ALMOND AND ORANGE BLOSSOM LAYER CAKE


INGREDIENTS
  • 8 EGGS, AT ROOM TEMPERATURE
  • 1½ CUPS (330G) CASTER (SUPERFINE) SUGAR
  • 3 TEASPOONS ORANGE BLOSSOM WATER
  • 2 CUPS (300G) SELF RAISING (SELF-RISING) FLOUR, SIFTED 
  • 2 CUPS (240G) ALMOND MEAL (GROUND ALMONDS), SIFTED 
  • 2 TABLESPOONS FINELY GRATED ORANGE RIND 
  • 200G UNSALTED BUTTER, MELTED
  • FRESH FLOWERS, TO DECORATE (SEE TIPS)
VANILLA RICOTTA ICING
  • 100G UNSALTED BUTTER, SOFTENED 
  • 250G CREAM CHEESE, SOFTENED 
  • 250G FRESH FIRM RICOTTA, SOFTENED 
  • 1 TEASPOON VANILLA EXTRACT
  • 1¼ CUPS (200G) ICING (CONFECTIONER’S) SUGAR, SIFTED
ALMOND CRISP
  • 1 CUP (80G) FLAKED ALMONDS 
  • ½ CUP (80G) ICING (CONFECTIONER’S) SUGAR SIFTED 
  • 2 TABLESPOONS WATER
METHOD
  1. Line 2 x lightly greased 20cm round cake tins with 2 layers of non-stick baking paper and set side. 
  2. Preheat oven to 160ºC (325ºF). Place the eggs, sugar and orange blossom in the bowl of an electric mixer and whisk for 16–18 minutes or until pale, thick and tripled in volume. 
  3. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and fold through the flour until just combined. Add the almond meal, orange rind and butter and fold through until combined. 
  4. Divide the mixture evenly between the prepared tins and bake for 45–50 minutes or until springy to touch. Turn out onto wire racks to cool completely. Increase the oven temperature to 180ºC (350ºF). 
  5. To make the almond crisp, place the almonds, sugar and water in a bowl and toss to combine. Spread the almond mixture in a thin, even layer on a large, lightly greased baking tray lined with non-stick baking paper. Bake for 12–14 minutes or until golden. Allow to cool completely on the tray and break into pieces. 
  6. To make the icing, place the butter, cream cheese, ricotta and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat for 6–8 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, add the sugar, and beat for a further 8–10 minutes or until smooth and creamy (see tips). 
for full instructions you can go to :    https://www.donnahay.com.au

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