Moist, Gluten-Free Almond and Orange Cake Recipe
This recipe is a real winner!
This orange and almond cake is no melt-in-the-mouth, fluffy, temperamental cake! This is a moist, satisfying cake with a deliciously fresh orange tang, but it's also light, fat-free, and gluten-free, so it's perfect for people with special dietary requirements.
It's a cake that I make at Les Trois Chenes, our bed and breakfast in Videix, Limousin, France. Because I love it, it's easy and reliable, but also we do occasionally have guests who can't eat gluten or who would like a low-fat meal and so this cake makes a perfect dessert for those occasions.
Thanks to my friend Sue for passing on this orange cake recipe (passed on to her by her friend Susi).
Orange and almond cake ingredients
- 2 large oranges
- 9oz / 250 g ground almonds
- 9oz / 250 g sugar
- 6 eggs
- 1 teaspoon gluten free baking powder*
Oven gas mark 5, 190°c 375°F
Don't you just love it when the list of ingredients is so short and simple?
How to make your orange and almond cake
- Simmer the oranges in water for two hours.
- Drain and let them cool.
- Grease and line a 20cm loose bottomed cake tin.
- Whizz the oranges whole in a food processor (I mashed mine with a potato masher and, although not completely smooth, I thought this worked well and saved time and washing up.
- Whisk 6 eggs in a bowl and fold in the other ingredients.
- Pour into the tin and put into the oven at 190°c.
- Bake for about an hour. The cake is cooked when you put a skewer into the middle of the cake and it comes out clean.
- Leave the cake to cool before you take it out of the tin.
- Place on a cooling tray to cool.
- This moist cake needs no decoration, but you can serve it with creme fraiche, yoghurt, ice-cream or any topping of your choice. One of our circle of friends whips her cream with grated orange zest and cointreau. Divine.
Did you notice that this is a fat-free cake?
This orange cake recipe contains no oil, margarine or butter! Ideal if you're looking for a fat free cake recipe.