Almond and Orange Cake

Updated February 23, 2016

This cake does not need flour or butter, so it's great for people on restricted diets.

Good with fresh fruit such as raspberries, blackberries, or blueberries and a spoonful of thick yogurt or whipped cream.

Makes8 servings

Preparation Time10 min

Preparation Time - Text10 mins, plus cooling

Cooking Time1 min

Cooking Time - Text60

Cooking Methodbaking



Total Timeunder 2 hours

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

One Pot MealYes

OccasionCasual Dinner Party, Family Get-together

Recipe Coursedessert

Dietary Considerationgluten-free, lactose-free

Equipmentelectric mixer

Five Ingredients or LessYes

Taste and Texturenutty, sweet

Type of Dishcake


  • 7 oz (200g) carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 tbsp fresh orange juice, or orange- or almond-flavored liqueur
  • 4 large eggs, separated
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Grated zest of 1 orange
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1¼ cup almond flour (almond meal)
  • Confectioners sugar, for sifting (optional)
  • 8 in (20cm) round cake pan


Preheat the oven to 325°F (160°C). Butter an 8in (20cm) round cake pan and line the bottom with a round of parchment paper.

Cook the carrots in a little water about 15 minutes, or until very tender. Drain and purèe with the orange juice; you should have ½ cup of purèe.

Beat the egg yolks, vanilla, and orange zest in a large bowl with an electric mixer on high speed. Gradually add the sugar, mixing until it becomes very thick. Stir in the carrot purèe and almond flour.

In a clean, dry bowl, with clean beaters, beat the egg whites until stiff, then fold into the batter. Spread in the pan. Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Transfer to a wire rack and cool for 10 minutes. Invert onto the rack, peel off the paper, and cool completely. Sift confectioner's sugar over the top before serving, if desired.



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