This summer is a really rainy and cold one, with rare occassion to sit outside in the evening. A few weeks ago was one of those rare moments when I had the first barbecue with friends this summer. Though it wasn’t too warm, we meet in a friends garden. Everybody made his contribution for the barbecue – salads, bread, sauces, vegetables, meat, sausages – and the boys were busy starting the bonfire…
This time I brought with me a cake, because in my experience there is always a lack of desserts at this kind of events. I had read about this cake with caramel, whole slices of orange and grounded almonds and I imagined it to be a great bittersweet symphony. This proved true: the cake soaked the caramel, its sweetness was adjusted by the slightly bitter taste of the orange peel. Plus – not unimportant when you are sitting around a bonfire, moving closer and closer as it is getting colder – you don’t need a plate or fork to eat, just one free hand (in the other one your beer) and perhaps a napkin.
2 or 3 oranges (organic), 150 g sugar
batter: 150 g butter, 100 g sugar, 4 eggs, 100 g flour, 100 g grounded almonds, 1 tablespoon baking powder, vanilla seeds, a pinch of salt
icing: 150 g icing sugar, 2 tablespoons orange juice
Wash and dry oranges. Grate the zest of one orange and squeeze it afterwards. Slice the other orange(s).
Wrap the outside of a baking pan ( Ø 26 cm) with aluminium foil if you use a springform like I did. Caramelize sugar in a pan and pour hot caramel into the baking pan. Lay out orange slices on top.
Preheat your oven at 200° C.
For the batter whisk butter, sugar, vanilla, salt and orange zest and cream until light. Add eggs, one after another. Mix flour, almonds and baking powder and add as well. Spread batter onto the oranges. Bake for about 50 minutes.
Turn out your cake on a plate so that the oranges slices are on top and let it cool down.
Mix sugar and orange juice until you have a sleek, not to thin icing. Pour over your cake, starting in the middle. As the this cake already is quite sweet, I would say the icing is optional.