Almond orange & olive oil cake

Citrus, olive oil and almonds? This is Palestine in a cake! These ingredients are found in many delicious savoury Palestinian dishes and they lend themselves beautifully to baking.


  • 120g all-purpose flour
  • 60g Palestinian Fairtrade almonds, ground
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 150g Fairtrade caster sugar
  • 120ml Palestinian Fairtrade Organic extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 120ml freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 60g Palestinian Fairtrade almonds, sliced
  • Icing sugar for dusting


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/365F/Gas 4, and grease and flour a 9-inch (23 cm) round cake tin.
  2. In a bowl, mix together the flour, ground almonds, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs, caster sugar and olive oil. When thoroughly mixed add the vanilla extract, orange zest and finally the orange juice.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the bowl and beat until they are thoroughly combined.
  5. Pour the cake mixture into the cake tin and sprinkle the flaked almonds over the top. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.
  6. Remove the cake onto a wire rack and let it cool completely. Dust with icing sugar before serving.

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