Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Orange and Walnut Cake

Now, who was asking for the recipe for that delicious orange and walnut cake we shared earlier? You're going to want to bookmark this one. It comes via Nigella, but I've tweaked it so you can make the whole thing in the food processor. Easy. So yummy. Especially while still warm from the oven.

You need:

1 1/2 cups walnuts
1 cup plain flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups caster sugar
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
1 tablespoon orange zest
1/2 cup olive oil

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Grease a 24cm springform cake tin and line the base and sides with baking paper.

In the bowl of your food processor, pulse the walnuts until finely chopped.

Add the flour and baking powder and pulse a few times to combine. Transfer this dry mixture to a bowl.

Ask the chief egg-cracker to crack the eggs. Put them in the bowl of the food processor and whip them until frothy. Add the sugar gradually and continue mixing until pale and thick. Return the walnut and flour mixture and pulse to combine.

Add the juice, zest and oil, and pulse until just combined. Beware small orange thieves.

Pour into your cake tin and bake for 55 minutes or until lightly brown on top and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.

Allow to cool slightly, then place atop your fanciest cake platter. Dust with icing sugar and sprinkle with some more orange zest. 

Enjoy in the sunshine on a crisp autumn day, whilst sipping herbal tea out of fruity cups and discussing your latest craft project with lovely like-minded souls, all in the name of a terribly good cause.


  1. Oh I just want to sit on that grass, eat that cake and drink that tea! Now!

  2. That looks delicious. I like Vanessa above, want to sit on that grass and eat that cake and drink that tea! Now!

  3. oh stop it! this looks too deliciously tempting!

    rachel xo

  4. yay! i made this on the weekend. and blogged about it. it was so so super yummy. just the right amount of crunch on the outside and soft on the inside! thanks for sharing!

    Kel x

  5. ooooh seriously yum. I think we need the smell of warm sweet citrus in our house too.

  6. Warm citrus smell permeating our house, we used almonds and hazelnut meal.

  7. success! delicious recipe thankyou. I swapped walnuts to 1/2 cup hazelnut and 1 cup almond meal and was very happy.


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