When the orange is soft and cold, cut in half and remove any pips. Process the whole orange, including the skin, until medium chunky

From: http://www.maryberry.co.uk/recipes/baking/whole-orange-spice-cake

Is skin the outer thick orange coloured cover?
or the fibrous threads that orange pieces have?
or the thin skin that holds the juice and seeds?

What are pips and skin of an orange?

1 Answer 1


The skin is the outer thick orange-coloured cover; obviously as you're not told to remove it this would include the pith (the white fibrous material) as well. The pips are the seeds inside the fruit:



plural noun: pips

1. a small hard seed in a fruit.

synonyms: seed, stone, pit

  • So, it is telling me to put in "whole" orange in the cake? Is the cover not sour in taste? Commented Apr 3, 2014 at 9:32
  • 4
    The skin (or rather the white pith inside the skin) is somewhat bitter, yes, but seeing as you have over half a pound of sugar in there as well, I imagine that's been accounted for. British fruit-based cakes tend not to be so all-out sweet as those from other countries. Also, consider something like marmalade, which usually has shreds of skin in it. With citrus fruits, the majority of the flavour is in the skin itself, not the fruit inside. Commented Apr 3, 2014 at 9:35
  • 1
    No problem. Happy baking! Commented Apr 3, 2014 at 9:40

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.