Whole orange and almond cake
Bake this impressive whole orange and almond cake for a teatime treat or elegant dessert. Three whole oranges are cooked until soft and blitzed into the gluten-free almond cake batter – juice, peel and all – for a tender crumb bursting with citrus flavour. Decorate with a drizzle of orange icing and some chopped almonds, if you like.
- For the cake, remove any green stalks from the oranges then put them in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer gently for 1½ hrs until very soft. Drain and leave to cool completely.
- Preheat the oven to gas 4, 180°C, fan 160°C. Grease and line a 23cm round cake tin. Quarter the boiled oranges and remove any pips then put them in a blender or food processor, skin and all, with the eggs, sugar, almonds and baking powder. Blitz for a few secs until smooth and fully combined.[Video:How to line a round cake tin,Text:How to line a round cake tin]
- Transfer the mixture to the prepared tin and place on a baking tray. Bake for 1¼–1½ hrs until golden, firm to the touch and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Leave to cool completely in the tin.[Video:Baking tips - clean skewer,Text:What should a clean skewer look like?]
- To decorate, sieve the icing sugar into a bowl and stir in most of the orange zest. Gradually stir in enough orange juice to make a smooth icing. Place the cooled cake on a serving plate and drizzle with the icing. Scatter with the remaining zest and chopped almonds then finish with a dusting of icing sugar. The cake will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
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