We are in the thick of orange season here in Florida, so I was excited to make this cake. This is truly the definition of a simple cake, which, in and of itself came together in just a few minutes. Simplicity in assemblage and appearance is not the same as simplicity in taste, however. This was bursting with flavor!
Originally I set down the path of making the poached orange topping, but since I used smaller local oranges, I would have needed a whole bag just to make that topping, and shaping them was so wasteful of the rest of the oranges. This was not entirely “fruitless”, as I found my arms and chin dripping in orange juice as I slurped up the remainder of the oranges in the skins. So delicious. So sweet. So juicy. Nothing like it. Anyway. No poached orange topping, so I instead used the poaching liquid to soak the cake, and then ended with the marmalade glaze.
In the end this cake was so delicious. I could barely restrain myself from eating the whole thing at once. It was so light and so refreshing, especially enjoyed with a glass of sparkling something on your warm, sunny patio. In fact I made this again last night for a potluck we are having at work today, and it was just so easy to quickly assemble as before, if not quicker having done it once before.