Orange Walnut Cake

2 weeks ago, my  dad bought about 12 Fuji apples in a go. Last week, he got an entire bag of oranges. It probably consisted of 10 oranges or so. This week, he bought 3 (probably 4… I’m not sure) honey melons, 3 papayas & 4 persimmons. He’s a fruit hoarder, you say? Wonder why.

That’s perfectly great for me though. 🙂 When I get back and see the mountain of oranges, I get to sneak a few away to make something awesome with them. Because if they taste beautifully sweet on their own, they’ll be when better when smashed with fat, sugar & flour. That’s my rationale any day.

Making orange cake is good. But then there is this cake. How about having walnut bits strewn throughout the entire cake? Not just whole walnut pieces. I mean GROUND walnuts all over that thing. Seems ordinary but wait till you bite into a slice. Then tell me.

See these whole walnuts?
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YUP. Pulverize them.
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I should have rubbed the orange zest with the sugar. It worked out in the end. No worries.
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Eggs in a hole.
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This recipe is so easy. Dump everything in one bowl and stir.
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I’m loving my brand new very angular square cake pan. I know it’s silly but all my cake pans are rounded on the edges. This is my first totally edgy (ha! pun!) cake pan and I LOVE IT!!!
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Look at how square the pan made the cake! I know that’s how it works but still.
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Super moist crumbs because the recipe calls for oil & orange juice as it’s main wet ingredients. So lovely! And totally dairyfree.
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I know you can’t see it but embedded in every bite of the cake is thousands of walnut bits. Tiny buttery walnut bits. Ugh! So good!
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I doubled the original recipe and look how moist & perfect it still is!
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I wanted to keep this entirely dairy free so all this needs is a light dusting of powdered sugar and it’s ready for the table.
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Let’s just lob hunks off and eat it over the kitchen sink.
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It’s good with black coffee or tea too as this cake is slightly sweeter. Perfect for the 4.00pm tea party for one when it’s almost time to get off work but not yet. Know what I mean? 😉

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I doubled the original recipe and this still turned out perfect so the recipe below reflects my adaptation. If you don't have a village to feed cake to, feel free to half this. It'll be okay. 🙂
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 20
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Flavourless Oil, plus more for pan (Tracy used Olive Oil)
  • 3 cups Flour
  • 2 cup Walnuts
  • 2 tbsp freshly grated Orange Zest
  • 4 tsp Baking Powder
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 4 large Eggs
  • 2 cup packed Brown Sugar
  • 1½ cup Fresh Orange Juice (about 4 large oranges)
  • Powdered Sugar for garnish
Steps
  1. Preheat oven to 375F or 180C.
  2. Brush 9x9 cake pan with oil then line bottom & sides with parchment paper.
  3. Place walnuts in food processor and pulse until finely ground (be careful not to over process or they'll liquefy). Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together orange zest, flour, baking powder, salt & ground walnuts.
  5. Make a well in the center of flour mixture & stir in eggs, brown sugar, orange juice & oil until just moistened without overmixing.
  6. Pour batter into prepared pan & bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean, about 1 hour.
  7. Let cool in pan 10 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  8. Before serving, dust cake with powdered sugar.
  9. **Top the cake with a few orange zests and serve a slice with sweet yogurt garnished with orange zest, if desired.
Notes
**Omit to keep this totally dairyfree.


I didn't use olive oil because those I served this to cannot appreciate the fruity flavours of olive oil. But if I were to make this for myself, I'd totally take the olive oil route.

 Recipe adapted from: Shutterbean

Comments

  1. Tiny buttery walnuts bits with gorgeous orange flavour too – yum! Sounds just like my sort of cake 🙂

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