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Gluten free Almond and Orange cake

May 19, 2016

My dad always used to remind us growing up that the business of Life is “LIFE” not business.

His words ring so true to me now, however in the humdrum of the daily urban rush, the burnt toast and the missing bus to work, I sometimes choose to ignore the reality of what life is really meant to be. With popular adages like “there’s so much to do and so little time” and the rush of everything from the myriad exponentially increasing pages of face book to the bottomless cups of coffee and the never stopping inflow of mails in the inbox, sometimes life becomes a hamsters wheel and I feel trapped in this plastic cage running for certain but just not knowing where I am running towards….

There’s another beautiful saying that I have stuck to my cubicle that reads “I gave up my life to be the person I wanted to be ….Was it worth it”!!!

this sentence somehow grounds me and brings me back to reality and I take a few “One Minutes for Myself” during the day just to reconnect with the real me and bring me back to the multitude of colors that life has to offer from the monochrome of the binary world.
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 Lately and perhaps destiny wills this thus my choice of reading of mindfulness and meditation and the mantras of daily exercising and consciously slicing out “MY Time” from my 24 hour clock helps me reconnect with reality. Like the saying in English, the flapping of a butterfly’s wings in one part of the world can cause a massive storm in another likewise simple changes in one’s life can bring about a profound difference to one’s attitude towards life and wellbeing. I am living proof of this, having joined the 5 am club and waking up early every morning to catch up on MY time that I invest generously for my reading, meditation and exercising before my little world wakes up and demands all of me I feel very much in control and I often wonder why I hadn’t learnt this simple magic tip a few years earlier. Loosing the last 5 kilos has also made all the difference to my general perspective in life.
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I have also been realizing that it is important to “live in the present” and not in one’s mind. Life is a lot more generous & forgiving than what we make of it and give credit to, and honestly every one of us is so wrapped up in the challenges that we create for ourselves that we barely have time to think of the others.
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We all have to learn to be like water, ethereal, unyielding and yet all encompassing. Water is beautiful parallel to how we should live our lives and remember to measure our lives as a glass half full rather than a glass half empty, and why worry about the emptiness anyway, because like the master says, if your glass is completely full where will I take residence in? One can only accept and absorb more if one has more space. Declutter your life and create space so that it can be filled with overflowing love, compassion and beauty. A healthy dose of sunshine, beautiful books to read and genuine friends makes a life worth living for.

Sorry this post of mine has been peppered with lots of my random musings but like my dad mentions the business of life is life not business…..

Coming to today’s post, I simply love this decadent cake which is a bit of indulgence but certainly promises you to another level of bliss. Adapted from Australia’s sweet baking favourites, this cake combines the heavenly taste of dark chocolate, orange and almond meal that imparts a moist texture and yet is crunchy around the periphery leaving one is a dream like state.

 The candied orange toppings adds extra zest to the cake. Since oranges are in season and they are juicy and bursting with flavours.  It was injustice to ignore the  amazing aroma they add to the cake.

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Gluten free Almond and Orange cake
Author: Shibani of Pearlsofeast
  • 1 1/4 cup almond meal
  • 1 cup castor sugar
  • 1 cup dark chocolate melted
  • 150 grams unsalted butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/3 cup boiling water
  • 1 Orange zest
  1. Combine cocoa powder with boiling water and mix it with chocolate melt, butter, egg yolk, sugar. zest and almond meal in a large bowl.
  2. Using electric blender, beat egg white until soft peaks form. Gently fold into the chocolate mixture in two batches.
  3. Pour the mixture in the greased spring form tin of 20 cm and bake it in a preheated oven of 180 C for 45 minutes or more until firm.
  4. Cool the cake and top it with the candied orange slice and drizzle it with the syrup.
Candied Orange[br]1/2 cups water[br]1/2 cup castor sugar[br]navel orange, sliced 1/4 inch thick[br]In a pan, combine the water and sugar and boil it. Add the orange slices and cook over a moderate heat, turning them occasionally, until the liquid is reduced to a thin syrup and the orange slices are translucent, about 20 minutes. Reduce the heat to moderately low and simmer until the syrup is thick and the slices are tender but still intact, turning occasionally, about 10 minutes. Transfer the orange slices to a rack to cool. Reserve the syrup and use it while serving the cake..

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  • Reply Shumaila May 24, 2016 at 11:04 am

    A very motivational and thought provoking post Shibani. Love your dad's words and especially this line "it is important to “live in the present” and not in one’s mind" I live a lot in my mind and need to learn to embrace the present. This gluten free almond and orange cake sounds lovely. Here's to life!

  • Reply shibani Mishra May 26, 2016 at 1:08 am

    Thank you Shumalia, I think it really makes sense to live in present and we have to try.

  • Reply Rajul September 16, 2016 at 10:45 am

    What the replace of egg

    • Reply shivsm September 19, 2016 at 1:33 am

      Dear Rajul,
      Thank you and I haven’t made this cake with out using Eggs.

  • Reply Muna Kenny April 5, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    Looks amazing! I am yet to try Gluten free baking and looking at your cake I think I’ll try it soon 🙂

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