Serve this vibrant orange cake topped with candied oranges in the winter, when oranges are at their best. Source: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 1998

Marie Piraino
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Ingredients

Candied oranges

Cake

Directions

  • To make candied oranges: Cut 2 oranges into paper-thin slices.

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  • Mix water and 3 cups sugar in a wide pan. Bring to a simmer over low heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Add the orange slices and poach, keeping the syrup at a bare simmer and ladling it over the oranges occasionally, until their skins are translucent, 1 1/2 to 2 hours (handle gently to avoid tearing). Carefully transfer the oranges to a sheet of wax paper; let cool. Reserve about 1/2 cup syrup.

  • To make cake: Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 10-inch angel food cake pan with nonstick spray. Line the bottom with parchment paper.

  • Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.

  • Pulse 1 orange in a food processor until finely chopped. Add 1 1/2 cups sugar; process until smooth. Add egg yolks, buttermilk, oil and vanilla; pulse to combine. Transfer to a large bowl.

  • Beat the 4 egg whites in a clean bowl with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until soft peaks form. Gradually sprinkle in the remaining 1/2 cup sugar, beating until stiff and glossy.

  • Add the dry ingredients to the orange mixture in 2 additions, folding with a whisk until just blended. Whisk one-quarter of the beaten whites into the batter. Fold in the remaining whites with a rubber spatula. Scrape batter into prepared pan and smooth the top. Tap the pan on the counter to release air bubbles.

  • Bake the cake until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean, 55 to 65 minutes. Let cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Loosen edges and invert cake onto rack. Remove paper and let cool completely.

  • Place the cake on a platter and brush with the reserved 1/2 cup orange syrup. Arrange the candied orange slices on top and garnish with mint sprigs.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate the candied oranges (Steps 1-2) for up to 2 days.

Nutrition Facts

297 calories; 4.5 g total fat; 0.6 g saturated fat; 24 mg cholesterol; 192 mg sodium. 111 mg potassium; 61 g carbohydrates; 1 g fiber; 40 g sugar; 4.1 g protein; 96 IU vitamin a iu; 13 mg vitamin c; 84 mcg folate; 42 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 10 mg magnesium;