Nutty orange cake

Nutty orange cake



  • 1 1/2 cups walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds (or a combination of all three)
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 tbsp orange zest, plus extra for serving
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • icing sugar to serve


Step 1: Preheat oven to 180°C or 160°C fan-forced. Grease a 24cm cake tin and line the base and sides with baking paper. In the bowl of a food processor, pulse the nuts until finely chopped.

Step 2: Add the flour and baking powder and pulse a few times to combine. Transfer this dry mixture to a bowl.

Step 3: Crack eggs, add to the bowl of the food processor and whip them until frothy. Add the sugar gradually and continue mixing until pale and thick.

Step 4: Return the walnut and flour mixture and pulse to combine.

Step 5: Finally, add juice, zest and oil, and pulse again.

Step 6: Pour into prepared tin and bake for 55 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Serve dusted with icing sugar and a little extra orange zest or some peeled orange segments.


  • When serving, some peeled orange segments look great arranged on top of the cake.
  • Turn the cake into dessert by serving it with some whipped cream spiked with finely grated orange peel.

Recipe by Greer Worsley, a working mum whose desire to make and bake things has grown in inverse proportion to the amount of spare time she has since her three gorgeous girls came along.

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