Badami Orange Cake

    1 hour 55 mins

    Made with whole oranges – simmered until very tender and then finely chopped – and ground almonds, this classic Spanish cake has a moist, light texture and a wonderful fresh flavour.

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    Makes: 10 

    • 2 oranges, about 280 g in total, scrubbed and roughly chopped (with skin)
    • 5 eggs, separated
    • 200 g caster sugar
    • 225 g ground almonds
    • 2 tbsp flaked almonds
    • sifted icing sugar to decorate

    Prep:1hr  ›  Cook:55min  ›  Ready in:1hr55min 

    1. Put the chopped oranges in a small saucepan, discarding any pips. Add 1 tbsp water, then cover and cook gently for 30 minutes or until the oranges are soft and excess liquid has evaporated. Leave to cool.
    2. Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Dust and flour or line the bottom and sides of a 23 cm (9 in) cake tin with baking parchment. Finely chop the oranges in a food processor or blender, or with a large knife.
    3. Put the egg whites in a large bowl and whisk until they form stiff peaks. Gradually whisk in half the caster sugar, then whisk for 1 minute.
    4. Using the same whisk, whisk the egg yolks with the remaining caster sugar in another bowl for 2–3 minutes or until pale and quite thick. Whisk in the finely chopped oranges, then carefully fold in the ground almonds.
    5. Stir in 3 spoonfuls of the whisked egg white to loosen the mixture, then gently fold in the remaining whites with a large metal spoon. Transfer the mixture to the prepared tin and level the top. Sprinkle with the flaked almonds.
    6. Bake for 50–55 minutes or until the cake is golden and a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Check the cake after 20 minutes and again at 30 minutes, and cover lightly with foil if it is browning too quickly.
    7. Leave the cake to cool in the tin, then turn it out, peel away the lining paper and transfer to a serving plate. Dust with icing sugar before serving. The cake can be kept in an airtight tin for up to 2 days.

    Each serving provides

    B12, C * A, B1, B2, folate, calcium, copper, zinc

    Some more ideas

    Instead of ground almonds alone, use a mixture of 100 g each ground almonds and semolina. This cake will be a little drier, so drizzle 2–3 tbsp Grand Marnier, Amaretto liqueur, tequila or orange juice over it rather than dusting with icing sugar. It is delicious served with a mixture of 150 ml whipped whipping cream and 150 g cream. * Substitute a lemon for one of the oranges, and decorate the top with thin strips of candied citrus peel instead of the flaked almonds.

    Plus points

    Using whole oranges boosts the fibre and vitamin C content of this cake. Studies have shown a connection between a regular intake of vitamin C and the maintenance of intellectual function in elderly people. * As the cake is made without flour, it is suitable for those on gluten-free or wheat-free diets.

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    This is a classic recipe which I have made many times. A friend and fellow home economist came up with the idea of standing the whole oranges in a micro proof dish, cut a deep cross in the top of each one (down into the flesh), than microwave for 5 - 10 minutes until soft (depends on the power of your microwave). Once cool, pick the pips out then proceed as for the recipe - much quicker and easier.  -  10 Sep 2012  (Review from Allrecipes UK | Ireland)


    This cake is lovely! Very fresh and light. It keeps moist for 2 days and goes perfectly with a cup of tea or coffee but if you like to splash out it goes perfectly with a glass of prosecco. It reminds me of Spain and it's the best cake recipe I have I come across so far. 10/10 you won't be disappointed!  -  17 Jun 2012  (Review from Allrecipes UK | Ireland)


    This was a lovely moist cake with a lovely light orange flavour would be lovely with afternoon tea and a dollop of whipped cream. Sounded like quite a lot of prep to make it but wasnt that bad and was easy.  -  14 Mar 2010  (Review from Allrecipes UK | Ireland)