilli tea, and delightful caffeine-free digestive, detox and immunity blends. All of which are now on high rotation here, as much for their deliciousness as their health-giving benefits.

But I have to say it is their Rooibos tea, a red caffeine-free tea that comes from South Africa, that has really tickled my taste buds.  Beloved in South Africa, rooibos (also known as redbush) is made from the leaves of a shrub called Aspalathus linearis. Higher Living’s Organic Rooibos tea leaves are grown on a small organic farm in the Cederberg Mountains in South Africa and is still hand harvested and left to dry in the sun the same way it has been for centuries.

Rich in antioxidants with a delightful earthy flavour, I’ve been infusing everything with it. Even cake. Because lockdown. And cake.

Rooibos Orange & Ginger Cake

More specifically, this rooibos, orange and ginger cake, inspired by a cafe stop with the kids in Cape Town, where I downed a steamy cup of rooibos with a slice of citrussy cake slathered in cream cheese frosting. It was one of those simple moments that imprinted itself in my memories and came hurtling back when I decided to whip up a cake to go with the tea. Only I decided to combine them.

Topped with a citrusy cream cheese frosting, candied blood orange and ginger, and liberally drizzled in a rooibos and citrus syrup, the kids gave this Rooibos, Orange and Ginger cake extravaganza a 10 out of 10 … when they weren’t shovelling it down their necks!


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Hey, I’m Aleney! A mum, award-winning travel writer, magazine editor and gallivanting glutton. He’s Raff, the “boy” in boyeatsworld, and a fearless foodie, adventurer and eco-warrior. Along with his all-singing, all-dancing, all-adventurous sister, Sugarpuff, we’re exploring the world’s colour, culture and cuisine on a food safari for the junior set.

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