Flourless almond orange cake with 4 ingredients

Flourless almond orange cake with 4 ingredients

By 30/01/2017

Would you like a natural deodorant with floral notes for your house? Then make this cake!

On Sunday morning I woke up early to cook 3 oranges for my cake. The aromatic notes of the oranges spread all around the house so much that the whole family woke up within the next 30 minutes.

This is a delicious, gluten free, moist and nutty cake with intense and powerful orange notes and completely natural too.

Choose good quality organic oranges if you can or at least unwaxed ones as you are going to use both the skin and the juice for this recipe. You can cook them in a pressure cooker for 30 minutes if you have one but, if not, just let them simmer for 2 hours covered with plenty of water.

After whizzing the cooked oranges just mix them up with eggs, sugar and almond meal and pop the mixture in the oven. You will impress you guests.

This cake will always be moist inside and it won't rise as it has no baking powder added to it, it might actually shrink a little during cook but this is normal.


  • Prep Time : 25 minutes
  • Cook Time : 2h 45 min
  • Yield : 6



Wash the oranges, put them in a large sauce pan and cover them with cold water. Bring to the boil and let them simmer for a couple of hours; after this time switch off the heat and let them cool down in their own cooking water.

Cooking oranges

Squeeze the oranges a little to remove any excess water. Cut them in small pieces, remove any pips and whiz them to a puree consistency.

Pureed oranges

Add the egg yolks with 120 grams or 5/8 cup of sugar and stir. Add the almond meal and combine all the ingredients well.

Cake mixture

Whip the egg whites with the remaining sugar until firm then gently stir them into the almond and orange mixture.

Adding egg whites

Use a non-stick spring form cake tin measuring approx 20 cm or 8 inch. I have lined the bottom of the tin with some parchment paper and I have cut the excess off. You can do this if you wish as it will make it easier later to remove the cake. If not make sure you grease the tin well with oil.

Lining baking tin with parchment paper

Pour the mixture into the tin and bake at 180C or 350F for 45 minutes. Check with a toothpick and leave it in the oven for a little longer if the cake is still too moist inside.

Cake mixture on baking tin

Let it cool down completely before removing it from the mold. This cake is very fragile!

I have decorated it with vanilla sugar and blanched almonds.

Flourless almond and orange cake gluten free

Flourless orange and almond cake, gluten free

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16 Responses to Flourless almond orange cake with 4 ingredients

  1. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    That looks sensational! I love that golden yellow colour from the whole oranges!

  2. Chiara

    la faccio anche io ma metto le arance direttamente nel robot senza cuocerle, voglio provare la tua versione, grazie !

    • Alida

      Oh ottima idea, mi sa che anche io provo la tua la prossima volta.

  3. gloria

    Absolutely wonderful , love the colour!!!

  4. Balvinder

    Just sensational as Angie said.
    I have been thinking to try this from a long time but never get around to do so. I am saving it in bookmarks to make it soon.

  5. speedy70

    CHe bontΓ  questo dolce, da rifare!!!!

  6. La cucina di Molly

    Che deliziosa torta, colorata, profumata e golosa, bravissima, da rifare sicuramente! Un bacione!

  7. Kate - Gluten Free Alchemist

    Love flourless orange cake! I make one very similar….. always so moist and you can persuade yourself it is really quite healthy!

  8. Choclette

    Love this idea. Who would have thought only 4 ingredients were needed? Looks beautiful too. I think I need to find myself some more blood oranges!

  9. Mary

    Can you give a weight or circumference measurement on the oranges, please? Or at least a weight measurement of the puree. Thank you

    • Alida

      Hi Mary. The weight of the oranges was about 150 grams each (about 2/3 cup)

  10. Ana

    Would love to try it! Can you recommend the settings for cooking the oranges in instant pot?

    • Alida

      By instant pot do you mean a pressure cooker? When I use it I usually halve the cooking time so, if for instance you need to cook something for 1 hour, it would just take 30 minutes in a pressure cooker. I hope this helps.

  11. Cynthia

    What a lovely cake! My husband and I both share an Italian heritage. His parents are celebrating their 40th anniversary. Instead of buying gifts, we baked them this cake. We didn’t have a blender so we pureed the oranges by hand. As a result, the texture was thicker with little chunks. Like a panetonne. Hubby lovingly called it our “rustic” orange and almond cake. We served it with whipped cream and orange slices. It was a hit! And our kitchen smelled heavenly, too!

    • Alida

      That is wonderful Cynthia. I am very pleased you all enjoyed the cake and for a special occasion too πŸ™‚

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