Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Ambrosia Cake Recipe

Have you ever heard of an Ambrosia cake? If yes, then what's the cake like?

It seems that there is no one single Ambrosia cake. When googling 'ambrosia cake', the Internet search engine returns a number of recipes that seem to contain oranges in one form or another. This version is a Finnish recipe, known as 'Ambrosiakakku'. It's a simple sugar cake that goes well with a cup of tea. Most of the Finnish recipes only use candied orange peel to garnish and juice to make the glaze. I've also added grated orange zest to the cake batter to make the cake even more fragrant and tasty.

Ambrosia Cake

Serves 8 to 10

150 g unsalted butter, melted
3 large eggs
200 g caster sugar
115 g plain/all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
grated zest of 1 orange

To glaze:
100 g confectioners/icing sugar
2 to 3 Tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice

To garnish:
candied orange peel

Whisk eggs and sugar into a thick, pale foam. Add grated orange zest, slightly cooled melted butter, and baking powder mixed with flour.
Pour the batter into a 24-26 cm buttered springform. Bake in a preheated 180 C oven until the cake is done (test by inserting a wooden toothpick in the middle of the cake - it should come out dry).
Cool, transfer onto a serving tray.
Mix icing sugar and orange juice into a glaze and spoon over the centre of the cake, leaving about an inch from the edges clear.
Garnish with candied orange peel.


Paula Maack said...

What a delectable photo!!

As an Ambrosia Kook, myself, I am going to have to give this cake a try. Orange cakes are my favorite, and this looks fantastic!

Thank you so much!


~ Paula

Alanna said...

There's a "salad" -- note the quotes -- called ambrosia. It's a mayo-sour cream sauce with coconut, canned fruit (especially pineapple) and pineapple. Cake sounds better!

Passionate About Baking said...

Never heard of it, but looks like I'd better learn quick. this looks FAB!!

Pille said...

Paula - what a coincidence :)

Alanna - I'm trying to visualise a mayo salad with coconut, canned fruit and pineapple. I'm trying VERY hard, you know :)

Passionate about baking - thank you! It was an easy, yet lovely cake indeed!