- I love citrus cakes
- The daughter loves citrus cakes
- The husband loves almond cakes
- The friend who was stopping in for tea loves citrus cakes too
- The friend who’s allergic to almonds had already visited and brought chocolate cake, then decamped to Lancashire for the week, so I wouldn’t need to worry about her accidentally eating this one (I actually kicked her out of the house before I started making it. She’s violently allergic, and I didn’t think you wanted pictures of her vomiting at the sight of almonds.)
- The recipe assured me it would keep well and get better over the week which, since I was running away to York for the weekend and leaving the husband alone with the daughter, seemed like a good idea. And indeed, by the time I returned, two days later, he’d eaten most of it. He claims the daughter helped. I have my doubts.
- I really love citrus cakes.
Anyway, I found the recipe here at What Rachel Ate. I foresee many bakes from Rachel’s site – it’s gorgeous.
Here’s what you do.
- 1 orange
- 1 lemon
- 4 eggs
- ½ tsp salt
- 300g sugar
- 125ml sunflower oil
- 150g ground almonds
- 150g flour
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- Cover the lemon and orange with water in a pan and boil for 30 minutes. Drain and set aside to cool.
- Cut the lemon and orange in half. Scoop the flesh out of the lemon and discard, remove any pips from the orange.
- Blend the orange and lemon rind to a purée.
- Whisk the eggs and salt together until fluffy. Slowly whisk in the sugar, then the oil.
- Fold in the orange and lemon purée.
- Fold in the ground almonds, baking powder and flour, without over-mixing
- Spoon the mixture into a greased and lined (or silicone) 23cm tin.
- Bake for 1 hour at 180C, or until springy on top and skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.
- Sprinkle with icing sugar to make extra pretty. Or in my case, since the daughter was helping, just dump a whole lot of it in the vague vicinity and hope for the best.
It came out perfect, and delicious, and was still good when I polished off the last piece a week later. My excuse? I needed to clean the cake dome ready for all the cake I’m baking for the daughter’s Teddy Bears’ Tea Party for her third birthday.
There’s going to be a lot of cake here this weekend…