Orange and Almond Cake

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This lovely moist cake is straightforward to make using the all in one method and is just the thing for afternoon tea with family or friends!

INGREDIENTS:

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125g of caster sugar

100g of soft brown sugar

225g of softened butter

100g of ground almonds

100g of self raising flour

1 teaspoon of baking powder (see note in method below)

50g of semolina

3 large eggs, free range if possible as they bring a good colour to the cake

the zest of 1 orange

the juice of ½ an orange

1 teaspoonful of orange extract

You will also need an 8″ cake tin, greased and lined with greaseproof paper

METHOD:

  • preheat your oven to 180°C
  • place all the cake ingredients into a bowl and mix thoroughly until everything is well blended and the mixture is smooth and creamy. This may either be done by hand using a large mixing bowl and wooden spoon or by using a food processor

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  •  when using the all in one method of cake making, the addition of a teaspoon of baking powder helps to ensure a good rise to the cake
  • pour the cake mixture into the prepared tin and smooth the surface of the mixture

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  • place the tin into the preheated oven and bake the cake for approximately 50 – 60 minutes. To test whether the cake is cooked, insert a skewer into the middle of the cake – when it is removed there should be no wet cake mixture sticking to it
  • leave the cake in it’s tin to cool, standing it on a wire cooling rack for about an hour before removing it from the tin
  • to serve, dust the surface of the cake generously with icing sugar

 

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