There are some recipes that are solid crowd pleasers, and these are the ones I tend towards when it’s time to celebrate something. This orange cake, which I first saw on Food Safari is a classic Jewish Middle Eastern cake made of Oranges, almond meal, sugar and eggs. It takes about 10 minutes to throw together and although it’s been blogged to death, I can’t resist posting it here. Believe the hype, I’ve made this cake more times than I can count and I’m not about to stop now.

The flavour is intensely orange, the texture is creamy and dense. One tip though; make sure you don’t use oranges with very tough, thick skins, as this will give a bitter flavour. I once made this cake with very thick-skinned oranges (I didn’t realise it at the time) and although it was still tasty, it left a bitter aftertaste that I wouldn’t want you to repeat…

Kosher Whole Orange Cake – Batia Slater via SBS Food Safari
2 oranges
6 eggs
250g caster sugar
250g almond meal
1 tsp baking powder
Baking paper
Canola spray (for greasing the pan)

Wash the oranges and place unpeeled, in a pot of water. Bring to the boil and simmer for 2 hours. Drain the water and allow the oranges to cool for at least 10 minutes. You can boil them ahead of time if you prefer.
Preheat oven to 190°C. Grease a 20 cm round baking tin with canola oil spray, cut a circle of baking paper and place it in the bottom of the tin (use the tin as a template).
Break 6 eggs into a mixing bowl. Add caster sugar and blend together with an immersion blender.

Place the two oranges into the egg mix. Break up the oranges and then blend together to a smooth consistency. Add the almond meal and baking powder and blend.
Pour batter into the pan and bake for 45 minutes to an hour and a half or until the top is golden brown. If it starts to brown too early or too much, cover it with foil. Makes 16 slices.

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10 Responses to Kosher Whole Orange Cake

  1. Gaby says:

    Dense and creamy is my kind of cake. I wonder if using honey instead of sugar would work…

  2. I’ve got a recipe for this type of cake lying about somewhere too! Just need to get around to making it =p

  3. This truly is my kind of cake. Simple, dense and tasty. A generous dollop of double cream, a macchiato and I’m a happy chappy

  4. Having been fortunate enough to consume the cake pictured above, I can honestly say I have never eaten a cake quite as creamy. It was amazing Lau, and I will be stealing and using this recipe in future.

  5. This is really interesting, I actually had never heard of boiled whole oranges. It does look amazing though, I am going to try it!

  6. Manu says:

    Lau this sounds fantastic! I love that it is made with almond meal instead of flour! I’d love to try and make it! Thanks for sharing it (I had never seen this recipe before… so I am happy you blogged about it)! :-)

  7. Natalie says:

    I love this cake. I’ve made it with mandarins, not tried it with oranges. Yours looks lot creamier than mine and the pictures are gorgeous! :D

  8. tinytearoom says:

    It doesn’t matter that something has been blogged to death. Recipes can vary greatly and everyone adds their own spin on things. I bet none of the other blogposts offered the tip about the oranges. This cake looks scrummy. Cakes that use almond meal are always delicious.

    • Lau says:

      @ Gaby – I’m not sure, but you could try. The batter is already pretty much a liquid though so it may not work as well.

      @ mademoiselle délicieuse – Do it! it’s the easiest recipe around…

      @ John – it goes great with coffee, I also once saw someone serve it with a dollop of a half-half mix of whipped cream and greek yogurt…

      @ Elise – I’m so glad you liked it!

      @ Paolo – Definitely try it out, just check it regulary as the top has a tendency to brown.

      @ Manu – Glad to share it! It’s easy to forget that just ’cause I know a particular recipe, not everyone else does.

      @ Natalie – I would never have thought of mandarins, probably ’cause I’m not much of a mandarin fan. I tried blood oranges once though and the colour was amazing. I’ll have to experiment more.

      @ Tinytearoom – cheers! I agree, it’s all too easy to overlook the ‘obvious’ recipes.

  9. Kurt says:

    This is the most amazing cake! I have topped it with a cardamom infused dark chocolate ganache when I’m really trying to impress! Don’t throw out the orange boiling water! Grab a mug fill it up with the orange water add a green tea bag and honey… It’s wonderful!

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