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Flourless Orange Almond Cake

This flourless orange almond cake is moist, gluten free and bursting with fresh citrus orange flavor. Combined with its tangy cream cheese frosting, these individually portioned orange cakes are simply delicious.


Not your regular orange cake!

Have you ever boiled whole oranges before? Well, I never had, until I tried out this recipe. And let me tell you this- It revolutionized my life! As strange as it sounds, you just have to take the orange dump it into a pot of water and let it boil until the orange softens. Trust me, there’s a method to this madness. The flavors boiled oranges bring to this cake compared to just using the zest or juice of the oranges is next level. And this step can be done well in advance too.

While I cannot say that this flourless orange almond cake is a healthy one, as it contains sugar; it is definitely healthier than your regular butter, oil and flour cake. That’s if you’re eating it without the cream cheese frosting, which is creamily rich and worth every extra calorie. Let’s be honest – cakes aren’t meant to be healthy.

Well, you can try substituting the castor sugar for a natural sweetener like honey. But while I haven’t tried it out myself, why not give it a go for a healthier sugar free version.

Tips & Tricks

  • You can keep this cake in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days, if they last that long!
  • Adding ginger (powdered and fresh) to the cake gives it a nice zing. Plus the orange and ginger combo will give your immune system a good boost!

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Flourless Orange Almond Cake

Course: From The Kitchen, Something SweetDifficulty: Easy


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  • Flourless Orange Almond Cake
  • 1 medium orange

  • 3 eggs

  • 100g (⅓ cup plus 2 tbsp) castor sugar

  • 125g (1¼ cups) almond meal

  • ½ tsp baking powder (GF if required)

  • 1 tsp vanilla essence

  • 3-4 tbsp almond flakes (optional)

  • 1 tsp ground ginger (optional)

  • 1 tsp fresh grated ginger (optional)

  • Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 60g (¼ cup) cream cheese

  • 60g (½ stick) salted butter

  • 80g (⅔ cup) icing sugar, sifted

  • 1 tsp vanilla essence

  • 1 drop lemon juice (optional)


  • Flourless Orange Almond Cake
  • Cut the ends of the orange and place it in a pot. Cover it with enough water so that the whole orange is submerged.
  • Bring the pot to a boil over high heat, then reduce to a simmer. Boil the orange for about 30mins or until a fork can easily go through it. Drain the water and allow the orange to cool
  • Cut the orange into chunks, remove the seeds and blend it in a food processor (The entire orange – rind, membrane, etc). You are looking for a purée consistency, then set aside.
  • Preheat your oven to 180C/350F
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Mix in the orange purée, vanilla essence and grated ginger, if using any.
  • Then sift in the almond meal, baking powder and ground ginger, if using any. Mix until well combined
  • Divide batter into moulds and top off with almond flakes, if using any
  • Bake the cakes for 30mins or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean or with little to no crumbs. Set aside to cool down completely before frosting
  • Cream Cheese Frosting
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together the butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy
  • Whisk in the vanilla essence
  • Then gradually add in the sifted icing sugar
  • Finish off by adding a drop of lemon juice for extra zing
  • Pour frosting into a piping bag and decorate your mini loaves
Recipe inspired by Sugar Salt Magic and Mon Petit Four
Alison Signature

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