An old favourite.
It's been years since I last made this cake.
I remember when MrD brought home Nigella's just published hardback "Feast" way back in 2004...
After diligently perusing the book from cover to cover, I finally chose this cake as my first Nigella's cake-making endeavour -
judged mainly on its oddness in the process of making this cake, which intrigued me infinitely.
Odd is good.
Chocolate Orange Cake
6 clementines (which makes up to approx. 380g)
1 tsp baking powder
200g ground almonds
250g caster sugar
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
Put the whole orange in a pan with cold water, bring to the boil and cook for 2 hours, or until soft. Drain. When cool, halve the orange and remove big pips. Pulp everything in a food processor.
Preheat oven to 180c.
Add the eggs, baking powder, sugar, bicarbonate, almonds and cocoa to the orange in the processor. Run until you have a cohesive cake mixture.
Alternatively, chop the fruit finely by hand and add the eggs one by one, alternating with spoons of almonds and cocoa, then the oranges.
Pour and scrape into a buttered, 20cm springform cake tin and bake for 45 minutes.