Gluten Free Orange Cake with Almond Flour Recipe

This Gluten Free Orange Cake recipe, made with six healthy ingredients, is one of our favorite easy recipes for dessert.

Every time I serve it people are shocked to find out my Orange Cake is made with whole oranges, peel, and all.

Easy Recipe for Gluten Free Dessert

Using the whole orange adds an incredible flavor dimension to this gluten free dessert, as well as healthy bioflavonoids.

Gluten Free Orange Cake with Almond Flour

Wondering how to make Orange Cake from scratch? All you need is whole oranges, almond flour, eggs, honey, salt, and baking soda.

People tell me it’s the best recipe for Orange Cake they’ve ever had!

Holiday Table

The Perfect Dessert for Holidays

This easy Orange Cake recipe is the perfect holiday dessert for Easter, Christmas, Hanukkah, Passover and more –we love it so much we make it all year long.

Your guests will love this healthy recipe, what more can you ask for in dessert for a holiday?

Gluten Free Orange Cake with Almond Flour

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  • Wash the oranges and boil them whole (peel and all) for 1½ hours, or until soft

  • Place whole oranges (peel and all) in a food processor and blend until smooth
  • Pulse in eggs, honey, almond flour, salt, and baking soda until well combined

  • Pour batter into a greased 9 inch springform pan
  • Bake at 375°F for 35-45 minutes, until a toothpick stuck in the center comes out clean

  • Cool in the pan for 2 hours

  • Serve

Prep Time 15 mins

Cook Time 45 mins

Total Time 1 hr

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What is Orange Cake?

You might be wondering, what is Orange Cake?

I’m glad you asked! I first came upon an orange almond cake recipe in the 1990s in one of Claudia Roden’s cookbooks, The Book of Jewish Food.

Roden is a British cookbook author, food scholar, and cultural anthropologist. She is also one of my heroes.

According to Roden, orange almond cake is a traditional Sephardic recipe commonly served at Passover.

Recipes for Passover Desserts

This Orange Cake is perfect for Passover because it does not contain chametz. As an aside, all of my dessert recipes are Kosher for Passover since they are free of chametz!

Whole Orange Cake Recipe

It seems weird to make a cake with whole oranges. However, using the orange with its peel is what makes the Orange Cake with Almond Flour moist and totally unique.

Yes, as I mentioned, use the entire orange including the peel! Make sure your oranges are fresh and sweet so the cake tastes delicious.

Make Ahead Cake Recipe

You can make this cake recipe ahead of time, that’s what I do when we’re entertaining.

If I’m having people over for Shabbat dinner, I make the cake Wednesday, let it cool on the counter overnight, then wrap it and store it in the fridge until Friday.

Food Processor

The Best Food Processor

You know I’m always in the kitchen testing recipes for you and I love showing you my favorite kitchen tools, including this food processor.

This one is not only affordable, it gets the job done quickly and well.

Dairy Free Orange Cake Recipe

Using a good food processor blends this cake batter to perfection, making it incredibly smooth.

Still, it’s amazing this cake is so rich and melt in your mouth delicious, given the lack of butter and flour. If you need an Orange Cake without dairy, this is for you.

Chocolate Orange Cake Recipe from Scratch

I’ve always wanted to smother this Orange Cake in my Dairy Free Chocolate Frosting recipe.

As a kid, I loved chocolate-covered orange peel, and couldn’t get enough of that flavor combo. I haven’t tried it here yet but I imagine it would be incredible.

Easy Recipe for Lemon Cake

This paleo Orange Cake recipe would be incredible with lemons, though many adjustments would need to be made since lemons are smaller than oranges, not as sweet, and far more bitter.

I tested this Orange Cake with Almond Flour recipe a couple of dozen times to perfect it so I’m not sure how substitutions would work in order to create a recipe for lemon cake.

I wish I had a crystal ball, it would make the process so much easier!  If you do experiment leave a comment and let us know if it works.


Easy Recipes for Dessert

Thankfully, you really don’t need to experiment with anything at all. I have hundreds of easy recipes for dessert here on the website, and in my three cookbooks as well!

Cakes with Almond Flour Recipes

But back to Orange Cake with Almond Flour. My recipe has been shared over fifteen thousand times on social media and is a real deal hit!

When I serve it, everyone loves it –those with diet restrictions as well as folks that can eat anything they want.

Almond Flour Cakes

My cakes with almond flour are so popular because they’re rich, dense, and full of flavor.

Low Carb Cake Recipe from Scratch

Another benefit of this cake recipe from scratch? It’s low carb and healthy because I use almond flour not the usual high carb wheat flour, the main ingredient in most cakes.

Easy Cake Recipes for Beginners

Below are some of my favorite easy cake recipes for beginners.

Easy Recipes for Cake

All of the easy recipes for desserts below are also dairy free cakes.

Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Cinnamon Coffee Cake Easy

My homemade Coffee Cake is one of my favorite comfort foods. It’s also one of my most popular recipes with over forty-thousand shares on social media.

Made with a base of almond flour, plus five other ingredients, you can throw this low carb coffee cake together in no time. It’s a great coffee cake recipe that’s quick!

cream cheese frosting

Nut Free Paleo Carrot Cake Recipe from Scratch

This lightly sweetened Paleo Carrot Cake recipe from scratch will blow your mind.

This is one of my favorite cakes made without almond flour. iI’s a nut free cake everyone can enjoy. If you’re allergic to nuts be sure to check out my Nut Free Recipes page.

Birthday Cake

Gluten Free Birthday Cake Recipe from Scratch

If you’re looking for a birthday cake that’s chocolate this family favorite Gluten Free Birthday Cake is a clear winner.

I made this easy cake recipe for beginners often when the boys were growing up. Soon they took over and made it for my birthday! This is one of those easy to bake dessert recipes that you’ll quickly fall in love with.

Prefer a recipe for vanilla birthday cake? Check out my fan favorite Gluten Free Vanilla Birthday Cake.

Both of these cakes are nut free and made with a base of coconut flour.

Simple Cake Recipes

With the cake recipes above, your choices range from birthday cake to Strawberry Shortcake and much more!

Which of these cake recipes will you bake?

This post is an oldie but goodie from the archives. I first shared this Gluten Free Orange Cake with Almond Flour in November 2008.

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