“Like Margaret Fulton, this recipe is a pure unadulterated classic. It is simple and classy and incredibly delicious - something of a treat, which is the way I think of Margaret and her food.” - Neil Perry

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  • 185 g (61/2 oz/13/4 cups) ground almonds

  • 100 g (31/2 oz/1 cup) walnuts, lightly roasted

  • 230 g (8 oz/1 cup) caster (superfine) sugar

  • 125 g (41/2 oz) savoiardi (lady finger) biscuits, roughly chopped

  • 21/2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 5 eggs, separated

  • 1 large carrot, finely grated

  • 1 tablespoon Grand Marnier

  • finely grated zest of 1 orange

  • icing (confectioners’) sugar, for dusting

  • thick (double/heavy) cream


  • 1.

    Lightly grease a 23 cm (9 inch) round cake tin and line the base and sides with baking paper.

  • 2.

    Place the almonds, walnuts and sugar in a food processor and process to form coarse crumbs. Transfer the crumb mixture to a large mixing bowl. Process the savoiardi biscuits and baking powder together until the biscuits are finely crushed, then combine them with the crumb mixture. Add the lightly beaten egg yolks, carrot, Grand Marnier and orange zest to the crumb mixture, and mix until all the ingredients are moistened and well combined.

  • 3.

    Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F/Gas 4). Beat the egg whites until firm peaks form. Gently fold the egg

  • 4.

    Whites into the cake mixture in three batches. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for about

  • 5.

    40 minutes, or until cooked when tested with a skewer. Transfer the cake to a wire rack to cool. Dust with icing sugar, cut into wedges and serve with cream. Serve warm or at room temperature.


Recipe from the book Good Food by Neil Perry.

Photography: Earl Carter

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Posted by Melanie133Report
Yes, I love this cake and it is very easy, I found this in Neil's Good Food cookbook. It is great served with Serindipity Macadamia Ice cream (or home made macadamia if you have the time).
Posted by jackicamReport
This cake is FANTASTIC!!! A really delicious version of an old favourite. It's really light and very moist. Almost desserty rather than a cake to have with coffee.
Posted by lightsReport
I made this on the weekend and it was deliciously moist. The almond meal and orange zest made the cake nice and fragrant.