Orange Coffee Cake

Orange Coffee Cake

This coffee cake was really delicious.  My oldest son is not a foodie.  He eats to fill his stomach and doesn’t care a whole lot about the food itself.  So I was surprised when he made it a point to tell me, “That cake is good.”  I love the soft texture the sorghum and millet flours give this cake as well as the orange flavor provided by the juice and zest.

I adapted this recipe from Mennonite Country-Style Recipes.  I cut the sugar in half both in the cake and in the topping.  I substituted butter for shortening, and obviously made it gluten free.  I’m submitting this recipe as part of Simply Indulgent Mondays – Fabulous food made a little bit healthier.  Stop by for more great recipes and a chance to win a giveaway.

Orange Coffee Cake
Recipe type: Dessert
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅔ cup sorghum flour
  • ⅔ cup millet flour
  • ⅔ cup potato starch
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • zest of one orange
  • ½ cup sour milk (1/2 Tb. vinegar + milk to = ½ c.)
  • ½ cup orange juice
For the Topping
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
  1. With your mixer, cream together the sugar and butter.
  2. Add the eggs and beat until fluffy.
  3. Combine the dry ingredients and the zest, and separately combine the wet ingredients.
  4. Add the dry ingredients alternately with the wet ingredients to the mixture in the mixing bowl.
  5. Spread into a greased 9 x 13 inch baking pan.
  6. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until tester comes out clean.
  7. While it is baking, combine the topping ingredients.
  8. Spread the topping over the hot cake and broil a couple of minutes until lightly browned.

About Linda Etherton

Linda has been gluten free since 2000 when I was diagnosed with celiac disease which propelled me into the world of gluten-free cooking and baking. I am convinced that gluten-free food can and should be delicious, and I never apologize for serving it.
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  1. The Gluten-free 'Dish' says:


    This looks light,fluffy and delightful!

    I like baking with the same flours you chose.

  2. comfycook says:

    This looks like a delicious but simple dessert, the kind my husband likes.

  3. I'm so impressed when people can convert regular baking recipes to gluten free. That's a skill I haven't mastered yet!

  4. Heather @ Life, Gluten Free says:

    looks lovely :)

  5. That looks SO good!

  6. I love coffee cake. I've never used orange juice in mine but it sounds like a great addition. Thanks for the idea.

  7. Amy @ Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free says:

    Coffee cake is perfect for the cool weather and I agree with Brian that orange juice is a great flavor.

    Thanks for linking to Slightly Indulgent Mondays!

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