If you remember my love for all things citrus, you can imagine how I practically jumped for joy when my dish for Kyle and Joel’s Great 8 dinner was an Orange Almond Cake! Almonds, being my favorite nut, made it a win win. My two favorites together in a dessert.
Add a little Citrus Glaze on top…Boy was it a winner!
When making desserts for our Great 8 Dinners, I often like to change it up a little. When asked to bring “a” pie, I bake “a” pie…for each of us! When asked to bake “a” cake, I bake “a” cake for… each of us! Get where I’m going here? Yep, eight individual Orange Almond Cakes! Lucky for me, I was able to find eight 4″ springform pans (the perfect size!) at Michaels.
When you read through the recipe, don’t be surprised with the first step. Cooking the oranges, peel and all, for 2 hours is necessary since you want the peel to be as soft as possible, because the entire orange is used in the recipe…even the peel. We all know the bitterness of orange peel if you’ve ever tried it raw. The bitterness totally cooks off during the cooking process. When blended together, the aroma…oh MAN! I gave in to the temptation and tasted it with a spoon! YUM! My favorite!
As soon as you take your first bite, your tastebuds burst with joy! The moistness of the cake and the citrus almond flavor are a Gr8 combination right there. Add the sweet, somewhat tart glaze and WOW! “Orange” you ready to make it?
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