Girasole's orange cake with mascarpone

Time1 hour 15 minutes
YieldsServes 8 to 10
Girasole's orange cake with mascarpone
(Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
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Dear SOS: I would be grateful if you could beg, borrow or steal the recipe for Girasole’s amazing orange cake. To the eye, it looks like an ordinary slice of cake, but one taste and you understand why we ordered three slices of it on a recent Thursday night. The most light yet orange-y and delicious expression of the fruit I have found in any dessert. I have begged them for the recipe, but maybe you have more leverage.

Gwendolyn Driscoll

Via e-mail

Dear Gwendolyn: The cake, easy to prepare and serve, has bright fresh citrus flavor. Serve it simply, under a dollop of whipped mascarpone and garnished with a bit of candied orange peel.


Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease and flour a 9-inch Bundt pan.


In the bowl of a stand mixer, or in a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Add the softened butter to the dry ingredients and mix, using the paddle attachment of the stand mixer or a hand mixer, until the butter is fully incorporated with the dry ingredients. Set aside.


In a separate bowl, beat together the egg yolks, orange juice and zest, marmalade and vanilla. With the mixer running, slowly beat in half of the egg mixture until incorporated, then beat in the second half.


Spoon the batter into the prepared Bundt pan and bake until the cake is puffed and lightly browned, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 50 minutes to an hour. Rotate the cake halfway through baking for even coloring. Cool on a rack.


Serve garnished with whipped mascarpone and candied orange peel.

Adapted from a recipe by Girasole in Los Angeles.