I grew up on Apple halwa which is always topped with orange cake from the store collapsed. In the spacious and bright citrus orange texture and balance apple halwa so good, you will be amazed. So, although I wanted to keep intact spacious and bright citrus cloud I replaced the orange cream cake.
Blitz the almonds to a coarse powder and keep aside.
Whip the cream with the zest, orange juice and icing sugar until stiff.
Heat ghee in a heavy bottom pan and add cardamom and apples. Sauté the apples until most of them have reduced to sauce like consistency. I keep some cubes larger than others for a chunky texture.
Add the sugar, saffron, almond powder and milk powder. Splash in water to keep the apples cooking if required or if the mixture gets too dry, about 1/4 cup at a time. Cooking for another 15 minutes.
Serve warm or cold with the whipped cream and flaked almond.