Almond and Orange Cake

This new year’s eve, we were going to visit a friend in the neighborhood. As always happens, it strikes you at the last minute that you must take something after all it’s New year’s eve!  I had all the listed ingredients at home and what better way to enjoy citrus burst of the season along with the goodness of almonds! Needless to say I made this cake in a jiffy and my friends became its fan, so here we go with the recipe…

Ingredients:

Breadcrumbs – 45 g
Ground almonds – 100 g
Castor sugar – 200 g
Cooking oil – 200 ml
Baking powder – 1 & 1/2
Eggs, beaten – 4
Finely grated zest of 1 orange
Zest of 1/2 lime

For Syrup:

Juice of 1 orange

Juice of half a lime

Sugar – 2 tbsp

Cinnamon stick – 1/2 inch

Cloves – 5 to 6

Cointreau – 1tbsp, if you like!

Instructions:

  • Mix all the ingredients together and beat well.
  • Pour the mixture in a greased and lined cake tin.
  • Place it in the cold oven and start the oven (Yes, you put it in the cold oven!). Set the oven to 180 C and bake it for 40-45 mins until golden brown or skewer comes out clean.
  • In the meantime, to make the syrup put all the ingredients in a pan and bring it to boil on low flame/heat.
  • Simmering  for 3-4 minutes, turn off the heat and allow to cool.
  • Once cake is done, remove from tin, prick with fork and slowly pour the syrup over the cake using a spoon. You need to  evenly soak it in the syrup.

Enjoy with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

Serves: 10-12

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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.

Moist Egg-less Chocolate-Almond Cake

In the months of October- November every year, most of the Indian households observe religious rituals for their ancestors and then nine days fasting and of course after that celebration for Dusshera and Diwali begin. During most of this period many families completely go vegetarian avoiding eggs as well, and so is the case in my family, well..………. for few days!

I have been trying different recipes, with our own variations in each (I say ‘our’ as my elder daughter has been helping me here) to get the perfect recipe for egg-less cake.  We finally arrive at the one which we baked on my husband’s birthday. I would also like to mention here that this recipe is especially for our youngest member in the family, a little princess, who is allergic to eggs and I am sure she is going to enjoy it too!

Moist Egg-less Chocolate- Almond Cake:

Ingredients:

 All Purpose Flour – 2 cup

Baking Powder – 1 and ½ tsp

Unsweetened Cocoa Powder – 10 tbsp

Almond powder – 1 tbsp (optional)

Castor Sugar – 1 and ¾ cups (grind granulated sugar in a grinder)

Vegetable oil – 1 cup (sunflower oil)

Hot Coffee – ½ cup (2 tsp of coffee in ½ cup of hot water)

Milk – ½ cup

Natural Curd/ Yogurt – ½ cup

Almond essence – 1 tsp

Natural vinegar – 1 tsp

Instructions:

 Preheat the oven to 180oC, at least 8-10 minutes before baking (This is the time when you mix all your ingredients together). Lightly grease the cake tin and line with a parchment paper.

  •  In a large bowl sift together the all purpose flour, baking powder, cocoa powder, almond powder and sugar. Make a well in the center. Add all the wet ingredients one by one.
  •  Beat the mixture using an electric mixer on low speed for 2-3 minutes until the dry and wet ingredients are well combined. Do not over beat it.
  •  Pour the batter in the prepared tin. Tap the tin to spread the batter evenly.
  •  Bake in the pre-heated oven or pre-heated pressure cooker for about 30 minutes. Check the cake with a skewer or fork.
  •  Take it out of the oven, and allow it to cool. After about half an hour remove the cake from the tin and let the cake cool completely before you dig in.

As I mentioned earlier, I baked it on my husband’s birthday, children couldn’t wait for it to cool down completely, so we hurried him to cut it while it was warm. It tasted great….. moist and spongy without icing! So go ahead, bake one and enjoy the way you want it!!!