Gluten Free Almond Orange Cake

Gluten Free Almond Orange Cake

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This Dairy Free, Flourless Almond Orange Cake is the most delicious, light and moist gluten free cake. Made from scratch with fresh ingredients, it is the perfect Passover Cake recipe… or simply a great flourless cake to enjoy every day of the year!

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Slice of Orange Almond Cake with Orange Syrup and Candied Oranges

Flourless Orange Cake with Almonds

This Gluten Free Orange Cake with Almond Meal is probably one of the easiest on the blog. Most of the recipes for and almond orange cake requires you to boil your oranges for a few hours before blending them into the cake batter… nothing like this here! I simply used the Orange Juice to make a really quick, easy and fresh cake batter. Made with a few ingredients only, this cake will be ready to be baked in about 10 minutes!

Orange Almond Cake Ingredients

Best thing about this cake: it really only requires a handful of ingredients! Nothing fancy or hard to find here… if you love to bake and love to use almond meal, you already should have it all in the pantry!

  • Eggs
  • Brown Sugar
  • Orange Juice
  • Canola Oil (or any other unflavoured vegetable oil that can be baked)
  • Almond Meal
  • Cornstarch
Flourless Orange Almond Cake from above

How to make this Dairy-Free and Gluten-Free Orange Cake

There are four steps to make this Orange Cake. And what I love about it is that boiling oranges for 2 hours is not one of them! Although most recipes require you to boil full oranges, then blend them through the cake batter, this recipe only uses the juice of the orange. So much quicker and easier, without compromising on the taste! Here are the steps to make this Almond Orange Cake:

  1. Seperate the Egg Whites and Egg Yolks
  2. Whisk the Egg Yolks with the Sugar. Add the liquid ingredients (Oil and Orange Juice), then the dry ingredients (Almond Meal and Cornstarch)
  3. Whip the Egg Whites into stiff peaks
  4. Gently fold in the Egg Whites into the cake batter

Pretty straight forward, isn’t it? Not only the almond meal will bring a delicious moisture to the cake, the whipped egg whites will also make it super light and airy.  Note that for this recipe, I used Almond Meal and not Almond Flour. Almond Meal is basically coarsely ground raw almonds, which brings a great texture to the cake. I find that Almond Flour is often ground too thinly and looses that delicious almond crunch.

Orange Almond Cake with Orange Marmelade

Orange Syrup to top the Flourless Orange Cake

The Orange Syrup is a big part of this recipe. It brings a delicious tangy flavour to the cake, as well as a great shine! To make the Orange Syrup, you will need:

  • the juice of 1 orange
  • a little bit or lemon juice (this is optional, but it helps to bring out the orange flavour)
  • some Brown Sugar

Simply place these 3 ingredients in a small pot and leave to simmer and reduce until slightly sticky. Then, brush all over the cake once it has cooled down. You can also make small holes on the cake with the tip of the knife before pouring over the syrup. That is a great way to get the syrup all the way inside the cake!

Slice of Orange Almond Cake with Orange Syrup and Marmalade

How to make Candied Orange Peels to finish this easy Orange Cake

Making Candied Orange Peels is way more simple that it seems. Whether you want to make candied oranges slices like in my Orange Glazed Spiced Honey Cake or simple candied peels like here, the process is basically the same.

  1. First, use a vegetable peeler to get the orange peels. Try to leave as much of the white skin as possible, as it is the most bitter part of the fruit. Thinly chop the peels into long strips.
  2. Boil the orange peels a couple of times, draining them well under cold water between each time, to remove all the bitterness.
  3. Add the orange juice (you can also add some orange flesh to make more of a marmalade), sugar and spices and leave to reduce until most of the liquid has evaporated.
Close up on the Flourless Orange Almond Cake

More Gluten Free Recipes Ideas:

Gluten Free Strawberry Almond Cake

Vegan Mango Cheesecake

Vegan Mini Blueberry Tarts

French Buckwheat Crepes

Gluten Free Carrot Cake
from It’s Not Complicated Recipes

Vegan Banana Bread (Gluten Free + Sugar-Free)

Gluten-Free Banana Buckwheat Pancakes

Dairy Free & Gluten Free Orange Cake with Almond Meal Recipe:

Gluten Free Orange Almond Cake
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Gluten Free Orange Almond Cake

This Dairy Free, Flourless Almond Orange Cake is the most delicious, light and moist gluten free cake made from scratch with fresh ingredients only. 
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: jewish
Servings: 12 people
Author: A Baking Journey


Orange Almond Cake

  • 3 Eggs
  • 40 gr (3 tbsp) Brown Sugar
  • 250 ml (1 cup) Orange Juice , (about 2 large oranges)
  • 250 gr (2 1/2 cup) Almond Meal
  • 60 ml (1/4 cup) Canola Oil
  • 30 gr (3 tbsp) Cornstarch

Orange Syrup

  • 1 Orange – juiced
  • 2 tbsp Lemon Juice, optional
  • 2 tbsp Brown Sugar

Candied Orange Peels (optional)

  • 1 Orange – peels & juice
  • 2 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 2 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 teasp. Cinnamon Powder
  • 1/2 teasp. Ginger Powder


Orange Almond Cake

  • Preheat your oven on 180’C/350’F.
  • Seperate the Egg Yolks and Egg Whites. Set the Egg Whites aside.
  • Whisk the Egg Yolks and Brown Sugar until foamy. Whisk in the Canola Oil, then the Orange Juice.
  • Stir in the Almond Meal and Cornstarch, then set aside.
  • Whip the Egg Whites into stiff peaks, the gently fold them into the rest of the batter in 3 times. Try not to overwork the cake batter.
  • Line a round springform pan with baking paper and grease the edges. Pour in the batter and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the tip of a knife comes out clean. Remove from the oven and leave to cool down.

Orange Syrup

  • While the cake is baking, prepare the Orange Syrup: 
    Place the Orange and Lemon Juice in a small pot with the Brown Sugar. Bring to a boil and leave to reduce for 5 to 10 minutes, or until sticky.
  • After the cake has had time to cool down. brush the syrup all over the cake. 

Candied Orange Peels

  • Using a vegetable peeler, peel the skin of the Orange – trying to leave the white bitter parts out. Finely chop the orange peels into thin strips.
  • Place the orange peels in a small pot and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil and leave to simmer for 1 minute. Remove from the pot and drain through a sieve, pouring cold water over the peels to stop the cooking.
    Repeat this step one more time to remove the bitterness from the peels.
  • Place the orange peels back in the pot with the Orange Juice, Lemon Juice, Brown Sugar, Cinnamon and Ginger. Bring to a boil and leave to reduce until most of the liquid has evaporated. Transfer into a clean jar. 
  • Place over the cake before serving.
Dairy Free Gluten Free Orange Almond Cake

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