Hello Bakers and Bloggers! Long time no see! My posts have been very infrequent because life has officially caught up with me. I recently moved to a different city and started a new job. As if that wasn’t enough, I’m staying with family while I transition, so most of my belongings are hanging out in a storage unit. However, I managed to keep out my baking cookbooks and tools so that once things stabilize, I can get back on track with the blog and baking.
At the very least, I made time to get this month’s baking challenge done for the Great British Bake Off International. This month’s challenge is a Gluten-free Orange Cake. For all of you hoping for more low carb bakes, don’t get too excited about this one. While it is gluten free, it is packed full of sugar and carbs. The flour in the cake is substituted with almond flour and cornmeal. But for you regular bakers out there, holy cow, this cake is the bomb!
One of my favorite elements about this cake is the use of fresh fruits. There is fresh orange zest and freshly squeezed orange juice mixed into the cake batter. The flavor is so bright and refreshing, it makes you want to eat the whole cake by yourself. Putting the cake together was simple enough, and it was baked in a springform pan. This made removal from the pan easier.
While the cake was baking, I made an orange syrup from the remaining fresh orange juice and some caster sugar. When the cake came out of the oven, I used a chopstick to poke holes all throughout the cake, and then drizzled the orange syrup all over the top of the cake. ERMEHGERD, I was all too happy to break my diet for a slice of this bad boy. The final step was to sprinkle sliced almonds all over the top of the cake. This was a wonderful addition of flavor and decor.
Look at those crumb shots! The juice made the cake super moist without being soggy. The almonds also added a nice crunch to a very soft bite of cake.
I’m really glad that the group chose such a different kind of dessert for this month’s challenge. This makes me want to make other juice infused cakes, cupcakes, poundcakes, etc. Have you ever made a cake like this? I’d love to hear about your recipes! -Jen