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Orange and Almond Cake with Grand Marnier Mascarpone Cream

So very, very moist having been drenched in Grand Marnier-infused syrup this cake has a rum baba texture and ooziness to it, but is intensely and deliciously orange-flavoured. Gorgeous! And served with the Grand-Marnier mascarpone cream, a heavenly delight. Oh, and it just happens to be gluten-free but you’d never know it!

Serves 8 – 10

What you need…

1 x 20cm round, 6cm deep baking tin, lined with baking parchment

2 oranges

6 happy eggs

250g caster sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

250g ground almonds

Thyme sprigs, to garnish (optional)

for the Grand Marnier Orange Syrup

50ml orange juice (reserved from the oranges above)

50g granulated sugar

2 tablespoons Grand Marnier

for the Grand Marnier Mascarpone Cream

2 happy egg whites

500g mascarpone

2-3 tablespoons caster sugar (depending on your sweet tooth!)

2 tablespoons Grand Marnier

What to do…

The night before you want to cook the cake, pop the 2 oranges into a saucepan of water and boil with the lid on for 3 hours – sounds like an agg I know, but just stick it on the hob and go and watch your favourite TV shows. At the end of 3 hours, drain the water away and just leave the oranges in the pan to cool down overnight.

Halve the oranges and squeeze out the pips and juice (reserving the latter for later). Chuck your orange carcasses into the food processor and whizz until pulp.

Preheat your oven to 150˚c / 300˚f / gas 2.

Using an electric handheld whisk, beat the eggs, sugar, baking powder and almonds together for 2 minutes. Add the orange pulp and whisk for a further 2 minutes. Detach the whisks and rinse thoroughly – you’ll need them again in a minute.

Tip the mixture into your prepared baking tin and pop into the oven for 1 hour.

Meanwhile, make the syrup and cream. First, in a small saucepan heat 50ml of the reserved orange juice with the sugar over a moderate heat until the sugar has dissolved. Add the Grand Marnier, stir and set aside to cool.

For the cream, in a medium bowl, use your rinsed electric handheld whisk to beat the egg whites until stiff. In a second bowl, tip the mascarpone and caster sugar and whisk together. Add the Grand Marnier and whisk again. Gently fold in the egg whites until evenly incorporated – this creates a lovely, fluffy and light ‘cream’. Pop the cream into a pretty serving bowl, cover with cling film and keep in the fridge until needed.

Remove your yummy cake from the oven and allow to cool to the touch before using a skewer to gently stab the cake all over. Drizzle over the Grand Marnier orange syrup so that it seeps into the cake evenly. Try not to dribble in anticipation! Decorate with thyme sprigs, if using.

To serve, cut great wedges of this moist, oozy cake whilst still warm if possible and accompany with a generous dollop of the naughty cream – heavenly!

Inspired by…

The Daily Telegraph

How easy…

Easy, quick and unbelievably gorgeous in every aspect.

 

 

 

Gluten-Free Chocolate Lime Cake with Margarita Cream

So easy and so lovely and if you have gluten-intolerant friends coming to stay, it’s ideal. This cake is luscious and moist, really chocolatey with a cheeky little kick of lime. But…when it served with the naughty and rather delicious Margarita Cream (which tastes like the cocktail it is), it goes from being a thing of loveliness to something that definitely has wow-factor! (The cream can also be served on it’s own as a syllabub – see picture at end of blog recipe). Give it a go – you won’t be disappointed!

Serves 8-10

What you need…

1 x 23cm spring-form cake tin, lightly buttered and lined on the bottom with Bake O Glide or parchment paper

1 large baking sheet

150g dark chocolate, broken into chunks

150g unsalted butter

6 eggs

250g caster sugar

100g ground almonds

4 teaspoons cocoa powder, sifted

Zest and juice of 1 lime

Icing sugar, to dust

for the Margarita Cream

Juice from 2 large limes

1 tablespoon tequila

1 tablespoon triple sec

75g icing sugar

250ml double cream

What you do…

Preheat your oven to 180°c / 350°f/ gas 4.

Melt the chocolate and butter together in a heatproof bowl in a steamer over a pan of simmering water (bain-marie) and then set aside to cool slightly.

Whilst the chocolate and butter are gently melting, use either a freestanding mixer to handheld electric whisk to beat together the eggs and sugar until the mixture has tripled in volume and is pale and moussy.

Mix together the almonds and cocoa and then use a balloon whisk to gently but thoroughly fold into the egg and sugar mixture. Then fold in the melted chocolate and butter and finally, the lime zest and juice.

Tip the lot into your cake tin and put the tin onto the baking sheet (I do this in the unlikely event that the cake tin leaks a bit). Pop into the oven and bake for 40-45 minutes or until the cake is firm on the top, but a little wobbly underneath!

Remove from the oven and cool on a cooling rack, but cover with a clean tea towel after 15 minutes to stop the top of the cake from getting crusty.

Whilst the cake is cooling, prepare the Margarita Cream. In a large bowl, stir together the lime juice, tequila, triple sec and sugar until the sugar dissolves. Using your handheld electric whisk, slowly beat in the double cream and keep whisking until you have a light, floaty aerated mixture. Taste (chef’s privileges) and wonder why no-one has introduced you to this before and how many other desserts you can imagine pairing it up with!

When the cake is cold, release from its tin, dust with icing sugar and transfer to a pretty serving plate. Cut lovely moist slices and serve with a generous dollop of the rather delicious Margarita Cream. Yummy!

Margarita Cream w

Inspired by…

Nigella Lawson

How easy…

Dead easy and I knocked it up in no time at all.