I was somewhat disappointed in this recipe. 1 - The batter was so thick that I had to drop it in small spoonfulls and try to smooth them together without letting the syrup ooze through. What a pain! 2 - Once the cake was baked, the syrup was too sweet and had a distinct bitterness due to the orange rinds. I think if the orange slices were actually candied before making this recipe, they would not have been so bitter. We pulled them all off because we couldn't eat them. The cake portion was good, not too sweet and had a hint of orange flavor. I ended up slicing the top off and using the rest to make small trifles.
I've made this recipe many times with good success. It's not quite as complicated as it seems. The flavor is bright and refreshing. Note: don't overcook the honey-orange syrup or it will take on a burnt flavor and if the cake is overcooked, it will be a tad dry. Best to test it several times as it bakes.