Orange Almond Cake

orange almond cake

Since my husband and I have started our healthy eating habits, one of the things we had to give up were sweets. No more chocolate chip cookies, brownies or ice cream. It’s been difficult, but we’ve learned to deal with it.

So a few weeks ago when I decided I just couldn’t take it anymore, I decided to research some healthier desserts, and I came across an orange cake. SInce one of my all time favorite cakes has been pound cake, I thought this cake would really hit the spot.

I didn’t really have much faith in this cake, but since the main ingredients were lots of eggs and almonds, I thought how bad could it be.

Well, it turns out this cake wasn’t only not that bad, it was wonderful. Actually, one of the best cakes I’ve ever had. It’s delicately sweet, nutty and bursting with orange goodness. It’s super moist and makes a perfect accompaniment to coffee, tea or milk. It turned out to be one of those recipes I  know I’ll make again and again.

slice of orange cake

This cake does take some time, because you first have to boil some oranges for a few hours until they are nice and tender. You start with two whole oranges, cut them in half for easier cooking and just boil them until the rinds are translucent all the way through.

Next, you have to be really careful to remove each and every seed. If you miss a seed, your pulp will be bitter and you’ll have to start over. In case of a mistake, I cook one or two extra oranges, and then pulverize one orange at a time in the food processor and taste the pulp before adding it to my other ingredients. This way if you taste bitterness, you know you left a seed, and you can just toss that orange.

After you have your sweet pulp all pulverized, just mix it with eggs, almond four, sugar and baking powder. Then just spray a baking dish with Baker’s Joy®, the original non-stick baking spray with flour. It’s convenient, mess-free & guarantees a non-stick release every time!

almond cake white platter

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Yield: 16 servings

Orange Almond Cake

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   Total Time:   4 hours


2 medium Florida oranges
2 cups almond flour*
6 eggs
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup sugar
Bakers Joy non-stick baking spray


Halve oranges place in saucepan. Cover with water and bring to a boil. Turn to simmer and simmer for 2 – 3 hours, or until orange rinds are tender and translucent when cut into. Add water as needed during cooking process.

Heat oven to 350 °. Remove oranges from water and be sure to remove every seed. Add oranges to food processor and pulse until a thick pulp forms. Add orange pulp plus all other ingredients to a large bowl and mix well.

Spray a 10 inch round baking pan or 10 inch skillet with Bakers Joy non-stick baking spray. Pour batter into baking pan. Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes – 1 hour or until cake is set and toothpick is clean when inserted into the middle of the cake.

*To make almond flour, add sliced almonds to food processor and turn on for 2 – 3 minutes, or until almonds are ground fine.

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*Nutritional Information is not guaranteed for 100% accuracy.

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  21 Responses to “Orange Almond Cake”

  1. Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — April 23, 2014 @ 9:11 am

    What an interesting cake! I’ve seen a similar recipe before that used clementines and always thought it would be fun to try. Since there’s no flour or leavening, I’m assuming all the “lift” comes from the eggs, right?

  2. Marly — April 23, 2014 @ 9:51 am

    I love your recipes. These Orange Almond Cake looks fabulous!

  3. Samantha — April 23, 2014 @ 10:20 am

    I love that it is made with almond flour. I really want to get some experimentation going with different types of flour in my baking. I also want to replace my refined sugar with unrefined sugar so I can feel somewhat better about stuffing my face. Kudos to you and your husband for adopting better habits.

    Took the quiz, I’m a Tiramisu Kahlua Pound Cake!

  4. Paula - bell'alimento — April 23, 2014 @ 11:07 am

    A few of my favorite things all in one place!

  5. [email protected] — April 23, 2014 @ 11:22 am

    Love this flourless cake!! I recently tried a sugar free lemon flourless cake but since I can’t use almonds due to my youngest sons allergy, it’s a challenge. Yours look beautiful!

  6. Tasha @ ThatsSoYummy — April 23, 2014 @ 11:23 am

    I love the orange specks in the cake and how simple and not too bad for you this recipe is. I took the quiz and I’m a I’m a Tiramisu Kahlua Pound Cake! hehehe

  7. Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes — April 23, 2014 @ 2:04 pm

    My hubby and I are doing the same thing with trying to cut out sugar – I need to try this!

  8. Nutmeg Nanny — April 23, 2014 @ 2:50 pm

    I have a big bag of almond flour just begging to be used! This cake is totally getting made!

  9. Lauren @ Healthy Delicious — April 23, 2014 @ 4:10 pm

    Mmmm I feel like I can smell the citrus from here! This cake looks great – I bet the texture is marvelous.

  10. Rose | The Clean Dish — April 23, 2014 @ 5:33 pm

    I have never prepared oranges this way – I’ll absolutely have to try it! I bet this cake has a wonderful aroma. I love almond flour and oranges so this is a winner 🙂

  11. Ginny McMeans — April 23, 2014 @ 5:39 pm

    Gorgeous photographs too, by the way. 🙂

  12. Lora @cakeduchess — April 23, 2014 @ 6:39 pm

    I love baking with citrus this time of year and your orange-almond cake is lovely, Angie! Perfect to have with hot cup of coffee;)

  13. Erin — April 23, 2014 @ 7:16 pm

    I am loving citrus right now. I can’t get enough, and this cake looks wonderful!

  14. My WORD that looks like an amazing cake. I love orange and almond together.

  15. I am fascinated by the method of cooking the oranges. I would guess that it amplifies the flavor tremendously. It looks delicious.

  16. Joelen — April 23, 2014 @ 9:20 pm

    Orange and almond are just a great combo – your cake looks so simple and refined!

  17. Almond flavoring is my favorite! I can’t wait to try this cake!

  18. Beautiful photos. Sometimes dessert is better muted instead of overly sweet. I like this flavor combo.

  19. Dawn Lopez — April 24, 2014 @ 10:18 pm

    Ooh yum, this sounds like it would be perfect for quenching a sweets craving! Funny, I just tried almond flour for the first time this week and was really impressed! I will have to try this, looks delish!

  20. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — April 28, 2014 @ 9:56 pm

    My sister in law made me a cake for my birthday that was made with almond meal and it was the best cake ever. I know we would love this orange almond cake!

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