The first time I tasted this cake I couldn't believe it was possible to make a cake that is so light and yet holds up so well without any flour. The syrup makes it very moist as well. It would be perfect as a gourmet birthday cake for anyone with gluten or flour allergies. When they are in season, Seville oranges are recommended.
- Preheat the oven to 180 C or 350 F.
- Line a 23 cm spring-form tin on the bottom and sides with greaseproof paper.
- Keeping 1 tbsp of caster sugar aside for later, mix the egg yolks and sugar together until pale.
- Then add the almonds and zest.
- Beat the egg whites and remaining tablespoon of sugar until stiff.
- Carefully fold into the sugar-egg mixture, trying not to knock the air out of the whites.
- The egg yolk/sugar mixture will seem quite stiff at first, but keep folding in the egg whites and it will soon loosen up.
- Gently ease the batter into the lined tin.
- Place on the middle shelf of your oven and bake for 60-70 minutes until it is golden on top and firm to touch.
- While the torte is in the oven, make the syrup by placing the orange juice, lemon juice and cinnamon in a saucepan with a handful of sugar.
- Bring to a gentle boil and simmer for about five minutes.
- The syrup should be quite tart.
- Cool and place in the fridge.
- When the torte is ready, remove from the oven and cool completely on a rack before opening the springform tin.
- Transfer to a plate and pierce four small holes in the top of the cake.
- Pour half the syrup over the top and serve with the rest of the syrup on the side.
- If you are making the cake ahead of time, I usually wait until a few hours before serving to pour the syrup over.