Thursday, 17 March 2011

Flourless Orange Cake

After tasting Yusuf's version of this flourless orange cake at the Rag Factory Jumble Sale last July, I proceeded to hassle him for the recipe until he finally emailed it to me. It then sat in my inbox, cold and lonely, until about a week ago. The four pathetic oranges sitting in the kitchen were begging me to put them out of their juicy but tasteless misery, and it was then I remembered the recipe.
It may seem like quite a bit of work at first, but once you've spent an hour and a half boiling the oranges, the cake actually comes together very quickly and easily. There's also some good news for those watching their waistlines - the cake's moist, crumbly texture is achieved without the use of any butter at all. The only change I made to the original recipe was to add 50gm of crystallised ginger to it all, for a little hint of spice (and because the ginger's best-before date was rapidly approaching). 

Flourless Orange Cake (adapted from Yusuf's recipe)

3 medium oranges (I used 4 small ones here)
6 eggs, separated
200gm caster sugar
50gm crystallised ginger (optional)
200gm ground almonds
1 tbsp baking powder

- Place whole, unpeeled oranges (clean them if need be) in water, bring to the boil, then simmer for 1 1/2 hours or more until soft.

- Drain oranges, cut into quarters, discard seeds and leave to cool. When cool, whiz oranges and ginger (if using) into food processor.

- Preheat oven to 180 C and lightly grease/line a 9 inch springform tin. 

- Beat egg yolks and sugar together until pale, then beat in oranges, almonds and baking powder.

- Beat egg whites until soft peaks, then fold gently into mixture. Pour batter into baking tin, and bake for an hour until firm to the touch. 

- Cool the cake in the tin, then remove it and dust icing sugar over it before serving. Enjoy!


  1. Hello, the cake looks tasty, does it taste of almonds? I would like to try it but I'm not too keen on almond!

  2. Hi! The almonds are there to take the place of flour, but it doesn't taste too 'almondy' as the orange flavour is fairly strong. You can also use other ground nuts to take the place of almonds if you're really not into them :)