Sunday, August 7, 2011

Orange and Almond Cake

There is something about oranges.. No, I promise you my oranges do not have sperm hair gel look going. This is something that I enjoy making but rarely do it. I mean c'mon you gotta plan to cook the oranges and let it cool. No that does not sound like me. Plus the last time I made this, mind you it was years ago, I burnt that bloody cake. That to me means oh no way am I making it again. I do not have many cooking/baking fails. But this cake was a total write off put in bin scenario and I seriously don't like wasting stuff.

Nearly 18months I did not make this. But there is a glut of oranges and thanks to our strong Aussie Dollar, nobody can afford to import them. Oranges are everywhere and incredibly cheap! So I bought two oranges. Yes only two as I have a thing about leaving fresh produce in the house until it's dead.

This is the laziest part of the entire event, boiling the oranges. Put both oranges into a pot of water, make sure that there is enough to cover the oranges. Cook this for 2 hours. The house will smell amazing like you have orange essential oil on a burner. Let the orange cool after draining the water.

Now here is the fun part. Chuck the oranges into a bowl or a blender. I used a stick blender, blend the orangessssss! BLEND!! When the oranges are in a mush, get 1 cup of caster sugar, 3 eggs and BLEND some more... it is very theurapeutic, you can tell I have a stressful job. Now throw in your 2cups of almond meal and 1/2 cup of plain flour. Throw in 1 teaspoon of baking powder. Shift this with your plain flour.

Stir the flour through with a spatula or spoon - whatever floats your boat. You cake mix should smell yummy with the orange oils and rind. Then pour into prepared 20cm (8inch) springform tin. Now all of you will find out that I have a lazy cake tin lining secret. I use aluminium foil as I do not want to cut paper into shape. :P

Bake for 45mins to an hour until the cake is cooked through at 170 degrees celsius. Ta daaaa... Orange and Almond cake.


  1. Oooh, I LOVE orange and almond cake. It's so ridiculously easy, but I never tell people cos they think I'm so clever! I make mine in the magimix, never knew you could use a stick blender and do everything at once. Very cool.

  2. Isn't it sooooo easy? Although the bottom was a little too dark for my liking - presentation wise. I need aluminium tins instead of those dark nonstick ones. I love my lazy al foil lining. HAHA


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