Moist Almond and Orange Cake – A Gluten Free Cake Recipe

This may be  gluten free cake recipe, but it is the most deliciously, moist almond and orange cake as well!
This may be gluten free cake recipe, but it is the most deliciously, moist almond and orange cake as well!

This almond and orange cake 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 a light, fat free cake and a gluten free cake, so 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).

Find other recipes, inlcuding my cherry clafoutis recipe in my on-line work-in-progress recipe book The Les Trois Chenes Cookbook (sorry but due to new Google 'rules' I can't leave links to these pages).


Ingredients for orange and almond cake dessert
Ingredients for orange and almond cake dessert

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?

Is your baking powder gluten-free?

What is baking powder made from? Baking powder is composed of baking soda, cream of tartar and something to absorb moisture. This latter agent is often cornstarch which contains gluten. Make sure that you choose a baking powder which uses a gluten free starch like potato. Always check ingredients.

You can easily buy gluten free baking powder on line and I've picked out just three for you.

Simmer oranges in water for an hour
Simmer oranges in water for an hour
Grease and line a cake tin
Grease and line a cake tin
Cool on a cooling tray
Cool on a cooling tray

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 (see How to Line a 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.

Simply delicous
Simply delicous
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Videix lake and beach has four restaurantsThe courtyard at Les Trois ChenesB & B bedroom 1Videix is beautiful in autumn and winter as wellView from the windowsPainting tuition on the banks of the lakeCherry blossom out in the garden in SpringOur three star gite has three en-suite bedrooms and a large, private, enclosed gardenSo much to do in LimousinBedroom 1 in the gite or holiday cottageOpen plan living roomOpen plan dining and kitchen areasWe do special breakfast menusThere is a shared play area, this year we have a new trampolineRochechouart castle
Videix lake and beach has four restaurants
Videix lake and beach has four restaurants
The courtyard at Les Trois Chenes
The courtyard at Les Trois Chenes
B & B bedroom 1
B & B bedroom 1
Videix is beautiful in autumn and winter as well
Videix is beautiful in autumn and winter as well
View from the windows
View from the windows
Painting tuition on the banks of the lake
Painting tuition on the banks of the lake
Cherry blossom out in the garden in Spring
Cherry blossom out in the garden in Spring
Our three star gite has three en-suite bedrooms and a large, private, enclosed garden
Our three star gite has three en-suite bedrooms and a large, private, enclosed garden
So much to do in Limousin
So much to do in Limousin
Bedroom 1 in the gite or holiday cottage
Bedroom 1 in the gite or holiday cottage
Open plan living room
Open plan living room
Open plan dining and kitchen areas
Open plan dining and kitchen areas
We do special breakfast menus
We do special breakfast menus
There is a shared play area, this year we have a new trampoline
There is a shared play area, this year we have a new trampoline
Rochechouart castle
Rochechouart castle

Why not come and sample more of our recipes?

If you are thinking about your summer holidays 2011, why not join us in Videix. Enjoy the peace and quiet of this hidden corner of south west France. We are situated in the tiny hamlet of Videix, ten minutes from the historic medieval town of Rochechouart with its magnificent chateau, about half an hour from Saint Junien and La Rochefoucald and less than an hour from Limoges and Angouleme.

Enjoy good French food and wine, walking, swimming, fishing and cycling. Sunbathe, read or just do nothing at all! We have a Bed and Breakfast and a three star self catering holiday cottage or gite, and we also offer residential painting holidays. Interested? Have a look at our web site www.lestroischenes.com or drop me an e-mail at info@lestroischenes.com


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.

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Les Trois Chenes 5 months ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France Author

Yes, I do love an easy, foolproof recipe and this Orange cake recipe pushes those buttons. Thanks for leaving a comment, Peter.


Peter A Edwards 5 months ago

A very simple recipe with very few ingredients. The essence of baking in its purest form.


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Les Trois Chenes 4 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France Author

Many thanks for leaving this message, Melovy. Do let me know how you get on.


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK

I love the moistness of cakes made with almonds. I have never heard of the method you used with oranges before. It sounds really intriguing and I will have to give it a try! Thanks for sharing the recipe.


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Les Trois Chenes 5 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France Author

Hi Megan. I bought the cointreau but haven't tried the cream yet. Next time .... Many thanks for dropping by and do please let me know how it turns out.


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Les Trois Chenes 5 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France Author

Hi Megan. I bought the cointreau but haven't tried the cream yet. Next time .... Many thanks for dropping by and do please let me know how it turns out.


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Megan Kathleen 5 years ago from Los Gatos, CA

This looks amazing. And I especially like the tip about the whipped cream with orange zest and cointreau. I will most definitely have to try that!


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Les Trois Chenes 5 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France Author

crystolite, Thx so much for the feedback; pleased you enjoyed the article.


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crystolite 5 years ago from Houston TX

Nice article with a salivating samples of different type of dishes.


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Les Trois Chenes 5 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France Author

Sally's Trove I'm not an expert in cooking - the whole point of my recipes is that ANYONE, even me, can make a success of them! but I guess that you could just replace flour with ground almonds. In our part of France, Limousin, chestnuts used to be a staple food. They would dry them and grind them into flour. I expect this would be another alternative. Would anything ground up into a flour work? Many thanks for your thought-provoking comments and do let me know if you idea works and what turns out.


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Sally's Trove 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

What a beautiful cake. I'm fascinated (along with other readers) with how the oranges are used. That's the easiest method of preparing an orange for anything that I've ever seen. Boil whole and mash! Amazing.

About almonds...when we make a cheesecake, we make an almond crust (ground almond, sugar, butter) for those who eat gluten-free foods. I guess ground almonds could be considered something like a flour. I never thought of adding baking powder to the almond cheese cake crust, but I think I might do that, along with an egg.

Up and awesome (as is every recipe from Les Trois Chenes)!


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Les Trois Chenes 5 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France Author

Andycool, so pleased you enjoyed it. It really is excellent and easy.


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andycool 5 years ago from the U.S.

I cooked your cake yesterday. Really delicious! We enjoyed it together in a party at my friend's home! Very tasty indeed... thanks for sharing! Looking forward to read more such hubs on fabulous recipes written by you. - andycool


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Les Trois Chenes 5 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France Author

Please do drop a note and let me know if you liked the cake, Andy. Send a pic even!


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andycool 5 years ago from the U.S.

I think it's gonna be delicious! I'll try this one coming Sunday for sure... let you know then. Thanks for sharing! - Andy


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Les Trois Chenes 5 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France Author

Hard to believe that a cake with no fat and no flour can be so nice. Do let me know if you make it, FeliciaM.


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FeliciaM 5 years ago from Canada

OMG, it looks delicious!! I am going to try this cake as I don't eat wheat and try to help my kids avoid it as much as possible. thanks!!


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Les Trois Chenes 5 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France Author

Many thanks for your very apt comment, Phillip!


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phillip goodson 5 years ago

that looks sooooooo goooood!


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Les Trois Chenes 5 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France Author

Whole-isticDiva, using the whole orange makes the cake really tangy and it smells wonderful.


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Whole-isticDiva 5 years ago from NY, NY

This looks really good! Interesting method of boiling oranges in water and then using the whole fruit, peel and all. I've never seen that before.


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Les Trois Chenes 5 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France Author

dahoglund, alekhouse, I love a cake that I'm sure is going to work out well. Many thanks for your comments.


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alekhouse 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

What an amazing cake. I've got to try it.


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

This really looks good.

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