Delicious Gluten-Free Orange Almond Cake Recipe

There’s nothing quite like a freshly baked cake that is both delicious and healthy. And that’s exactly what you get with this gluten-free and dairy-free orange almond cake recipe. It’s the perfect treat for anyone who wants to indulge in something sweet without compromising their health goals.

What’s great about this recipe is that it uses only natural ingredients like whole oranges, ground almonds, and white sugar, ensuring you get all the nutrients you need without any of the artificial additives. Plus, it’s incredibly easy to make – even for someone who has never baked a cake before.

Whether you’re living a gluten-free lifestyle or looking for ways to incorporate more healthy options into your diet, this orange almond cake is sure to satisfy your cravings. So grab your apron, preheat your oven, and get ready to whip up a dessert that will impress everyone at your next gathering (or just satisfy your sweet tooth).

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Orange  Almond Cake (Gluten Free)
Orange Almond Cake (Gluten Free)

Are you looking for a mouthwatering cake recipe that is both healthy and gluten-free? Look no further, because this Orange Almond Cake recipe is perfect for you!

This delicious cake combines the zesty tang of oranges with the nutty flavors of ground almonds to create a flavor profile that is truly unforgettable. The best part? It is completely gluten-free and dairy-free, so you can indulge without any guilt or dietary restrictions.

This recipe is not your typical boring cake recipe. It’s made with real whole oranges – even the rind! – which makes for a moist and juicy texture that perfectly compliments the nutty taste of the almond flour. The high protein levels in the almond flour also make this cake a filling and satisfying dessert that won’t leave you feeling guilty afterward.

Not only does this cake taste great, but it also has nutritional benefits. The use of almond flour instead of white flour provides more vitamins and minerals, including vitamin E, which supports healthy skin and eyes. The use of whole oranges brings valuable antioxidants to the table which help boost your immune system naturally.

To summarize, this Orange Almond Cake Recipe is not just delicious but has numerous health benefits as well. Plus, it’s gluten-free, dairy-free, and easy to make! Trust me when I say that after one bite of this flavorful and healthy cake, you’ll never go back to traditional cakes again.

Ingredient List

 A slice of sunshine on your plate, Orange Almond Cake.
A slice of sunshine on your plate, Orange Almond Cake.

Let’s take a look at the key ingredients that make up this delicious Orange Almond Cake:

  • 2 whole oranges
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 2 1/3 cups of ground almonds or almond flour
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • zest of 2 oranges
  • 1 cup caster sugar

The recipe requires only a few basic ingredients and is naturally gluten-free and dairy-free, making it perfect for anyone with dietary restrictions. By using whole oranges, including the peel, this cake is packed with flavor and nutrients. The combination of almond flour and ground almonds gives the cake a nutty taste and a moist, dense texture. The use of caster sugar ensures that the cake has a light and fluffy crumb. All these ingredients come together to create a mouth-watering dessert that is perfect for any occasion.

The Recipe How-To

 Glistening glaze atop a fluffy, gluten-free delight.
Glistening glaze atop a fluffy, gluten-free delight.

Now that we’ve got all the ingredients together, it’s time to dive into making this delicious Orange Almond Cake. We’ll start with the preparation of the oranges. Here’s How-To make the Orange Puree!

Orange Puree

  1. Start by boiling whole ORANGES (yes, you read that right!) for 1 hour in a large pot filled with water.
  2. Once the oranges are soft, remove them from the pot and let them cool.
  3. Cut off the ends of each orange and chop them roughly.
  4. Remove any seeds and white parts.
  5. Blend until smooth using a food processor.

You should now have a thick orange puree which will be used in making our gluten-free cake recipe.

Continue on to How-To make the Orange Almond Cake batter.

Orange Almond Cake Batter

  1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius and grease a 9-inch round cake pan with butter or cooking spray.
  2. In a mixing bowl, beat 2 large eggs, 1 cup caster sugar, 3 cups almond meal, and 1 teaspoon baking powder together until well combined.
  3. Add in your orange puree (about 2 cups) and continue beating until everything blends together nicely.
  4. Fold in zest from 2 large oranges (grated), along with ½ teaspoon salt for that subtle sweetness.
  5. If you feel like enhancing the flavor even further, add in a tablespoon of orange blossom water or lemon extract.

Pour your batter into your greased cake pan and bake for 60 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean after inserting it into the center of the cake.

Let your Orange Almond Cake cool for at least 15-20 minutes before cutting a piece and enjoying its delightful flavors!

Substitutions and Variations

 The perfect dessert, indulgent yet healthy!
The perfect dessert, indulgent yet healthy!

There are several ways you can tweak this orange almond cake recipe to your liking or accommodate certain dietary restrictions. Here are some substitutions and variations you can try:

– Flour: Instead of almond flour, you can use another type of nut flour such as hazelnut, cashew, or pistachio. You can also use a gluten-free all-purpose flour blend if you want something more neutral in flavor.

– Sugar: The recipe calls for white sugar and caster sugar, but you can substitute with coconut sugar or cane sugar for a more natural option. If you want the cake to be less sweet, reduce the amount of sugar by 1/4 to 1/2 cup.

– Eggs: The eggs in this recipe act as a binding agent and provide moisture. If you’re allergic to eggs or follow a vegan diet, you can substitute with flax eggs (1 tablespoon ground flaxseed + 3 tablespoons water = 1 egg) or applesauce (1/4 cup per egg). Keep in mind that the texture and flavor may be slightly different from the original recipe.

– Dairy-free: This orange almond cake is already dairy-free since it uses olive oil instead of butter. However, if you want to make sure the cake is completely dairy-free, use a non-dairy milk such as almond milk or coconut milk.

– Orange: The recipe uses whole oranges, including the zest and juice, for optimal flavor. However, if you want to switch things up, you can use blood oranges, tangerines, or even lemons instead. You can also add some orange blossom water for an even stronger citrus aroma.

– Polenta cake: If you’re feeling adventurous, try making a polenta cake instead of an almond flour one. Use 1 cup of fine polenta (cornmeal) instead of almond flour, and add 1 teaspoon of baking powder to make it rise. Follow the same steps as the original recipe, but bake for an extra 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.

No matter what substitutions or variations you choose to make, this orange almond cake recipe will still be deliciously gluten-free and bursting with citrus flavor. Feel free to get creative and experiment with different flavors and textures until you find your perfect version.

Serving and Pairing

 The zesty orange aroma will fill your kitchen.
The zesty orange aroma will fill your kitchen.

Now that you have your delicious gluten-free orange almond cake ready to go, it’s time to think about how to best serve and pair it.

Firstly, let me just say that this cake is amazing on its own. The zesty and nutty flavors create a perfect balance of sweetness and tanginess. But if you want to take it up a notch, there are a few options to consider.

One easy option is to dust the top with some powdered sugar and serve with fresh fruit, such as strawberries or raspberries. The fruity notes in the cake will complement and enhance the flavors of the seasonal fruits. Another option is to serve it with a dollop of whipped cream or coconut whipped cream, which brings out the richness of the almond flavor.

If you’re serving this cake as a dessert, try pairing it with some sweet dessert wine or even an orange liquor such as Cointreau. The slight bitterness of the zest will be balanced by the sweetness of the wine or liquor.

However, if you’re serving the cake for breakfast or brunch, a hot cup of coffee or tea would be perfect. I particularly enjoy this cake with a cup of Earl Grey tea or an espresso shot.

To sum it up, there’s no one-size-fits-all rule for pairing this delicious gluten-free orange almond cake. It all comes down to your preferences and taste buds. So let your imagination run wild and experiment with different pairings until you find your favorite combination!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Nourishment in every bite, thanks to the almond flour.
Nourishment in every bite, thanks to the almond flour.

This Orange Almond Cake is perfect for making ahead of time and storing for later. Since it is gluten-free and dairy-free, it can be a great go-to option for meal plannings, as you can have it ready in advance to accompany your breakfast, snacks or even as dessert.

If you want to make this cake ahead of time, just follow the recipe instructions and let the cake cool completely before storing it. You can store it at room temperature by wrapping it tightly with a plastic wrap or a thin towel to prevent any air exposure, thus keeping it fresh for up to three days.

To store the cake longer than three days, you should put it in an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator. This way, the cake can last up to one week without losing its flavor or texture.

When reheating your Orange Almond Cake, you have several options. First, you can microwave small slices of the cake for about 20 seconds until warm. Alternatively, you may prefer to reheat it in an oven preheated to 350°F for 5-7 minutes until warm.

Also, this recipe is versatile enough that you can freeze some portions and defrost them as needed. To freeze, wrap slices of the Orange Almond Cake tightly in plastic wrap and place them in a freezer-safe container with a lid or heavy-duty freezer bag. They will last up to three months if stored properly.

To defrost and enjoy frozen slices, remove them from the freezer and let them come to room temperature on a countertop for around 30 minutes before serving.

By having these tips in mind, you will be able to enjoy freshly-baked gluten-free Orange Almond Cake whenever you crave this delicious treat.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Satisfy your sweet tooth, without sacrificing taste.
Satisfy your sweet tooth, without sacrificing taste.

Creating the perfect Orange Almond Cake can seem daunting, but with these tips, you’ll have a delicious gluten-free, dairy-free, and flourless cake that is sure to impress your guests. Follow these tips to achieve perfect results every time:

1. Properly measure ingredients

Ensure you measure each ingredient precisely. Fluff or sift the almond flour before measuring it to prevent any lumps. Most importantly, use room temperature eggs as they blend much more easily into the batter.

2. Use good quality ingredients

Opt for fresh oranges and high-quality almond flour as they are essential ingredients and affect the cake’s overall taste and texture.

3. Don’t overmix

Overmixing can lead to a tough and dense cake, so be gentle with the batter. Stir until just combined and no streaks of flour remain.

4. Test for doneness

As the baking time may vary depending on your oven or pan size, test if the cake is baked thoroughly using a toothpick inserted in the center of cake comes out with a few crumbs attached.

5. Let it cool completely

Let the cake cool down entirely; otherwise, it may collapse upon itself. Give it at least 20-30 minutes in the pan before inverting onto a wire rack to completely cool down.

6. Add toppings

Add toppings such as sliced almonds or orange zest for an extra crunch and citrusy flavor that compliments the rich almond cake.

7. Store properly

If there are any leftovers, store it in an airtight container at room temperature for 1-2 days or up to 5 days in the refrigerator.

By following these tips, you’ll create a moist and fragrant Orange Almond Cake that tastes spectacularly every time you bake it.


Now, before you get started let’s talk about everything you need to know. I anticipate some of you may have questions about this recipe, so I’ve anticipated some common queries and included them in this FAQ section. Let’s dive in!

Why is my orange almond cake bitter?

When preparing an orange cake, the bitterness in the flavor mainly arises from the white part of the peel. To avoid a cake that is too bitter, it is advisable to utilize only the colored zest by discarding the white part. This can be followed by referring to step 1.

How do you keep gluten-free cake moist?

Gluten-free cakes tend to become dry and tough when left uncovered at room temperature. To prevent this, I recommend adding buttermilk and some extra fat to the batter. Trust me, these ingredients work wonders to keep your cake moist and delicious.

What does almond flour do in cakes?

When it comes to baking, almond flour certainly doesn’t disappoint. This versatile ingredient not only imparts a subtle sweetness that perfectly complements a range of dishes, but also lends a rich flavor profile that provides an extra dimension to your recipes. Plus, baking with almond flour can actually enhance the lifespan of your baked goods, thanks to the added fat content that keeps moisture locked in.

What is flourless orange cake made of?

To prepare this gluten-free and dairy-free recipe, we’ll need some melted salted butter for greasing. The main ingredients include 2 oranges, 3 eggs, 215g (1 cup) of caster sugar, 300g (3 cups) of almond meal, and 1 tsp of gluten-free baking powder. We’ll also be making an Orange Syrup using another orange. Get ready to whip up a delicious and healthy treat!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this Orange Almond Cake recipe is one that you don’t want to miss out on. With its vibrant orange flavor and perfectly moist texture, it’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser at any gathering. Not only is it gluten-free and dairy-free, but it’s also made with wholesome ingredients like almond flour and whole oranges, making it not only delicious but nutritious as well.

So why not try this recipe out for yourself? It’s easy to make and can be customized to fit your taste preferences by swapping out ingredients or adding in your favorite flavors. Plus, you can feel good knowing that you’re nourishing your body with wholesome, natural ingredients.

In short, this recipe is the perfect addition to your baking repertoire if you’re looking for a healthy yet indulgent treat. Don’t forget to share it with your friends and family – they’ll thank you for it!

Orange Almond Cake (Gluten Free)

Orange Almond Cake (Gluten Free) Recipe

I have tried many citrus cakes and finally found one that is awesome in texture and flavour. This is the most amazing, simple, foolproof cake. I have made it many, many times, and it has never failed. Sometimes I use lemons, or limes and weigh them to ensure they equal the orange volume/weights. I used it as a gluten free option at our daughter's wedding along with her wedding cake. ENJOY!!! Kiwi Trish
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 2 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Gluten-free
Calories 359.1 kcal


  • 3 large oranges
  • 500 g white sugar
  • 6 large eggs
  • 500 g almond meal


  • Bring a pot of water to the boil, add the oranges, cover and simmer for one hour.
  • Stain off the water. Cool the oranges. If you are in a hurry, I suggest you partly cool them -- (this will still work).
  • While they are cooling, food process the sugar with the eggs until the sugar is dissolved and pour into a bowl.
  • Cut the oranges in half and de-seed them and put the oranges (with peel and pith) into a food processor and pulp until reasonably smooth.
  • Pour the pulp into the sugar/egg mix and add the almond meal. Gently mix together.
  • Pour mix into baking paper lined 24 - 26cm springform tin and bake for 50 - 60 minutes at 185°C.
  • Serve with creme fraiche, whipped cream, or vanilla ice-cream -- makes an awesome dessert. You could drizzle a little citrus liqueur around the plate.
  • Added thoughts -- This cake DOES NOT need any syrup poured over it.
  • NB.Simply double this recipe to get two large cakes. It is just as successful.
  • Occasionally, I will add a slurp of Grand Marnier, Contreau, or Galliano; however, try it plain initially.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 135gCalories: 359.1kcalCarbohydrates: 18.2gProtein: 14.9gFat: 27.6gSaturated Fat: 2.8gCholesterol: 111.6mgSodium: 43.1mgFiber: 7.4gSugar: 7.9g
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