Almond and Orange Cake

First time I made this cake was about 6 years ago. I kept making various desserts for my guests and family and almost forgot about this one. Recently when my kids asked me to make something fruity and flavorful I opened my old diary where I use to make note of each and every dish that I would serve to my guests while I was in Sri Lanka, and guess what I stumbled upon this one. Now in past two weeks I have baked it three times and I guess it is high time that I share it with you.

Ingredients:

50g breadcrumbs

200g castor sugar

l00g almonds, ground

1 ½ tsp baking powder

200 ml sunflower or vegetable oil

4 eggs

zest of 1 large orange

zest of ½ a lemon/ lime

Syrup:
Juice of 1 orange

Juice of ½ lime

80g sugar

2 cloves

1 piece of star anise

Cooking time: 40 – 50 minutes

Preparation time: 10 -15 minutes

Note: For this recipe do not preheat the oven.

Temperature: 190oC or 375oF or Gas mark 4

Instructions:

  • Grease and line a cake tin (8 inch or 20cm)
  • In a large bowl, mix the breadcrumbs with the ground almonds, sugar and baking powder.
  • Add the oil and eggs to the mixture and beat well.
  • Stir in the orange and lemon zest.
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared cake tin.
  • Put into a cold oven and set to heat to 190C (375F /gas mark 5).
  • Bake for 35 to 40 minutes until the cake is a rich brown and a skewer/ fork inserted into the center comes out clean.

Remove from the oven and cool for 5 minutes in the tin then turn out onto a plate.

Method to prepare syrup:

  • Bring all the ingredients gently to the boil in a pan stirring until the sugar has dissolved.
  • Simmer for 2 minutes.

You can prepare the syrup while cake is baking.

  • Pierce the cake with a skewer/ fork while still warm and pour the syrup over it.
  • Leave to cool spooning the syrup over the cake every now and then until it is all soaked up.

Serve it with whipped cream.

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3 thoughts on “Almond and Orange Cake

  1. Great! The breadcrumbs – how excatly do you do them? Is there a subsitute?

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  2. anujapanwar says:

    Thanks Akanksha, its pretty simple just tear 2-3 slices of wholemeal bread (2-3 days old) into small pieces, put in a mixer- grinder and give a whiz, done in no time. I have always used breadcrumbs, try using whole wheat flour. But i think breadcrumbs give better texture to the cake as it is of the same consistency as ground almonds.

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  3. anujapanwar says:

    Akansha you can also grind almonds in mixer-grinder, bring a pan of water to boil, add in the almonds, one quick boil, strain and wash under cold running water. This way it’s easy to remove the skin, allow to dry on tea towel, after removing skin, for a while and the grind them.

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