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Butter In Orange Blossom Cake

Asked by marlen. Answered on 7th November 2018

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Can butter be replaced or omitted in the Almond and Orange Blossom cake?

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Almond and Orange Blossom Cake
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Nigella's Almond And Orange Blossom Cake (from HOW TO EAT) is a cake that is delicately flavoured with orange zest and orange blossom water. The cake contains both ground almonds (almond meal) and butter, meaning that it is also very moist. It is not possible to leave out the butter completely as the cake would be quite flat and hard.

We also feel that the use of butter is important in this particular cake as it adds a lot of flavour to the cake without clashing with or overwhelming the orange blossom water. Cakes made with margarine and oil can be a little tasteless unless they are bolstered with stronger flavours such as coffee, chocolate or lemon. However if you are looking for dairy-free and gluten-free cakes then we would suggest trying Nigella's Lemon Polenta Cake. Please scroll down to the "Information" box at the bottom of the page and you will see the conversion for a light and mild olive oil instead of the butter. Nigella's [Apple And Almond Cake] ( has a lot of flavour without using any additional oil, butter or margarine. Finally, the Chocolate Olive Oil Cake is another very popular cake that you may like to try.

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