Whenever I think of an orange cake, it takes me right back to my childhood when we used to gather for birthdays of each and every family member that could exist; sisters, brothers, cousins, uncles, aunts, grandparents, parents, you name it! And the sticky orange cake was there every time, with fresh oranges and candles on top. It was THE happy cake. So 2 nights ago, we tried to bring it back, and it was as tasty as I can remember!

Here’s what you’ll need:

For the Cake:

– 4 Eggs
– 220 grams Sugar
– 150 grams All-Purpose Flour
– 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
– 150 grams melted Butter
– 120 grams Almond Powder
– 1 teaspoon of Lemon Zest

For the Syrup:

– 225 grams Sugar
– 125 ml Water
– 2 Oranges, thinly sliced

How to make it:

1) Preheat the oven to 160 degrees Celsius

2) Make the Syrup:
Put the sugar and water in a saucepan and heat on low fire until the sugar dissolves
Add the orange slices and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes
Remove from fire and drain, preserving the syrup and putting them both aside

3) In a mixer bowl, beat the eggs and sugar for 8 to 10 minutes for the mixture to become very pale and triple in volume

4) On top of the mixture, sift the flour and the baking powder, then mix delicately with a spoon while raising the dough to keep air in the mixture

5) Add the butter, the almond powder and the lemon zest and mix again (with a spoon)

6) Prepare your mold with a baking sheet and press the sliced oranges at the bottom and on the sides, pressing gently so they don’t come off

7) Pour in the mixture and place in the oven for around 30 minutes or until a stick comes out clean

8) Take out of the oven, let it cool for about 10 minutes then turn the cake over and pour some syrup on top

Keep the rest of the syrup in case someone wants to add some more

Voila! šŸ™‚ Happiness!

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