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Orange Almond Cake

Time 1 hour
Yields Serves 6 to 8
Orange Almond Cake
1

Place a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9- or 10-inch-diameter springform pan. Fit the bottom with a circle of parchment paper and butter the paper. Set the pan aside.

2

Place the crumbs, almonds, orange zest, baking powder and sugar in a food processor. Process until the almonds are as fine as sugar.

3

Add the butter, egg yolks, lemon juice, marmalade and salt to taste. Process the mixture until it’s very smooth, about 1 minute, stopping as necessary to scrape down the sides of the work bowl. Transfer the batter to a bowl.

4

Beat the egg whites to soft peaks-they should hold their shape but still be moist. Stir 1/4 of the egg whites into the batter, then fold in the remaining whites. Spoon the batter into the prepared springform pan and spread the top to smooth it evenly.

5

Bake the cake until it’s browned on top and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 30 to 35 minutes. It’s OK if the cake is slightly sunken in the center. Cool the cake completely on a wire rack before removing it from the pan. (The cake can be stored overnight at room temperature, covered, or it can be frozen up to 1 month, covered airtight. If frozen, bring it to room temperature while it’s still wrapped.)

6

To serve, transfer the cake to a platter and gently press down on the edges of the cake to make them level with the center. Shake the powdered sugar through a strainer over the top of the cake. Cut it into wedges and serve.

This is good served with fresh berries in season.

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