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.