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Whole Orange Cake – rind and all!

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I really like this Orange Cake for the nutty flavour, damp and sticky texture, the attractive orange flavour, and the distinctive methodology by which it’s made: blitzing entire oranges, rind and all, with almond meal, sugar, eggs and baking powder. No oil, no butter, no whisking!

Terrific simple cake to take to gatherings. And since it’s gluten-free, everybody can get pleasure from it!

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Complete Orange Cake

When you’ve spent a lifetime peeling oranges, it would sound unusual that this cake is made utilizing an entire orange.

However right here’s the factor – as with lemons and limes, a lot of the orange flavour is within the rind. You’re going to get means higher orange flavour by mixing 1 tablespoon of finely grated orange zest into, say, Vanilla Frosting, fairly than 1/four cup of orange juice. To not point out that zest doesn’t make frostings and cake batters watery.

So – we like rind for flavour. However we don’t just like the pith – the white half beneath the pores and skin – as a result of it’s bitter.

Answer: boil the oranges. This removes the bitterness in addition to softening the oranges to make them “jammy”, which makes the cake damp and sticky inside.

Close up of slice of Orange Cake, ready to be served

What goes in Orange Cake

Simply 5 substances:

  • Complete recent oranges
  • Almond meal (aka floor almonds) – see be aware beneath
  • Sugar
  • Eggs
  • Baking powder (be certain it’s gluten free for those who’re making this as a gluten free cake)

Ingredients in Orange Cake - flourless, gluten free

Only a be aware on a few the substances:

Almond meal / floor almonds

That is actually uncooked almonds which can be blitzed right into a wonderful powder. It’s simply discovered these days, bought within the dried fruit & nut part and well being meals part of grocery shops.

It’s also possible to make your individual by blitzing 250g/ 9oz uncooked, unpeeled, unsalted almonds in a strong blender (I exploit a Vitamix) till it turns into a wonderful powder.

Almond flour is completely different however can be used. That is made with blanched, peeled almonds, blitzed till it turns into powder kind. It’s lighter in color with a finer texture so it’s going to give it barely fluffier consistency and in addition it’s going to have a barely much less pronounced almond flavour.  Almond flour shouldn’t be as frequent in Australia. I’ve bought it from these well being meals locations the place you serve your self from tubs, like Scoop Wholefoods. I really like these locations – you should buy precisely what you want!


The recent oranges can’t be substituted with orange juice – the batter on this recipe depends on the thickness of the pureed oranges. Additionally, utilizing entire oranges delivers huge orange flavour that OJ can by no means replicate!!

You’ll need 2 medium oranges about 8cm / three″ in diameter (assume baseball measurement) totalling round 600g/1.2 lb. You don’t have to be actual right here – in the event that they weigh extra, your cake shall be slightly bit extra moist. In the event that they weigh much less, that’s completely wonderful – almond meal muffins are tremendous moist already, you received’t really feel disadvantaged.

However clearly when you’ve got tiny ones, use a number of!

Find out how to make Orange Cake

The tactic used for this orange cake recipe is kind of distinctive with the bonus being that it’s simple and low-effort. As talked about above, oranges are boiled to melt and take away the bitterness from the pith (white a part of rind). After this, they’re blitzed – rind and all – with the remaining substances to make the batter.

You usually can’t use a meals processor or blender for cake recipes made with flour as a result of they’re just too highly effective so they’ll overwork the gluten within the batter, leading to horridly onerous, rubbery muffins!

First – boil and chop

How to make Orange Cake - flourless, gluten free

  1. Boil oranges in water for 10 minutes;
  2. Drain, then repeat twice extra. (ie three x 10 minutes) The aim of this step is to take away the bitterness from the white a part of the rind – for those who skip this (and there are some recipes that do) then the cake shall be bitter. Shortcut: Boil 40 minutes with out draining, however control water stage. The flavour is marginally “cleaner” for those who change the water as directed, however this shortcut is completely acceptable;
  3. Slice oranges and take away seeds; then
  4. Roughly chop – no have to be meticulous right here, it’s simply to assist it blitz quicker.

Then – blitz and bake!

How to make Orange Cake

  1. Place in a meals processor. Blender additionally works, however I discover it extra tedious to scrape all of the batter out. A NutriBullet works brilliantly for the blitzing however is just too small for the entire batch of batter . So simply do the oranges first, pour into bowl, blitz remaining substances, then combine every little thing collectively within the bowl;
  2. Blitz for three x 10 second bursts on excessive, scraping down the perimeters nicely, till you not see the big lumps and it’s appears like jam. It might take longer relying on the power of your meals processor. Mainly, the much less orange rind bits, the higher – however some rind bits are okay, nice jammy texture!
  3. Add the remaining substances – almond meal, baking powder, sugar and eggs, then blitz till nicely mixed. If at this stage you realise there’s nonetheless too many rind chunks, you’ll be able to blitz for longer;
  4. Pour right into a lined cake pan – 1 x 23cm/9″  (cake shall be four cm / 1.7″ tall) or 2 x 20cm / eight″ (cake shall be three cm / 2.2″ tall);
  5. Bake for 60 minutes till the cake is golden and a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clear; and
  6. Cool within the pan – it’s too fragile to take away whereas heat. The cake will shrink some, as you’ll be able to see within the picture above.

Ready to serve Orange Cake - flourless, gluten free

Ornament Options

Not like some muffins, I believe an unadorned Orange Cake is beautiful as a result of it has a stunning golden orange color. Additionally, this cake is so moist and stuffed with flavour, you don’t want nor need a frosting. I’ve seen some recipes that soak related muffins in orange syrup – too candy for me!

Nonetheless, if you wish to give it some fairly ending touches to impress your work colleagues or associates, listed here are just a few strategies:

  • Dusting of icing sugar / powdered sugar – easy and fairly!
  • Recent oranges (pictured above) – reduce skinny slices of oranges with rind on, then reduce a slit to the center. Then twist and place on the cake, as proven – it’s going to maintain itself in place;
  • Orange rind (pictured above) – use a knife or zester to chop skinny strips of orange rind. Orange half solely, not the white pith. Twist them round a wood spoon deal with or related, go away for 10 minutes or so then it’s going to maintain it’s form in unfastened curls, as pictured. For tight ringlets, go away in a single day!
  • Recent flowers – just some little sprigs from a tree out of the entrance of my home are pictured right here. Not edible, only for decorations! They’re not orange blossoms both sadly….
  • Candied orange peel or dried orange slices – scatter! With or with out icing sugar;
  • Toasted almonds – flakes or slivers. To make them stick, you may brush the floor with warmed marmalade loosened with a contact of water;
  • Pomegranate seeds – for a wow-factor pop of purple color!
  • Drippy lemon or orange glaze – use the one on this Lemon Yogurt Cake recipe.

Close up photo showing inside of Orange Cake - flourless, gluten free

Find out how to serve it

I can 100% promise you, this cake is moist and flavourful sufficient to eat plain. However for those who actually need one thing to dollop on the facet, yogurt is great – the recent tartness performs extraordinarily nicely towards the nuttiness of the almonds, and I believe it’s a greater choice than cream. Plain or Greek yogurt is finest, or a really mildly candy flavoured one.

For a richer different, creme fraiche could be beautiful.

It’s additionally very, superb served ever-so-slightly warmed with a scoop of ice cream on prime. Maybe not typical – but it surely works, and that’s what issues! – Nagi x

PS. Additionally – for gluten-free functions and simply because it’s darn tasty – a urged different to this cake is Flourless Chocolate Cake. New video for this one is coming quickly!

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Ready to serve Orange Cake - flourless, gluten free

Complete Orange Cake – flourless

Servings12 – 16 folks

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Recipe video above. This can be a fantastic moist cake that is bursting with orange flavour in a means that you may solely obtain utilizing entire oranges – rind and all! Boiling the oranges removes the bitterness from the pith (white half).It is a terrific and straightforward cake that is good to take to any gatherings since it is also gluten-free and everybody can eat it. The nutty almond flavour is fantastic, and retains it ultra-moist.Make sure to use gluten-free baking powder if making this for GF functions!Makes 1 x 23cm 9″ cake four cm / 1.6″ excessive, or 2 x 20cm/eight” muffins 3cm / 1.2″ excessive.


Boil oranges:

  • Boil 10 minutes: Place oranges in a pot and canopy with chilly water. Convey to the boil over medium excessive warmth. Boil for 10 minutes and drain.

  • Repeat x 2: Put oranges again within the pot, cowl with chilly water and boil once more for 10 minutes. Drain, then repeat as soon as extra (ie. boil oranges three x 10 minutes). Shortcut: Boil 40 minutes with out draining, maintaining a tally of water stage. (Word four)

  • Chop: Rinse oranges, then cool barely so you’ll be able to deal with them. Slice into 1cm / 1/four” slices then cube, eradicating any seeds. Cool utterly.


  • Preheat oven & line cake pans: Preheat oven to 160°C/320°F (140°C fan). Grease and line a 23cm/9″ cake pan with baking/parchment paper. (Word 5)

  • Blitz oranges: Place chopped oranges in a meals processor (Word 6). Blitz on excessive for four x 10 second bursts, scraping down the perimeters in between, till it is pureed right into a marmalade consistency with only some seen bits of rind remaining. It doesn’t have to be utterly easy.

  • Blitz in remaining substances: Add almond meal, eggs, baking powder and sugar. Blitz for five – 10 seconds on excessive till mixed.

  • Bake 60 minutes: Pour into ready cake pans. Bake 60 minutes till the floor is golden and a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clear.

  • Cool: Cool absolutely in cake pan. Except utilizing unfastened base pan, cowl floor with baking paper that will help you flip it out (cake is sticky so will follow your hand and tear floor in any other case.)

  • Serve: Adorn as desired – I used slices of recent oranges, rind strips and sprigs of flowers. A dusting of icing sugar / powdered sugar can be beautiful. Lower, then serve! See Word 7 for strategies.

Recipe Notes:

1. Oranges – the cake is ok with smaller or bigger oranges, however purpose for round 600g/1.2lb in whole. If they’re much bigger, then the cake will simply be extra moist. Clearly if yours are tiny, then use greater than 2 in order that they whole 600g/1.2lb!
2. Massive eggs – business commonplace, labelled as such at grocery shops. 55 – 60g / 2 ozeach.
three. Almond meal / floor almonds (similar factor) – that is finely blitzed uncooked, entire almonds in powder kind, used instead of flour so as to add a superbly nutty flavour to muffins, makes them extremely moist and in addition gluten-free. Discover it within the dried fruit and nut part or well being meals part of grocery shops. Making your individual: 250g/9 ozwhole, uncooked unsalted almonds, blitzed till powdered.
Almond flour is barely completely different however can be utilized. Cake texture shall be barely lighter (almond flour is made with blanched peeled almonds). 
four. Altering water makes the cake flavour a bit cleaner since you’re discarding the bitter flavour within the water. Nevertheless it’s solely marginal – I’ve usually performed a 40 minute straight boil.
5. Cake pans – additionally nice in 2 x 20cm/eight” pans, 50 minutes in oven. I like utilizing 1 x 23cm / 9″ pan as a result of it is barely taller.
6. Meals processor is finest for ease of use. It’s also possible to use a blender (it is simply extra annoying to scrape out all batter) or a NutriBullet (too small for full batter, so blitz oranges first, switch to bowl, blitz every little thing else after which combine).
I’ve additionally made this by hand when tenting: I finely chopped boiled oranges by knife, then used a fork to mash as finest I may (mortar and pestle would additionally work.) To cook dinner, I used a big pot, with a cake pan elevated over simmering water utilizing just a few rocks, lid on, about 1 hour. Labored 100% completely – and got here out much more moist from the steam!
7. Serving: Scrumptious plain as a result of it is so moist and flavourful, however a dollop of Greek or plain yogurt, or creme fraiche can be fantastic. In any other case, barely warmed with vanilla ice cream!
Decorations – see in publish for strategies.
eight. Storage – retains 5 days in an hermetic container within the pantry, although if it is scorching the place you might be, then it is really helpful to maintain within the fridge. Stays 100% completely moist! It can be frozen as much as three months.
Make forward: Oranges could be boiled and chopped the day earlier than, and refrigerated. Convey to room temp then use per recipe.
9. Vitamin per serving assuming 12 servings.

Vitamin Data:

Energy: 268cal (13%)Carbohydrates: 32g (11%)Protein: eightg (16%)Fats: 14g (22%)Saturated Fats: 2g (13%)Ldl cholesterol: 82mg (27%)Sodium: 32mg (1%)Potassium: 173mg (5%)Fiber: fourg (17%)Sugar: 26g (29%)Vitamin A: 231IU (5%)Vitamin C: 27mg (33%)Calcium: 104mg (10%)Iron: 1mg (6%)

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