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This light cake is something Sicilian grandmothers often serve for tea; at Rocca delle Tre Contrade, guests snack on it all day long. For a tender cake with a light texture, be careful not to overmix the flour into the batter.

Rocca della Tre Contrade, Sicily
September 2020

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Recipe Summary

active:
20 mins
total:
2 hrs 10 mins
Yield:
12
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Stir together flour, orange zest, and baking powder in a medium bowl. Set aside.

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  • Beat sugar, vegetable oil, and eggs with an electric mixer on high speed until almost white, about 1 minute and 30 seconds. Add orange juice; beat on low speed until combined, about 20 seconds. With mixer running on low speed, gradually add flour mixture. Beat until just combined, about 1 minute (do not overmix).

  • Transfer batter to a greased (with vegetable oil) and floured 9-inch tube or Bundt pan. Bake in preheated oven until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool in pan 10 minutes. Invert cake onto a wire rack; let cool completely, about 1 hour.

Make Ahead

Cake can be made up to 3 days in advance and stored in an airtight container at room temperature.

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