Is it just me, or have you ever had the feeling you’re being stalked? By a cake?
At the risk of sounding a little ‘cray cray’, I’m going to put it out there and say this cake has been following me.
First at a friend’s dinner party in the form of little individual cakes with poached oranges on top. And then just a few days later it turned up at our Tuesday morning playgroup.
I’m not suspicious but I do take coincidences seriously. Especially coincidences involving cake.
And since I’ve been getting really lovely oranges from the farmers market this Winter, I figured the universe was telling me to make an Orange & Almond Cake for my Birthday treat this year.
If you’re new to Stonesoup, I have a tradition to share a special Birthday Cake recipe.
So to celebrate my birthday on Friday…
The Birthday Cake!
This year it’s my ‘stalker’ Orange and Almond Cake which is an adaptation of Claudia Rodens classic gluten-free cake using boiled oranges to add flavour and keep everything lovely and moist. It’s a really beautiful cake.
If you’d like more Birthday Cake inspiration here are some from recent years:
- 2016 Peanut Butter Cheesecake
- 2015 Paleo Carrot Cake
- 2014 Red Velvet Birthday Brownies
- 2013 Birthday Ice Cream Sandwiches
- 2012 Croissant Surprise Birthday Cake
- 2011 Delicious Lemon Birthday Cake
Amazing Orange & Almond Birthday Cake
I love love love this cake. It’s fresh and zesty from the orange and super super moist. That being said, my small boys weren’t into it at all. I think they can sense when there isn’t any sugar.
It did feel a little blasphemous messing around with Claudia Roden’s classic recipe. But a diabetic girl has to do what she has to do. And so I experimented until I finally found a sugar-free / stevia based cake I was happy with.
The secret was to add butter, of course (shouldn’t I know by now that the secret is always to add butter). But if you’re not into stevia, you don’t need to miss out. Just skip down to the ‘real sugar variation’ Claudia has you covered.
enough for 8
takes 3 hours
2 oranges (450g / 1lb)
250g (9oz) unsalted butter, at room temperature
250g (9oz) almond meal
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon pure stevia powder
1. Place whole oranges in a medium saucepan. Cover with water and simmer, covered for 90 minutes. Drain and cool a little.
2. Preheat your oven to 180C (350F). Grease and line a round 24cm (9in) spring form pan.
3. Chop oranges in half and remove any seeds. Puree oranges in your food processor, until you have a nice smooth paste. Chop butter and add to the food processor. Puree until well combined.
4. Add eggs and puree again until smooth. Add almond meal, baking powder and stevia and stir until just combined.
5. Scoop mixture into the prepared pan. Smooth the top with a spoon.
6. Bake on the middle shelf for 30-40 minutes or until cake feels slightly springy and a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.
7. Cool in the tin.
real sugar / no stevia – replace butter with 250g (9oz) caster sugar and skip the stevia. May take much longer to bake (Claudia’s recipe is for an hour).
no food processor – you might get away with a stick blender but you really need something to puree the oranges.
oranges with seeds – make sure you remove before and discard before pureeing.
large oranges – if your oranges weigh more than 450g (1lb), weigh your puree and discard any excess.
different citrus – can imagine blood oranges would be lovely. And will have to try it with cumquats next time the fruit on my tree is ripe.
nut-free – you should be able to use flour instead of the almond meal, you might want to replace it with some flour and some extra butter to make sure the cake doesn’t dry out. And test for doneness earlier than expected.
egg-free – unless your an experienced egg-substituter, I wouldn’t try it with this cake.
With lots of Birthday love,