I had a lapse in judgment last week when I volunteered to bake a surprise birthday treat for a girl at work. I have no issue with making goodies for people, I actually love nothing better than to whip up something nice to put a smile on someone's face, but this was a completely different situation altogether. The girl who would be the recipient of the cake eats no wheat, no sugar, and has a huge love and affinity for animals... therefore the eggs have to be free range (which is a given in all my recipes anyhow) and the butter and milk organic and certified (I am told Dairy Farmers is suitable!).
So... what do I bake for someone with all these specific dietary requirements? Here is what I came up with:
3 small navel oranges
3 cups of almond meal
3 free range eggs
1 cup caster sugar - or, in my case, I used Stevia - a natural sugar substitute
1 teaspoon baking powder - or, in my case, gluten free baking powder
1. In a saucepan, boil the three small oranges for 1.5 hours, topping up the water as it boils away. Turn off the heat, take the oranges out of the water and let cool.
2. Grease and line cake tin, pre-heat oven to 170 degrees Celsius.
3. Coarsely chop the oranges and then whiz in the food processor until smooth.
4. Add the eggs, almond meal, baking powder and sugar to the food processor and let it combine.
5. Pour into the cake tin and bake for 1 hour or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
6. Let the cake cool completely in the tin.
Be very careful removing the cake from the tin - it will be very moist and without all the flour to bind the ingredients together, it is wont to crumble!
The cake comes out with this gorgeous orange aroma - it smells absolutely delicious. Upon cooling, the cake is still wonderfully moist but it is dense due to the almond meal and orange puree. A small slice for this cake is more than enough, and goes perfectly with an afternoon cup of tea.
The birthday girl loved the cake - it had been so long since she had been able to enjoy cake, so it was a nice treat. Some normal eaters had the cake as well, and said that it was also delicious - so that was an unexpected bonus!