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 Almond Cake

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!


The Ingredients you will need:

  • 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


There are four steps to make this dairy free, gluten free 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


How to make an Orange Syrup

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

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


Here is how to make this Dairy Free, Gluten Free Orange Cake
with Almond Meal:

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: thefoodiejourney


Orange Almond Cake

  • 3 Eggs
  • 40 gr (3 tbsp) Brown Sugar
  • 250 ml (1 cup) Orange Juice , (about 2 large oranges)
  • 250 gr (1 1/4 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.


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