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Orange, cardamom and almond cake with orange-blossom yoghurt

Australian Gourmet Traveller recipe for orange, cardamom and almond cake with orange-blossom yoghurt.

By Lisa Featherby
  • 15 mins preparation
  • 3 hrs 20 mins cooking plus cooling
  • Serves 10
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Orange, cardamom and almond cake with orange-blossom yoghurt
This is a wonderful alternative to fruitcake. Orange-blossom yoghurt adds a refreshingly sour note, but you could serve it with cream instead.


  • 2 oranges, washed
  • 250 gm caster sugar
  • ½ tsp ground cardamom
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon
  • 300 gm blanched almonds, finely ground in a food processor
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 5 eggs
  • For dusting: pure icing sugar
  • To decorate: candied oranges and clementines
Orange-blossom yoghurt
  • 300 gm thick natural yoghurt
  • 40 gm (¼ cup) pure icing sugar
  • 3 tsp orange-blossom water, or to taste


  • 1
    Place oranges in a large saucepan, cover completely with cold water and bring to the boil over high heat. Cover with baking paper and a plate to weigh oranges down, then cook until oranges are soft (2-2½ hours). You may need to top up with extra water to keep oranges covered. Drain, cool, then remove and discard calyx and seeds from oranges and coarsely chop.
  • 2
    Preheat oven to 180C. Process oranges, sugar and spices in a food processor until finely chopped. Transfer to a bowl, add almonds and baking powder and set aside.
  • 3
    Meanwhile, whisk eggs in an electric mixer until pale (3-5 minutes), add orange mixture and whisk to combine (10-20 seconds). Pour into a buttered and baking paper-lined 22cm-diameter spring-form pan and bake until golden an inserted skewer withdraws clean (50 minutes). Cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes, then release sides of pan and cool completely.
  • 4
    Meanwhile, for orange-blossom yoghurt, combine ingredients in a bowl and refrigerate until required.
  • 5
    Decorate cake with candied fruit. Serve with orange-blossom yoghurt to the side.
  • Author: Lisa Featherby