Linda Bassett’s light orange fruit cake recipe

03 Apr 2018

The Calendar Girls actor shares her recipe for a citrusy and nutty cake

Linda Bassett pictured outdoors

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Linda Bassett played Cora in the film 2003 British comedy film Calendar Girls. Here's her recipe for a distinctly fruity and nutty treat.

View a printable version of this recipe.

Cooking time

Two hours for the oranges; one for the cake


  • 2 large oranges
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 1 tsp plain flour
  • 6 free-range eggs
  • 250g/9oz ground almonds
  • 250g/9oz caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder

Linda Bassett's orange and almond cake


  • Wash the oranges thoroughly. Bring them to the boil in a large saucepan of water and gently cook for two hours
  • Preheat the oven to 175C/325F/Gas 3 and butter and flour a 23cm/9in cake tin
  • Leave the oranges to cool, before slicing in quarters and removing the pips
  • Pulp the oranges in a food processor
  • Beat the eggs and gradually stir in all the remaining ingredients, including the orange pulp. Pour into the cake tin and cook for about an hour, until the cake is golden in colour and has risen
  • Transfer to a wire cooling rack, keeping the cake in the tin. When the cake has cooled, carefully remove from the tin and serve cut into slices

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