Need an easy baking idea that’s perfect for summer?
This Orange Almond Skillet Cake should do the trick!
A couple of weeks ago, my wife and I finally purchased bikes. We’d been thinking about getting bicycles for a couple of years, and we decided this year was the year. I’ve spent many, many hours riding a bike…back when I was eight years old. Other than the stationary version at the gym, I hadn’t been on a bicycle in, well, I don’t know how long.
But luckily for me, it came back quickly…just like riding a bike. (Editor note: I tried to resist that bad pun, but it just came out anyways. Sorry.) Fortunately for us, our area has a bunch of bike trails, so we’ve been spending the weekends exploring these trails and enjoying the warm weather. Once spring and summer arrive, I always appreciate easier baking recipes. And this Orange Almond Skillet Cake is one of the easiest recipes I’ve ever made!
This past winter, I developed a new love for my cast iron skillet. As you may have noticed, I also write for Food Fanatic. (It’s a great site…check it out sometime!) In the summer, I mainly focus on recipes for the grill or smoker, but in the winter the grill is buried under 12+ inches of snow. So this year, I focused on cast iron cooking. I have a couple of pieces of cast iron cookware, but honestly I didn’t really use them that much. I’d occasionally pull out the big skillet to saute onions and peppers…but that was about it. Well, that all changed this winter…and now I am hooked on using my cast iron pans again! (That skillet has now seen everything from a gigantic Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie to Homemade Flour Tortillas to Copycat Chili’s Chicken Fajitas.)
This Orange Almond Skillet Cake is one of the easiest cakes I’ve ever made. I have an immense amount of baking respect for Dorie Greenspan, and I was perusing her blog one day when I stumbled across this Swedish Visiting Cake. It looked absolutely amazing, and I knew I needed to try it. Her original version used lemons, but I happen to love the combination of oranges and almonds…so I went a slightly different direction. It was magical. (Since then, I’ve gone back and made the lemon version…it, too, was amazing!) This is a one-bowl cake, and it couldn’t be any easier to make. With the fresh orange flavors, I found this cake to be perfect for both breakfast as well as dessert. It’s also great to take along as a snack while you’re riding your bike.