Orange Almond Cake

Since cutting back on carbs, I have ventured a little farther into the world of almond flour.  It’s an ingredient I would like to explore working with more, so I was thrilled when the Almond Board of California contacted me with two gluten and dairy free recipes.

The recipes were developed by dieticians.  I’ll be sharing one of them with you today and the other next month.  Both times you’ll have an opportunity to win a giveaway from the Almond Board.

Almond Orange Cake

I haven’t made this recipe myself, yet, because I allowed myself a few desserts at Christmas and now I’m back on a mostly sugar free diet.  This almond cake looks wonderful, though, and I wanted to share it with you.

You can find more recipes at the California Almonds web site, but they are not all gluten or dairy free.  If you enter “gluten free” in the recipe search bar, you will get some nice looking results.  I bet they have additional recipes that are gluten free but are not labeled as such.

4.9 from 12 reviews
Orange Almond Cake and Almond Giveaway
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 2 Tablespoons orange zest
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1½ cups almond flour or almond meal*
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 4 Tablespoons sugar
  • Pinch salt
  • Powdered sugar
  • 2-3 Tablespoons slivered almonds for decoration
  1. Preheat oven to 375º.
  2. Prepare a 9 inch cake pan or springform pan: grease bottom and sides well. Cut out a circle of wax paper and fit it into the bottom of the pan. Grease the paper. Coat the bottom and sides of the pan with almond flour, shaking out the excess.
  3. Beat egg yolks, zest, cinnamon, and 2 Tablespoons sugar with electric mixer.
  4. Mix almond flour with 2 Tablespoons sugar and stir into the mixture above.
  5. Beat egg whites, pinch of salt, and 4 Tablespoons sugar until soft peaks form.
  6. Blend a large spoonful of the egg white mixture into the almond mixture with a spatula. (It will be very stiff so mash it in, and add more whites until it’s soft enough to fold in the rest.)
  7. Fold in the rest of the egg whites.
  8. Pour into prepared pan.
  9. Bake for 35 minutes until tester comes out clean.
  10. Cool in pan, then un-mold and turn onto a serving platter.
  11. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and slivered almonds.
You can purchase almond flour or almond meal, the latter is ground with skin. You may also grind your own in a food processor or blender, using about 1½ to 2 cups of almonds.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 slice Calories: 140


This giveaway is now closed.

The Giveaway: The Almond Board of California will send one winner 3 pounds of almond flour, 1 pound slivered almonds, and 1 pound whole roasted almonds.

  • This giveaway is limited to U.S. residents 18 and older.
  • One entry per person
  • Enter by leaving a comment on this post.
  • The giveaway begins January 14, 2013 and ends on January 18, 2013 at 11:00 pm eastern time .

No purchase is necessary.  Odds of winning are based on the number of entries.  The winners will be randomly chosen and will be contacted by email.  The winners will have 24 hours to respond.  If the winner does not respond, a new winner will be randomly chosen.

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  1. Lisa says

    Always looking for new GF dessert recipes and this one looks great. I just discovered this websitr and look forward to discovering lots of new things on it. Thanks!

  2. Barbara says

    I can’t wait to try the Orange Almond Cake. I try to go grain free as well as gluten free. This is perfect.

    • Barbara says

      I made the cake today and it is delicious. It went together easily. I used a glaze of powdered sugar with orange extract on top. Thanks.

  3. Shari H says

    I just made some wonderful cheesy flatbread last night with almond flour, and I use almonds a lot in baked oatmeal, rice pilaf and just for snacking.

  4. Hillary says

    I’m newly gluten free and just learning how to bake gf. Can’t wait to try this!

  5. Laurie says

    I’ve learned to bake so many wonderful things with almond flour. It’s nutritious and delicious!

  6. says

    We are newly gluten free, and I have been wanting to try almond flour. This giveaway would be great to win. Thanks!

  7. says

    This recipe sounds great! I recently started on a GF DF diet, so this would be wonderful to win!
    Thanks for doing the giveaway.

  8. Jane M. says

    I have been learning how to cook GF for a year now, ever since I was found intolerant to gluten. I have really enjoyed it, and tried other flours and recipes, but never almond. It would be great to give almond flour a try and learn some new tips and recipes too! Thanks so much for giving me the opportunity! :)

  9. says

    I am newly gluten-free but have loved almonds all my life! Can’t wait to try this recipe, I’ll bet it’s delicious just like anything almond!! Thank you!!

  10. Tamara says

    I have been gluten free for about 6 months. I’m excited about trying gluten free baking recipes!

  11. Patty says

    Love almonds, love cake! Sounds like a winner of a recipe! Never tried baking with almond flour before.

  12. Terri says

    Almonds are do delicious and healthy too – I am going to try this recipe – sounds delicious! I hope I win the giveaway too!

  13. Morghan Mehling says

    Just saw this and being an almond LOVER I will bake this as soon as I get my chores done today. Gracias, gracias I am so pleased to see that everything in the recipe, I can eat!! You folks are great and I will be sharing this recipe with all the gluten free people here in my little town that has a lot of people that are GF.

  14. Rebekah says

    We love almonds in our house! My 4 year old can’t get enough of them! We will definitely be trying this recipe!

  15. Ariele says

    I love everything with almonds and the Orange Almond Cake recipe
    is next on my list to try.

  16. Allison Gardella says

    this looks like a low carb recipe too. Can’t wait to try it especially on a cold winter day.

  17. Sandra says

    Definitely going to try this recipe. Sounds amazing!! Thank you to you and the
    Almond Board of California for this giveaway!

  18. Lindsay says

    I’ve never baked with almond flour before – will be interesting to try!

  19. Sandra says

    I love using almond flour for most of the baked goods I make. I look forward to learning how to use it in more recipes including this one. Also, it is great for providing that protein we need when we are on the go.

  20. says

    So exciting to see such delicious treats using a very healthy ingredient! I’m excited to try it out for myself!

  21. KimH says

    Ohhh My!! Now THIS is a giveaway I would love love love to win!! I would jump up & down & dance all around.. haha.. truly I would. 😀

    I cant wait to try that recipe too.. looks & sounds heavenly.. Gonna have to go see if I’ve got any almonds hiding in my freezer!! yum!

    Thanks for sharing the recipe & the opportunity to win!!

  22. Stephanie says

    We love almonds! My family eats them every day for a healthy protein snack. And I love to use almond flour in recipes to make gluten free baking healthier.

  23. Jenni Rom says

    This sounds delicious–gotta try it. I eat almonds almost every day, and I HAVE almond flour, but haven’t tried baking with it … yet.

  24. laura says

    I’ve not used almond flour in baking but am thinking I need to try it. I’ve been reading about the benefits of nuts/almonds in the diet and plan to use them more in our diet. Thanks for the recipe!

  25. Carol Hughes says

    Thanks again for sharing such a lovely sounding recipe. I think I’ll try it for a pot-luck this week-end. And of course, I’d be delighted to win the almond flour and almonds!

  26. says

    First of all, this cake sounds luscious and I NEED to make it for hubby and me! Secondly, thank you for the opportunity to win this contest. We both love almonds and do lots of GF baking with almond flour.

  27. Carol says

    WE are newbies to gluten free cooking and are really looking forward to cooking more with almond flour.

  28. Suzanne R says

    I made a cake recipe a while back where oranges were boiled first & then thrown into a food processor peel and all. Then almond flour/meal was added & some eggs plus I forget what else. It was delicious & soooo moist. This post has made me want to find the recipe & make it again, which is what I’ll do if I win!

  29. Kathleen says

    I am just beginning to experiment with almond flour and would love to win this give-away!

  30. Cindy W. says

    I have been usingl almond flour more as well and this recipe looks amazing. I can’t wait to try it. Thank you for the giveaway.

  31. Debbie Henry says

    Thank you for the recipes. They look delicious. What a blessing it would be to win the giveaway

  32. Duey says

    What a great idea so many glutenfree recipire are chocolateit is refreshing to see something different and delicious.

  33. Theresa says

    I love using almond flour in baking. It makes the best chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter cookies, cookie bars etc. i would like very much to win. Thanks, for the opportunity.

  34. says

    Oh lovely! I love almond flour. If I may say so, I make a really good sugar/dairy/grain free cookie dough with almond flour. 😀 It’s so good, tastes like the real thing (to me). *licks lips* Thank you for the wonderful giveaway!!

  35. Janis S says

    This recipe does look good. I’d love to win this prize – love almonds!

  36. Kelly says

    Love almonds and can’t wait to try this recipe. Thanks to you we are trying almond flour in our GF recipes : )

  37. Karol says

    This looks wonderful. I think I’ll try to make this for the next special occasion. I love almonds, so this would be great :)

  38. Janet says

    I would love to win! Almond flour is out of my price range. I might try this with a GF all purpose flour. What do you think?

  39. June says

    I would love to win some almond flour, I’m running out and it’s pricey! Thanks! :)The cake looks wonderful!

  40. Grace S. says

    What a great giveaway! Love baking with almond flour but it is so expensive.

  41. Victoria Graves says

    Almond flour is tough to find here…I love baking with it, a nice, flavorful alternative to grain flours. Such a wonderful give-away! I’ll file the recipe away for next time I find almond flour, smile.

  42. Vicky says

    I could never afford almond flour, nor even tried it yet. But I hear its wonderful. This would give me the proud ‘share’ with my non gf friends to eat it with me!

  43. Jeanne says

    I can hardly wait to try this recipe for the cake! It really sounds delicious. Would love to win the almonds, too!

  44. Susan C says

    I am usually more interested in almonds when they are in chocolate, but this looks so good! :)

  45. Patricia says

    I love the nutrient and low glycemic value of almond flour. I have had great success in baking gluten free with it!

  46. says

    I absolutely love almond flour-been baking with it so much more as of late. Thanks for the giveaway!

  47. says

    LINDA, THIS RECIPE SOUNDS AMAZING! Can’t wait to try it. I love the flavor of almond flour and the moistness it lends to recipes. But best of all, I love the fact that it contains protein, fiber, and healthy fats. SUCH a great alternative to other nutrient devoid flours! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  48. Suzanne says

    Wow – that looks really yummy, and easy to make. My husband loves almond cake – I’ve never considered making it before, but now I will! Thanks for sharing!

  49. Chris says

    I don’t think I have ever had almond cake but it looks good – may have to give it a try. Thanks

  50. says

    Wow, I can’t wait to try this one! I’m always on the lookout for different recipes that use different ingredients so I can further experiment from what I’ve learned!

    I LOVE your site, by the way. I just recently started working with . It’s just starting out, but has a lot of potential to be a great place to get gluten-free questions answered. I’d love for you to maybe go look at it and see what you think! You’ve got so much experience, I’d love your thoughts!

    Thank you for your time, and for your willingness to share your wisdom!

  51. Amy L says

    I love eating and cooking with almonds. Thanks for sharing the recipe and the giveaway!

  52. Cindy L. says

    Thanks to California Almond Board for this terrific giveaway! Great recipes on their website including 1) Almond Shortbread w/Apple Cranberry Compote, 2) GF Amaretti Cookie, 3) GF Chesapeake Crab Cakes w/Almond Aioli, etc. WOULD LOVE TO WIN THIS GIVEAWAY AND START COOKING. Have used almond meal as part of a flour mix but never almond flour/meal alone.

  53. kathy ballinger says

    Just ordered California almonds this recipe to try .
    Thank you

  54. Renee' T. says

    I LOVE cooking with almond flour. It makes great cakes, muffins, cookies and the taste is fabulous. The best part for me is the high protein to help keep my
    blood sugar regulated.
    Keep on supplying us with great recipes!!!! :)

  55. Amy says

    I am excited to see recipes using almonds! Now that I finally have a handle on a GF diet, I am trying to move away from all of the starches!!

  56. says

    The aroma of that cake must be fantastic! I’d love to taste it! For the past few months I’ve been trying almond flour in some different things. It’s quite surprising sometimes how it affects a recipe, and most of the time it”s a good change :-) I’m looking forward to trying this Orange Almond Cake soon.

  57. says

    We LOVE almonds here! We’re not gluten free but I have used almond flour before as a healthier alternative. And this cake is a lot like one I grew up with. Thanks for the recipe!

  58. emily q says

    In my couple of years of gf baking I really havent used almond flour very due to its more expensive. It would be great to win this giveaway! I do have some almonds in the refrigerator so I need to try making this lovely cake. Thanks!

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