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Spiced Orange Cakes

Whole orange cake with spiced orange blossom syrup, pistachios and rose petals – baked in mini loaf tins, topped with pistachios and rose petals.


  • 2 oranges

  • 4 eggs

  • ½ cup (125ml) olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste

  • 1¼ cups (275g) caster sugar

  • 250g ground almonds

  • ½ cup (80g) icing sugar

  • ¼ cup pistachios, roasted, roughly chopped

  • Rose petals, to serve

  • Spiced orange blossom syrup

  • 1 orange, juiced

  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom

  • Pinch ground cloves

  • 1 tablespoon caster sugar

  • 1 teaspoon orange blossom water

  • 1 tablespoon (20ml) lemon juice


  • 1.

    Place the oranges in a medium saucepan, cover with water and bring to the boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for 3 hours or until the oranges are very tender.  Drain and set the oranges aside to cool. 

  • 2.

    While the oranges are boiling, make the spiced orange blossom syrup by combining orange juice, spices and sugar in a small saucepan.  Bring to the boil and simmer for 2 minutes or until thickened.  Remove heat, allow to cool and add orange blossom water and lemon juice.

  • 3.

    Sift icing sugar into a small bowl, add 1 tablespoon of the spiced orange blossom syrup and 2 teaspoons of water and mix until smooth.  Set aside until serving.

  • 4.

    When the oranges are cooked, pre-heat oven to 160°C.  Grease a mini loaf tin with eight 2/3 cup (160ml) holes with butter.

  • 5.

    Cut the cooked oranges in half and remove any seeds.  Place in a food processor with eggs, olive oil, vanilla and sugar and process until smooth.  Add ground almonds and pulse until just combined.  Spoon batter into prepared loaf tins, putting two 1/3 cup measures in each hole, and bake for 45 minutes or until firm.  Remove from oven and sprinkle each mini loaf with 2 teaspoons of cooled spiced orange blossom syrup.  Leave to cool before removing from tins.

  • 6.

    To serve, drizzle each mini loaf with icing and top with pistachios and rose petals.


Lyndey’s note: orange blossom water is available from Middle Eastern food stores or gourmet delis. Ground almonds are also known as almond meal.

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