Gluten-free orange and almond cake

It's rare for me to seek out a gluten-free recipe. I am a dedicated full wheat bread baker (and eater.) Pasta, too. And pizza. You could in fact call me Fiona Gluten Walmsley. 

I'm baking for a school cake stall this weekend though, and apparently the gluten-free options are big sellers.

I also coincidentally happened to flick past SBS's Food Safari last week and saw these fabulous Jewish ladies making orange and almond cake. A quick web search found the recipe. 6 EGGS?!!! That's way more than my baking budget allows per cake. Besides I just can't seem to follow instructions. 

Here's my version.

Orange and Almond Cake

based on this recipe by Batia Slater


2 oranges

4 eggs

200g (1 cup) raw sugar (or use white – I ran out)

200g almond meal

1 tsp baking powder



Wash the oranges and cover them with water (skin and all) in a saucepan and boil for 1.5 hours. Set aside to cool. 

Preheat oven to 190°. 

Crack your eggs into a big bowl. Use a slender blender if you have one, and whizz. Or whisk. Add the sugar and whizz. Put the whole oranges into the bowl and whizz with the slender blender. If you don't have a hand blender, you'll need to process them in a food processor. Or normal blender. If you live in an Amish community and have no electric kitchen gizmos whatsoever, then bash up the oranges, taking out your frustration with these people who insist on posting recipes requiring equipment for heavens sake. Then chop as finely as you possibly can.

After the oranges and eggs and sugar are all beautifully combined, stir in the almond meal and baking powder.

That's it.

Too easy.

Pour into a 20cm round springform tin if you have one. Or not. It's not going to fail if you bake it in a ring tin. It might not work in cupcake tins but knock yourself out. 

Mine took 45 mins. 




Henry has decided it's his favourite cake in the known universe so I might have to knock out a 3-egg version, will let you know.

I don't think I've ever been as happy in my whole life as I am right now. And I'm not entirely referring to that empy plate. 

Hope you're feeling awesome today.


10 Comments on “Gluten-free orange and almond cake

November 4, 2010 at 12:50 am

Mmmm… I would be one of those people making gf cakes big-sellers at your local school bakesale! Gluten – can’t swallow the stuff without suffering. AND this looks delicious. Thankyou. I will be giving it a try.

I like how you just oh-so-casually through that rather large-of-impact comment at the end of your post there.

November 4, 2010 at 5:51 am

Yep, awesome here, too. You’re a dream- I’m so going to try this recipe. (BTW, enjoyed your dahl more than any other dahl ever, but that’s not saying as much as it could be.)

This level of happiness now- are you talking about the lovely (but short-term(?)) results of the cake, or is this a great, inspiring, just-take-joy-in-what-you-have thing? Or is there news? I’m loving all three options!

November 4, 2010 at 9:18 am

awesome post of pics fi!!!

i will try this one for sure. recipe printed!


November 4, 2010 at 9:45 am

ooooooom nom nom nom. testing for SURE.

November 4, 2010 at 1:24 pm

See! Who needs gluten? *takes large chomp of english muffin*

November 4, 2010 at 8:21 pm

I can’t wait to make that!! My daughter and I are gluten free unfortunately so this is wonderful. Thanks!

November 4, 2010 at 10:10 pm

Ha! Love the cake time lapse photography Fi 🙂
And so glad Miss Ivy can get some use from the slippers x

November 8, 2010 at 6:35 pm

As I was making this I realised it’s also diary free 🙂 but I know you are also a keen supporter of diary… Anyway…. I enjoyed the process of making this and found it fascinating the way it came together. My skewer came out dry after 45 mins so I pulled it out of the oven – however I didn’t get that delist crust that yours looks like it has in the photo and it was a bit too soft – next time I am going to cook it longer. Awesome recipe thanks

November 30, 2010 at 12:06 am

Made it tonight for a gluten free birthday, I kept overheading comments about how lovely and moist and tasty it was, and how everyone thought it had orange liquer in it – deeeeelish! Plus the smell of boiling oranges? To die for. 🙂

Spencer @ Moo-Lolly-Bar
January 23, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Looks absolutely delicious! I wouldn’t mind chowing down on a big plate of it!


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