Hawkes General Store & orange cakes


On moving to Orange seven years ago, nearly everyone I met asked me the same question, have you been to Hawkes yet? Isn’t it gorgeous? I went on my first day and yes it was/is. For the past 37 years, Hawkes General Store has been one of the nicest places in town to pick up coffee, gifts, clothes, homewares, books and accessories. So it’s a real pleasure to write my first ‘sponsored’ post for owner, Coco Pogonoski (nee Hawke).

You might notice Coco’s advertisement over here to the right (featuring her bright yellow door), please click through to take a look at her website and stay informed of Hawkes' news and new arrivals.

Originally established by Coco’s mother Fem Hawke, the store is a bit of an institution here in Orange and remains very much a family enterprise with Fem helping out on a regular basis. Coco's sister Simonn is also the chef and owner of award-winning restaurant Lolli Redini just next door.

Coco fills her store with an ever-changing rotation of beautiful things, so the one draw-back is that every time you pop in for a coffee you leave coveting something new. Nearly every birthday present or treat for our family seems to be purchased here and the store's entire team all seem to have an uncanny knack for knowing exactly what to suggest for every customer. I love that level of service and that it comes in such a gorgeous package!

With Coco recently taking delivery of a great new load of winter stock (I've just been there and trust me - it's dangerous), now is a great time to pop in, grab a coffee and say hello. But if you can't make it there just yet, maybe just bide your time, make yourself a nice coffee and a batch of these orange cakes and jump on to the website for a virtual visit.

Orange cakes with citrus icing

The cakes and biscuits at Hawkes are all made by clever local baker Emily Tweedie. Here she generously shares the recipe for her ever-popular orange cakes. Makes 24 small cakes or one large cake

3 navel oranges
7 free range or organic eggs
1 cup caster sugar
2 tsps baking powder
300g almond meal

Preheat oven to 160C and line a 12-hole, one cup capacity muffin tin with baking paper. Place oranges in a saucepan, cover with water and bring to a boil. Boil for 1 1/2 hours (topping up the water as you go if necessary). Transfer unpeeled oranges to a food processor and blitz to a puree. 

Beat eggs and sugar together until thick and pale. Add the baking powder and beat again for 30 seconds. Stir in the orange puree and almond meal to make a smooth batter. Fill the muffin holes to just under the edge of the tin and bake for 30 minutes (60 minutes if making one large cake). Remove from the tin and let cool on a wire rack.

Zest of a lemon
Juice of half a lemon
500g icing sugar
125g unsalted softened butter

Beat all of the above to a smooth paste. Pipe across the cakes in a swirl patten using a piping bag or a small plastic bag with the end snipped off.

* These cakes are gluten free, keeping in mind the choice of icing sugar used.
* Stewed rhubarb can replace the orange puree for a lovely variation

This post was sponsored by Hawkes General Store. Thanks Coco!


  1. It absolutely looks beautiful and I can see why you would love popping in there. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia


    1. Hi Kathy, thanks for your comment! Hope all is well (and warmer than here!) up in Brisbane, Sophie

  2. Beautiful Sophie, through your description I love this store without even visiting. Another tasty recipe too. It seems like a great time for a zesty orange cake!

    1. Hi Jane, thanks for popping in! Actually, I keep meaning to email you - just back from a great weekend in Sydney catching up with lots of mostly metro-based bloggers as part of the Voices of 2013 campaign and was thinking - it might be fun to try and organise a bit of an 'actual' catch up for us regionally-based bloggers. Would be so fun to actually meet and spend a day or two together sharing ideas/advice etc etc. What do you think? Maybe we could try to do it late this year or early next? Sophx

    2. I have just emailed you Sophie x

  3. We missed this place on our last visit to Orange, will def. need to add it to the list for next time. Looks gorgeous, Sophie.

    1. Hi there- thanks for popping in. And yep, it's definitely worth a visit next time. Has your little bub arrived?


  4. This sounds delicious!
    A quick question with the recipe - do you peel the oranges before blitzing in a food processor?
    Thanks :)

    1. Oops - I should have clarified that! You don't need to peel the oranges at all. Thanks so much, Sophie

  5. Beautiful blog, i found you via Elk's facebook post on you and I'm so glad I did! Stunning recipes and beautiful photos.


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