This orange cake is simple to make but has a special flavor because of the orange juice, orange zest, and orange syrup. I’ve made it using this Italian recipe, with some minor changes. It is great for breakfast (very Italian to have cake for breakfast), with a cup of tea or coffee, or as a dessert.
For a 22 cm (9 inch) springform pan, 6-8 slices
190 grams (1 1/4 cup) pastry flour
125 grams (1 stick + 1 Tbsp) melted butter
230 grams (1 cup + 2 Tbsp) sugar, divided
180 grams (3/4 cup) freshly squeezed orange juice without pulp, divided
grated zest of 2 untreated oranges
grated zest of 1 untreated lemon
16 grams (1 Tbsp) baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt
butter and flour for greasing the springform pan
Preheat the oven to 170C/340F, fan forced.
Combine 3 eggs and 190 grams (1 cup less 1 tablespoon) sugar in a bowl.
Whisk until pale and creamy.
Add the grated zest of 2 oranges and 1 lemon, as well as a teaspoon of vanilla extract.
Whisk to incorporate.
Add the melted butter (which should have cooled off a little to avoid cooking the eggs prematurely).
Keep 80 grams (1/3 cup) of the freshly squeezed orange juice separate, and add the rest (100 grams) to the egg mixture.
Sift 190 grams pastry flour, 16 grams baking powder, and a pinch of salt, and add to the batter.
Stir with a wooden spoon…
…until there are no more lumps. Do not mix longer than necessary.
Butter a 22 cm (9″) springform pan and dust with flour.
Pour the batter into the prepared springform pan.
Level the top with a wooden spatula.
Bake at 170C/340F, fan forced, for about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Combine 40 grams (3 Tbsp) sugar and 80 grams (1/3 cup) orange juice in a saucepan, and bring to a boil.
Allow to boil, stirring, until you obtain a nice syrup. It is nice to get some caramelization, but if you make it too thick, you won’t be able to spread it out.
Remove the springform…
…turn the cake over onto a serving plate…
…and remove the bottom of the pan.
Pour the orange syrup on top of the cake, and spread it out evenly with a knife.
The cake is ready to be served once it has cooled off to room temperature.
This great with many dessert wines that have orange notes, such as Moscatel de Setúbal from Portugal, Passito di Pantelleria from Italy, a very sweet late harvest Riesling (Auslese), or a Sauternes.
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