Citrus Ginger Cake with Spiced Orange Compote

Citrus Ginger Cake with Spiced Orange Compote

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From: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2007

The flavor of this spiced orange compote improves with time so make it a day ahead or the morning of your party. Serve chilled in a clear bowl so the colors show through.

Ingredients 1 serving

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  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup mild-flavored extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature, separated (see Tip)
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated orange or Meyer lemon zest
  • 1/3 cup fresh orange or Meyer lemon juice
  • 5 tablespoons chopped crystallized ginger, divided
  • 1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons confectioners’ sugar
  • Spiced Orange Compote, (recipe follows)

Preparation

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  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Oil an 8-inch round cake pan (see Variation), line with parchment paper and oil the parchment.
  2. Stir together honey, oil, egg yolks, zest, juice and 3 tablespoons crystallized ginger in a medium bowl. Sift whole-wheat pastry flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder and salt into a large bowl. Beat egg whites with an electric mixer on high in another medium bowl until soft peaks form, 1 to 2 minutes.
  3. Stir the honey mixture into the flour mixture with a wooden spoon. Gently fold in the egg whites with a rubber spatula until they are well combined. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  4. Bake the cake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 35 minutes. Transfer the pan to a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes. Run a knife around the edges of the pan to loosen the cake and turn it out onto the rack. Let cool completely.
  5. Just before serving, sift sugar evenly over the top of the cake and garnish with the remaining 2 tablespoons ginger. Serve with Spiced Orange Compote on the side.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 4, tightly wrap in plastic wrap and hold at room temperature for up to 1 day.
  • Equipment: 8-inch cake pan (see Variation), parchment paper
  • Tip: To bring an egg to room temperature, set it out on the counter for 15 minutes or submerge it (in the shell) in a bowl of lukewarm (not hot) water for 5 minutes.
  • Variations: You can use a 9-inch cake pan for this recipe, but you will get a thinner cake. Reduce the baking time to 25 to 30 minutes. You can find 8-inch cake pans at well-stocked kitchenware stores or online at surlatable.com.
  • If you don't have a 5-hole zester, use a vegetable peeler to remove long strips of the outer skin (zest) of the orange. Cut the zest into thin slivers.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 slice
  • Per serving: 280 calories; 7 g fat(1 g sat); 3 g fiber; 52 g carbohydrates; 4 g protein; 57 mcg folate; 37 mg cholesterol; 30 g sugars; 357 IU vitamin A; 47 mg vitamin C; 75 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 175 mg sodium; 190 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 3 1/2
  • Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 3 other carbohydrates, 1 fat

Reviews 1

June 24, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
Time before a celebration is always tight and since this recipe benefits from being made a day in advance you have one less thing to do immediately before. I live in company housing and my oven is not dependable. I've made this cake several times and one time it was over cooked. However, the compote was absorbed by the cake and the result was a moist dessert. I love the combination of flavors. Nice alternative to a iced cake for a birthday party.