This is one of those 'good news' and 'bad news' recipes. The bad news is this cake takes a lot of time to make. The good news is that it isn't actually difficult - just time-consuming. The bad news is that it's quite expensive. The good news is that it's really worth it for a special occasion. To make it easy on yourself, prepare it over two days. The glace oranges have to be soaked overnight, so I'd prepare them, boil the oranges and make the syrup on one day, then make the cake and finish the glace oranges the next day, and serve the cake on the third day. I think it's probably better for keeping in the fridge for a day before it's served. I was really, really sceptical about making this cake, but did it because a friend particularly wanted it for her birthday. To my surprise it turned out dense and moist and delicious and full of orangey flavour. It was a real hit. It's actually not the most attractive cake in the world when you take it out of the oven, but add the glace oranges to the top (buy them if you don't want to make them yourself) and it comes up quite presentable. Served with the Orange and Sauternes Sauce and a dollop of thick cream you'll forget all about what a pain it was to make. :-) In fact, my friend says her neighbour turned up at breakfast time the next day asking if there was any more of 'that cake' left! This recipe is adapted from one that appeared in Australia's "Better Homes and Gardens" magazine. The syrup recipe is pinched from Chrissyo's Orange and Almond Cake Recipe #38551 .