Blood Orange Cardamom Syrup Cake

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Makes one round 20cm (8”) cake and serves 8-10 people



Blood Orange Slices in Cardamom Syrup

  • ¼ cup (60ml) lemon juice
  • ¼ cup (60ml) water
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 610 cardamom pods
  • 12 cinnamon sticks
  • 23 cloves
  • 1 blood orange, washed and finely sliced (2-3mm), seeds removed 

Blood Orange Cardamom Cake

  • 120g unsalted butter, softened
  • 135g caster sugar
  • Zest of 1 blood orange (2 tsp) and juice of ½ blood orange (40ml)
  • 100g almond meal
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature, lightly whisked
  • 70g fine semolina
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of fine sea salt
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground cloves


Blood Orange Slices in Cardamom Syrup

  1. Place lemon juice, water, sugar, cardamom, cinnamon and cloves in a wide-based saucepan, stirring on low heat until the sugar dissolves.
  2. Increase the heat to medium and place blood orange slices in the pan. The pan should be wide enough so that all slices are submerged in the syrup and cook evenly.
  3. Simmer until slices are soft and slightly translucent, although still maintaining their shape. Remove saucepan from heat and proceed with cake recipe.


Blood Orange Cardamom Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced) and lightly grease a 20cm cake tin.
  2. Place butter, sugar and zest in a stand mixer with paddle attachment and beat on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes, then add ground almonds.
  3. Add eggs slowly, scraping the bowl to ensure ingredients are well combined.
  4. Combine semolina, baking powder, salt an spices small bowl, then slowly add the dry ingredients to the mixer while beating on low-medium speed, then add juice.
  5. Arrange blood orange slices neatly along to base of the pan, working from the centre of the pan outwards, so the centre slices will be clearly visable when the cake is inverted later. Drizzle 2-3 tablespoons of syrup on the orange slices.
  6. Pour batter into prepared pan, ensuring a smooth, even surface.
  7. Bake for 25-30 mins until golden brown and a skewer inserted comes out clean.
  8. Reheat the remaining syrup just prior to removing the cake from the oven. This will allow the hot cake to readily absorb the hot syrup. When the cake is removed from the oven, spoon over with hot syrup, reserving 2-3 tablespoons for serving later if you wish. Allow to cool completely in pan.


To Serve

  1. Carefully remove cake from tin. It will have a delicate crumbly texture so take care not to disturb those carefully placed orange slices.
  2. Place cake on serving dish and drizzle with remaining syrup. Use a sharp knife to cut slices and a cake server to transfer to dessert plates, once again taking care with those delicate slices.