This classic gluten free cake is wonderfully moist thanks to the addition of whole oranges which are boiled until really soft. Delicious served on its own or topped with yogurt – it is a perfect tea time treat.

Orange Almond Cake



Makes 1 cake / serves 10

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 1 hour 50 minutes


What’s Good About It?

In addition to healthy fats and vitamin E, a quarter-cup of almonds contains almost a quarter of your daily magnesium requirements. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant making it important for protecting our cells from damage. Using Almonds in this recipe is a great way to addition plenty of fibre and protein too.



  1. Grease and line a 20cm / 8 inch cake tin.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180C, Gas mark 4.
  3. Wash the oranges and boil them whole (peel and all) for 1 hour, or until soft. Drain the oranges and roughly chop, discarding the pips.
  4. Place the oranges in a food processor and blend until smooth.  Add the eggs, vanilla, xylitol, almond flour, salt and baking powder until well blended. Pour the batter into the prepared cake tin.
  5. Bake in the oven 45-50 minutes, until a toothpick stuck in the centre comes out clean.  About half way through cooking you may need to place some kitchen foil over the top to stop it going too brown.
  6. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from the tin. Then place on a wire rack to cool completely.

Did You Know?

If you don’t have almond flour use ground almonds – I like to process them really fine first before using.


Makes 1 cake / Serves 10


2 large oranges

4 eggs

1tsp vanilla extract

125g Xylitol or coconut sugar

250g almond flour (or finely ground almonds)  (you can also use a combination of ground almonds and gluten free flour)

½ tsp. sea salt

1 tsp. baking powder