Flourless Almond Orange Cake

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Crushed almonds instead of flour, whole oranges, yep rind and all, think your favorite orange marmalade, and lots of eggs, macaron-like, yummy flourless orange cake!

How To Make The Best Gluten-free Orange Cake

Orange Cake, You Say?

This Orange cake is too healthy to be cake! Whole oranges, nut flour, lots of eggs and a bit of sugar. A macaron and orange marmalade marriage. The most unique cake you will ever make. No, this scrumptious orange cake is not just any ole cake with orange flavor in it. No, it’s not some ole pound cake with an orange glaze. This orange cake IS AN ORANGE CAKE! Really!

Gluten-Free Orange Cake

No wheat flour and no weird concoction of flour called gluten-free flour. This gluten-free orange cake is make with nuts. Two whole cups of nuts, any nuts you want, ground to a powder. That becomes your flour.  Healthy flour. 

Nut-flour Oranges and Eggs
Nut-Flour. Oranges. Eggs.

Dairy-Free Orange Cake

No milk, or cream or butter or creamy anything. The moisture in this cake comes from simmering 3 whole oranges, cut into chunks, for 5 minutes, cool, drain and puree the whole orange pieces. The natural oil in the orange rinds adds to the moisture of the delicious cake. 

Whole oranges prepared for the best orange cake.
Whole Oranges Prepared For The Best Orange Cake

Light And Airy Orange Cake

Six whole eggs get separated. Whites get whipped to fluffy perfection, while the fatty yolks are whisked into light creamy ribbons along with just one cup of sugar. I like to think of this cake as a macaron cousin with a lather of marmalade!

Orange Garnish For An Orange Cake

Orange peels get sliced into long strips, twisted around a skewer to make thin twisted ribbons, glazed in a pan with a little sugar to put a kind of candy coating on the orange rinds, then slid off the skewers and placed on top the cake. A dollop of mascarpone  or plant based cream cheese. 

Orange peel ribbons
Orange Peel Ribbons

Extra Orange Flavor In Orange Cake?

Absolutely! You can use a favorite orange extract to kick up the orange flavor but my choice is always Orange Blossom Water. Such a heavenly smell and flavor. A beautiful floral scent. A little orange booze can be used also!

orange blossom and orange liquor
Orange blossom and Orange liquor

How To Make Orange Cake

A few whole oranges, chopped and barely covered with water, get simmered for 5 minutes just to soften the skins. Scoop the oranges out from the water bath and save the orange water to add sugar and boil for a glaze, should you choose to pour a glaze on top the finished cake. 

While the oranges cool, whip the egg whites to light and fluffy in one bowl. In a separate bowl whisk egg yolks and sugar until light and creamy. 

Grind nuts to a flour. Combine these four steps together, transfer to a spring-form pan and bake to perfection. A little crunch on the outside, and very moist on the inside. Serve as is, or put what ever you like with oranges, on top!

Ingredients Needed

  • Oranges
  • Eggs
  • Nuts – Any favorite nut
  • Sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Confection sugar
  • Orange liquor or orange blossom

Equipment Needed

  • Cutting board
  • Chopping knife
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Wooden spoon or slotted spoon
  • Saucepan
  • Cake pans
  • Sifter
  • Stovetop or burner
  • Oven

Orange Cake Recipe

Recipe by Robin DaumitCourse: DessertCuisine: European



Crushed almonds instead of flour, whole oranges, think your favorite orange marmalade, and lots of eggs, macaron-like, yummy orange cake!


  • Oranges – 3, sliced into pieces, skin and all

  • Eggs – 6, separated

  • Nuts – 2 cups, any nut you prefer, or use almond meal already ground

  • Sugar – 1 cup

  • Baking powder – 1 teaspoon

  • Salt – 1/2 teaspoon

  • Powdered sugar – 2 tablespoons, (optional for a glaze)

  • Orange liquor or orange blossom water – 1 tablespoon (optional for a glaze)

  • Shredded coconut – 1/4 cup, (optional for finish)


  • Preheat oven to 350. Prepare a spring form pan or the pan you plan to use with non-stick spray, or wipe a little oil in the pan so the cake will come out easily.
  • Slice oranges into pieces, skin and all. Place in a pot with just enough water to cover them. Simmer 5 minutes. Scoop oranges pieces out to cool. Puree the cooled oranges and set aside. If you want a glaze, reduce the water from the orange/water to half and set aside to mix with powdered sugar later.
  • Separate the eggs. In one bowl, beat the whites with a mixer until light and cloud like. In a separate, larger bowl, mix the egg yolks and sugar until lighter in color.
  • In a blender or food processor, crush the nuts to a powder. If using almond meal, you can skip this step.
  • In the bowl of egg yolks and sugar, add the pureed oranges, nut flour, baking powder, salt and mix well. Fold in the egg whites. Gently mix all ingredients together. Pour into prepared baking pan.
  • Bake until cake is firm, about 50 minutes. Cool.
  • Glaze
  • Using the reduced orange water the oranges were simmered in, add the powdered sugar and orange liquor or orange blossom. Whisk well and pour over the top of the cake to sink into it and add an extra dimension of sweet orange to the cake.
  • If using coconut for finish, sprinkle while the cake is moist from orange glaze.


  • This cake is delicious with or without a glaze but to elevate its presentation you could also melt a little chocolate and drizzle it over the cake after it has baked and cooled. 
  • Optional Fancy Garnish: For a lovely garnish, cut thin strips of orange rinds, twirl tightly around a skewer and let sit 30 minutes (can be done in advance). Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of sugar in a pan, slide the orange rinds off the skewer and gently toss them in the sugar over a medium heat until the sugar melts and glazes the rinds. Set aside and serve on top of the cake slices over a dollop of mascarpone or plant based cream cheese. 
Flourless Orange Cake
Flourless Orange Cake

My Muffin Madness


In my family, I’ve always been known as the ‘Muffin Queen’. Out of necessity, I created muffins for breakfast, lunch, on the go snacks, sometimes dinner and a sweet yet healthyish treat for dessert!

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Ally Billhorn
3 years ago

I love orange flavored cakes…this looks wonderful!

3 years ago

This recipe sounds wonderful

Toni | Boulder Locavore

I can’t wait to give it a try! Looks so good!


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