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Lazy Orange & Hazelnut Cake

Butter cake craving sorted!

Butter cake craving sorted!

This will be a brief blogpost because my brain is still in a butter fugue. (I heard that sigh of relief. You know who you are, heh!)

And because, today I don’t feel like doing anything other than curl up with a slice (or three) of this orange & hazelnut cake and a cup of hot black kopi (Malaysian coffee).

This delectable buttery cake is very easy to make, and very easily transformed into a gluten-free cake if you substitute the all purpose flour with perhaps 1.5 cups of almond meal (and thus omit the hazelnut meal), or just use gluten-free flour instead of the “regular” APF.

Best of all, this is one GORGEOUSLY fragrant cake; when you are done, your kitchen will smell like an entire orchard of oranges.

After my Gateau L’Opera, this takes next to nothing level of effort, hence it has earned its “lazy” adjective from me. 😛

As usual, pre-heat your oven to 180° C and get cracking!

Sort out the dry mix first and then set aside.

Sort out the dry mix first and then set aside.

Next:

Next, bung the orange and crack the eggs into the food processor and blitz away. Then pour the blitzed mixture onto your dry mix.

Next, bung the orange and crack the eggs into the food processor and blitz away. Then pour the blitzed mixture onto your dry mix.

You might want to make sure you get a good pureè; my old faithful food processor left bits and bobs of orange rinds but that added to the textural interest. Obviously if you don’t prefer a rustic looking cake crumb like mine, pureè the orange finely and go for an all flour mix (hence omitting the hazelnut meal), and you’d get a decent rich orange pound cake with fine cake crumbs.

Back to the recipe; then:

Lastly add the melted butter to the mixture and fold in.

Lastly add the melted butter to the mixture and fold in.

Come to think of it, you could bung the dry mix into an 8″ round cake tin and mix everything in that receptacle. One less bowl to clean up, hurrah!

Bake for approximately 30 minutes.

I love how naturally fragrant this cake is!

I love how naturally fragrant this cake is!

I served mine with a dollop of tart blackcurrant jam and bit of cream but really, this cake needs no further embellishments. Sit back and enjoy the amazement on your friends and family’s faces when you tell them there was only ONE orange in that cake.

Delish.

Bake Someone Happy! xoxoxo

16 comments on “Lazy Orange & Hazelnut Cake

  1. radhika25
    October 8, 2013

    You had me on orange…..but I continued to read and am amazed!
    No cooking and puréeing the oranges? Wow! I’ve put off making the recipe because I always was too lazy to cook whole oranges, cool them then purée. But this sounds easy. Will make it for the start of Study Groups tomorrow! My fellow study groupies are going to be very happy ladies!

    • Nat Yusop | BakeSlave
      October 8, 2013

      Heh heh! I have to admit, I was a bit leary about bunging in the whole orange without the 1-2 hour pre-boiling as some other recipes call for. I just scrubbed it as best as I could (although I was advised to at least soak it in hot boiling water for half hour). Err, lazy is as lazy does, mea culpa. I guess we could probably get the same results by blitzing candied orange peels together with the flesh of the orange?

      • radhika25
        October 8, 2013

        Was there no bitter aftertaste Nat? Did you chop and remove the seeds? Want to make this– you’ve cut it down to such a simple and doable recipe!

      • Nat Yusop | BakeSlave
        October 8, 2013

        Hey there R,
        There was a hint of bitterness, yes, and I got an earful from my brother who reminded me that I should have removed the pith – thanks for bringing it up! I knew I should have written a note about it. But yes, I took the lazy way too literally and just chopped up the orange (scanned for rogue seeds – there weren’t any – and rogue critters – ditto). Funnily enough, Mum (who usually hates the sweets I make) liked the sweet & astringent, and you know what, after the second slice, I think my tastebuds were numb hahaha….urrrrk!

  2. ohlidia
    October 8, 2013

    I absolutely LOVE the look of this cake! And I LOVE that it’s a lazy cake. I LOVE to be lazy sometimes. I am going to make this for my girls to bring to school as a snack. Oh, and 2 or 3 slices for me of course!

    • Nat Yusop | BakeSlave
      October 8, 2013

      Lidia, that’s neat! Do let me know how it turned out please 🙂

      Radhika pointed out some pertinent questions – please have a read in the comments section before you subject your daughters to the astringent qualities of the citrus, heh heh.

  3. ohlidia
    October 8, 2013

    Oh, I just had to pin this. It’s too pretty no to!

  4. radhika25
    October 16, 2013

    Making a combination of your’s and Laura’s cakes. http://laurasmess.me/2013/08/18/flourless-orange-and-cacao-cake-with-spiced-orange-syrup-with-hippy-vic/comment-page-2/#comment-5537
    Chocolate and orange- happy dance!
    R

    • Nat Yusop | BakeSlave
      October 16, 2013

      Orange & chocolate is always a crowd-pleaser. Oh to be in your kitchen at this very moment!

    • Shakti Ghosal
      November 26, 2013

      Radhika,

      I doubt if this concoction would work but happy cooking… and all the best.

      Shakti

      • radhika25
        November 27, 2013

        I did make it Shakti. I boiled the oranges though, and the cake was redolent with the taste and smell of oranges. Try it sometime 🙂
        R

  5. thehungrymum
    November 8, 2013

    you had me at lazy – I love to back but I adore an easy way of doing it! Looks delish.

  6. Shakti Ghosal
    November 26, 2013

    One of the best recipe presentations I have seen in a long time. Excellent!

    Shakti

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